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Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Nurse Aide I

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Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department
2855 Hickory Boulevard
Hudson, NC 28638

Watauga Continuing Education Department
372 Community College Drive
P.O. Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607

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The Nurse Aide I course prepares students to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults.
Nurse Aide holding a Clip board

  1.  Program Content    
  2.  Costs  
  3.  Admission Requirements  
  4.  Career Info  
  5.  FAQ  
Course Content

Emphasis is placed upon the aging process.  Topics covered include:
  • safety    
  • restorative care
  • personal and functional diseases/disorders
  • communication
  • patient’s rights
  • nutrition management and elimination
  • CPR (Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association).
During clinical, the student gains experience by performing previously learned skills on residents in a skilled nursing facility.  The student, who successfully completes all course requirements, receives a certificate of course completion and becomes eligible to sit for the state competency examination and therefore become listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry with the Division of Health Service Regulation.


Nurse Aide I registration fee $184.00
Malpractice insurance $13.00
CCC&TI patch $1.85
Textbooks* $85.53
Supplies $62.29
Scrubs, shoes, watch*
$ Varies
Proof of Immunizations
$ Varies
Student I.D. Badge $2.50
*May be purchased in College Bookstore.
Textbooks & Supplies Costs are subject to change.

Financial Aid:

To inquire about Scholarships and/or financial assistance for Continuing Education students, please call 828.726.2242 or 828.297.3811

Admission Requirements

Please review the Nurse Aide I Entrance Requirements to understand the admission requirement for the Nurse Aide I course.

Additional Requirements:

  • Social Security card – name must match government issued photo ID
  • Government issued photo ID – name must match Social Security card
  • Malpractice insurance

Competitive Admissions:

One important requirement for acceptance into the Nursing Program at CCC&TI as well as many other nursing programs throughout the state, is that students successfully complete Nurse Aide I training and become listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry. Also, these students receive one (1) point toward competitive admission into the Physical Therapy Assistant program at CCC&TI and 10 points toward competitive admission into the Radiology program at CCC&TI.

Educational Pathways:

Nurse Aide I >  Medication Aide 
         	> Nurse Aide II > RN-ADN > RN-BSN > MSN

Career Information

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website:
  • The national median annual pay in 2015 was $25,710.00; or hourly rate of $12.36.
  • North Carolina Estimated Hourly Nurse Aide wages are somewhat less than the national average.

  • Employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed in long-term care facilities.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Retirement homes
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Hospitals
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Hospice
To learn more about a career in the Nurse Aide I field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following program:

Career Coach logo Certificate: Nurse Aide I

Licensure: Authorization granted to CCC&TI to provide instruction within another state does not imply or provide guarantees of any kind that an individual will be granted professional licensure by another state as a result of completing coursework at CCC&TI or receiving professional licensure in North Carolina. It is the sole responsibility of the individual/student to determine whether another college or license-awarding agency in another state will accept CCC&TI coursework and/or award licensure through a reciprocity agreement with the State of North Carolina.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is NAI training required to enter Nursing or other health programs of study at CCC&TI?
    • Yes, General Admission Requirements for the ADN program requires proof of successful completion of state approved training program and current NAI listing.
  • How do I become listed as a Nurse Aide I in North Carolina?
    • The student must submit an application to Nurse Aide Competency and Evaluation Service (NACES) to be scheduled for the state-administered written and skills competency evaluation (NNAAP exam). Students who pass will then be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.
  • What is the cost of the NNAAP examination?
    • $101 for electronic application submission
  • Where do I go to test?
    • CCC&TI is now an in-facility testing center. You can complete your Nurse Aide I at CCC&TI and apply for State Competency testing to be administered right here on our Hudson campus.
  • What websites can I go to for additional information?
  • What is the phone number  to verify registry listings?
    • 919-715-0562


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2855 Hickory Blvd
Hudson, NC 28638
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372 Community College Drive
PO Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607


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