Nurse Aide Training Programs in North Carolina

As an American Red Cross trained caregiver you are desired by employers and become part of a tradition of a commitment to quality, comprehensive and compassionate healthcare spanning over 100 years. The Nurse Assistant Training Program of the American Red Cross, Salisbury exceeds Federal and State CNA training requirements in North Carolina.

Admission Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Clear background check.
  • Proof of US citizenship or current Permanent Residence Card (Green Card)
  • A High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Basic computer skills and access to reliable Internet capable computer with printer
  • Obtain a physical, proof of negative Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B vaccinations prior to enrollment

The expectation of excellence is high in this fast-paced and intensive program. Your instructors are highly-experienced Registered Nurses dedicated and committed to your success.

This is a four-week course with120-hours of training and includes 32 hours of clinical experience. In a small class setting, students learn, via lecture, videos, role-playing, laboratory and clinical experience, procedural skills such as bathing, dressing, positioning, and vital signs. You also learn key communication techniques to provide compassionate care for people within the health care system. Your clinical rotation at a local long-term care facility features a 1:10 instructor to student ratio. After graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the North Carolina Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) exam. For more information visit

CNA Programs in Rowan County

American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Institute - Salisbury
1930 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, Salisbury, NC 28147
Phone: (704) 864-2623 ext. 11

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - Salisbury
P.O. Box 1595, Salisbury, North Carolina 28145
Phone: (704) 637-0760

Nurse Assistant Courses in Buncombe County

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College CNA Course
340 Victoria Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Phone: (828) 254-1921

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - Enka Campus
1459 Sand Hill Road., Candler, NC 28715
Phone: (828) 254-1921

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - Goodwill
340 Victoria Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Phone: (828) 254-1921

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College CNA Course - Madison Campus
4646 US 25-70, Marshall, North Carolina 28753
This nurse assistant program is closed or currently inactive.

Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Nurse Aide Training
932 Old U.S. 70, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: (828) 669-3100

CNA Training Programs in Alamance County

Alamance Community College Carrington-Scott Campus - Graham
1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC 27253
Phone: (336) 578-2002

CNA Schools in Alleghany County

Sparta Wilkes Community College - Alleghany Campus
115 Atwood Street, Sparta, NC 28675
Phone: (336) 372-5061

CNA Programs in Anson County

South Piedmont Community College - East Campus
4209 Old Charlotte Hwy., Monroe, North Carolina 28110
Phone: (704) 272-7635

Nursing Assistant Training Classes in Ashe County

Wilkes Community College - Ashe Campus
363 Campus Drive, Jefferson, NC 28640
Phone: (336) 246-3900

Nurse Aide Training Programs in Avery County

Mayland Community College - Avery Campus
200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777
Phone: (828) 733-5883

Nursing Assistant Courses in Beaufort County

Beaufort County Community College - Beaufort Campus
5337 Hwy 264 East, Washington, NC 27889
Phone: (252) 946-6194

CNA Training Courses in Bertie County

Martin Community College - Bertie Campus
409 West Granville Street, Windsor, North Carolina 27983
Phone: (252) 794-4861

Nurse Aide Training Courses in Bladen County

Bladen Community College - Dublin
7418 Old Highway 41, Dublin, NC 28332
Phone: (910) 862-2164

Bladen Community College - Elizabethtown
204 South Morehead Street, Elizabethtown, North Carolina 28337
This CNA program is closed or currently inactive.

Bladen Community College - Clarkton
7418 Old Highway 41, Dublin, NC 28332
Phone: (910) 862-2164

Bladen Community College - East Arcadia Campus
1741 East Arcadia Road, Riegelwood, NC 28332
Phone: (910) 879-5634

Nursing Assistant Programs in Brunswick County

Brunswick Community College - Supply
P.O. BOX 30, Supply, NC 28462
Phone: (910) 755-7337

Nurse Aide Training Programs in Burke County

Broughton Hospital - Morganton
1000 South Sterling Street, Morganton, North Carolina 28655
Phone: (828) 433-2111

Western Piedmont Community College C.N.A. Class - Morganton
1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: (828) 448-3532

CNA Classes in North Carolina ( Page 2 )

State-approved, certified nursing assistant programs in North Carolina are being conducted by various educational institutions as well as licensed long-term care facilities in the state. Depending on individual preference, one may enroll in accelerated CNA courses which last only a few weeks, or in longer, traditional courses, which may take approximately three months to complete. Cost free nurse aide classes are also being offered by various nursing homes, especially when a facility needs additional direct care personnel. Similar to the process applied in other states, in order to obtain the title of certified nurse aide in North Carolina one must complete a CNA training class and pass the state competency evaluation.

Registered and licensed professional nurses who wish to become listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry are not required to challenge the CNA exam, and need only apply for registry listing based on their current nursing license. Unlike other states, which allow reciprocity of a nursing aide certification, North Carolina mandates that a nurse aide certified in another state must challenge the CNA examination in North Carolina in order to obtain certification in this state. If you wish to relocate to North Carolina keep in mind that the process of reciprocity or endorsement does not apply here. Pearson Vue is the entity responsible for administering the North Carolina CNA exam. Exam information, nursing assistant candidate handbook, and test application can be obtained by contacting the testing agency or visiting them online.

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CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Name: Katina N. RN Date posted: July 24, 2013 - 08:33 PM
Message: We currently do personal care services and have been for the last 5 years. I am interested in being able to teach CNA I certification and Med Tech if at all possible. Please help me find out how to do this. Also is it possible to just teach the course only with a clinical and then have the students to take the skills certification elsewhere?

Name: Admin Date posted: July 28, 2013 - 05:55 PM
Message: CNA program instructors must meet certain criteria required by state regulations. If you are looking to become a nurse aide instructor at a facility which is already approved by the state to provide CNA training classes, then all you have to do is meet the instructor requirements. If you plan to begin a brand new nursing assistant course at the facility where you are currently employed, then you must comply with the rules and regulations that apply to starting up such programs. The process begins by obtaining and completing the application for a nurse aide training and competency evaluation program in your particular state. To obtain the application as well as to find out what specific requirements you must meet as a CNA program provider/instructor, contact the CNA registry in your state. If you reside and want to become a CNA training provider in North Carolina, then here are a couple of links which may help you get started. For existing state-approved programs only: Clinical Site Approval Request for Nurse Aide I Training Program, and Faculty Approval Request Form. To apply for state-approval: Nurse Aide I Training Program Application Packet. Also you may find these pages useful: Handbook which contains laws, rules, and general information about the Health Care Personnel Registry, including facility requirements for reporting allegations and accessing registry information and North Carolina State-Approved Nurse Aide I Curriculum. Good luck and let me know if you want to be added on our CNA training provider lists after you obtain approval - it's free.

Felica G. on July 16, 2014 at 02:23 PM
How long do CNA classes take and what exactly do you have to do?

Admin on July 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM
Nursing assistant training courses may take anywhere between three weeks to three months to complete, depending on the facility or school which offers the program. To enroll in nurse aide classes you must meet certain admission criteria pertaining to education, health, and background history. Those who are accepted into CNA classes must complete both the classroom and hands-on practice sessions to graduate. Finally, one must pass a final exam which tests a candidate's skills and abilities to practice correctly and safely. When you pass this final test you become a certified nurse aide.

After becoming a CNA how much more training does it take to become an RN?

I am really interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant. I am in the military and we go out to sea continuously. I do not have too much time to actually attend a program until next year. Who offers online CNA classes?

How do I sign up for CNA training?

How long does it take to get a CNA certificate?

Do you have any advice for someone having to go to a CNA job interview?

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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