Nurse Aide

Please click on the links below to access the NA I curriculum and video example.

NC Division of Health Service Regulation - Nurse Aide I Curriculum

Count and Record Radial Pulse Demonstration - YouTube Video

Fran S. Scott 919-209-2164
Angela Fortson 919-464-2367


What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are important healthcare providers who support patients with daily activities and supply routine care such as assessing temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure, activities of daily living and providing nursing assistant procedures. Supervised by a registered nurse or license practical nurse, CNAs are commonly referred to as the "eyes and ears" of the nurse because they spend more time observing and interacting with patients.

This training provides insight into patient care that will prove invaluable as you pursue your nursing, sonography or health sciences career. Another common term for CNA is Nurse Aide I.

Nurse Aide I Course

Nurse Aide I provides a 160-hour State Approved basic personal care course leading to the N.C. State Certification Exam for the Nurse Aide Registry. Classes are offered evenings, days and also Friday and Saturday (days). Classes last from 12–16 weeks.

Cost: Tuition/Background check and drug screen/Books/Handbook/Handouts/Skill Pack/Badge/Uniform/Immunizations/BlS class/DHSR Exam-Approximately $708.00.


  1. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support card.
  2. Two matching government ID cards (Photo driver’s license/social security card/military or passport).
  3. High School Diploma/HSE/ High School Transcript – if not, must pass a reading test.
  4. Stethoscope.

High school students must be 16 1/2 years of age at or prior to the first day of class.

Classes are offered at our Smithfield campus and also at the Cleveland Center in Clayton.

Need to Be NA Certified?

The following health programs at Johnston Community College require that all entering students be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry in order to be admitted into the Fall programs.

Nurse checking a patient's blood pressure

Associate Degree Nursing, Cardiovascular Sonography, and Medical Sonography -  Please refer to the Admission Policy for those programs for dates to be listed on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

Where can I get NA training?

JCC offers day and evening nurse aide training.

There are several other private and public training sites available for becoming a certified nursing assistant. Information pertaining to approved training program locations is available at The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, Health Care Personnel Education and Credentialing Section.  

For more information visit the State Approved Training Programs for Nurse Aide I.

More Information

First contact:

Lori Collier
Administrative Assistant to Nurse Aide Programs
Elsee Building A116

If no reply within 24 hours:

Connie H. Grady
Department Chair of Health Education and Nurse Aide Programs
Elsee Building A163
(919) 464-2355