Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Certified Nurse Aide 1 (CNA) Education and Training

CCC&TI offers educational opportunities in Nurse Aide I on both the Caldwell Campus and the Watauga Campus

Certified Nurse Assistant I (CNA)

The Certified Nursing Assistant Class prepares students to provide personal care and perform basic CNA skills for the elderly and other adults through classroom, lab, and clinical practice.

Course Content

Emphasis is placed upon the aging process.  Topics covered include:

  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Cognitive & Mental Health Issues
  • Communication with the Healthcare Team
  • CPR (Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association)
  • Death & Dying
  • Disease & Disorders
  • Infection Prevention
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Law, Ethics and Patient’s Rights
  • Personal and functional diseases/disorders
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Nutrition management and Elimination
  • Safety & Restorative Care

During clinical, Nurse Aide students gain experience by performing previously learned caregiver skills on residents in skilled nursing facilities. The CNA, who successfully completes all course requirements, receives a certificate of CNA class completion and becomes eligible to sit for the North Carolina State Nurse Aide I competency examination. Students must successfully pass the two-part written and skills portions of the state competency examination before being listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry with the Division of Health & Human Service Regulation and then they can be employed as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Looking for other Nursing educational Offerings? Visit CCC&TI's Nursing Educational Opportunities webpage.

Registration Requirements

Please review and have good understanding of the contents of the Nurse Aide Information packet prior to registering for this course.

  1. Social Security card
    • Original SIGNED card
    • First and Last name on card must match government issued PHOTO ID
    • Cannot be laminated
  2. Government issued PHOTO ID
    • NCDL, Passport, Military ID
    • First and Last name on ID must match name on social security card
    • Must be valid and cannot expire before the end of class

Program Contacts

Program Information

Admission Information

For admission information please email
or call 828-726-2242.


For Registration Information

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

Watauga Instructional Facility
460 Community College Drive
P.O. Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607


Please contact Career Connections at 828.726.2609 for information on how to apply for a scholarship.

  1. Immunization/Health Record Form (Required for clinicals)
    • Provided during orientation
    • Must be completed and signed, or stamped, by student’s health care provider or health department
    • Must have the following immunizations documented:
      1. Tetanus Booster within past 10 years OR record of Tdap
      2. Varicella (chickenpox) (2 shots or titer =/>1.09
      3. Measles, mumps, rubella – MMR (2 shots or + titer)
      4. Hepatitis B – (3 shots OR Positive Hepatitis B titer OR Declination)
      5. Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) – current, negative
      6. Covid Vaccination or CCC&TI approved Exemption letter

For questions regarding immunizations, student should contact their healthcare provider recommendation of need, based upon age, health concerns and current CDC guidelines. If there are special considerations, the provider must document the need on letterhead or office stamp for validation.

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.

Cost (Scholarships are available.)

Item Cost
Nurse Aide I registration fee $203.00
scantrons $2.00
Textbooks* $12.50
Supplies $Varies
Scrubs, shoes, watch $Varies
Proof of Immunizations $Varies
Student I.D. Badge $2.50

*Must be purchased in College Bookstore.

Textbooks & Supplies Costs are subject to change.

Course available via Continuing Education

Title Instructor
Start Date End Date Meeting Information Available
Nurse Aide Level I Jaynes
07/22/2024 10/09/2024 Classroom Hours Monday, Wednesday 09:00AM - 03:30PM, Building - H, Room 208 (more)...
Nurse Aide Level I Pierce
07/31/2024 10/17/2024 Classroom Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 08:00AM - 12:00PM, Building - H, Room 218 (more)...
Nurse Aide Level I Kellner
09/04/2024 12/18/2024 Classroom Hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 05:30PM - 09:30PM, Building - H, Room 218 (more)...
CALDWELL CAMPUS. NO CLASS 11/11, 11/27, 11/28, 12/02 - SATURDAY CLINCIAL 11/23
Nurse Aide Level I Elliott
09/09/2024 11/25/2024 Classroom Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 08:00AM - 12:00PM, W204, Room 117
Nurse Aide Level I Johnson
09/09/2024 11/25/2024 Classroom Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12:30PM - 04:30PM, W204, Room 114
WATAUGA CAMPUSNo class 11/11/24
Nurse Aide Level I Allen
09/09/2024 11/07/2024 Classroom Hours Monday 12:30PM - 04:30PM, Building - H, Room 219 (more)...
Nurse Aide Level I Arnica-Maxy
09/10/2024 11/21/2024 Classroom Hours Tuesday, Thursday 08:00AM - 04:30PM, Building - H, Room 221 (more)...
Nurse Aide Level I Caroway
09/16/2024 12/09/2024 Classroom Hours Monday, Wednesday 08:00AM - 04:30PM, Building - H, Room 208
CALDWELL CAMPUS. NO CLASS 11/11, 11/25, 11/27

Let Us Know That You Are Interested

If the course you are seeking is not listed above or the time the course is scheduled does not work for you, please let us know that you have an interest in future courses by clicking on the course name below and completing the form:

Potential Educational Pathways for Nurse Aides

Nurse Aide I potential pathway chart

Career Information

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (, the current mean annual state wage is $26,540.00.
  • 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:

  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Home
  • Retirement homes

To learn more about a career in the Nurse Aide I (CNA) 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 (CNA) 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?
    • $140 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 on our Hudson campus.
    1. A copy of your driver's license or other government issued photo ID
    2. A government issued Social Security Card, signed and not laminated
    3. A copy of your registry or other eligible health care credential certificates
  • What websites can I go to for additional information?
  • Where can I verify registry listings?