Nurse Aide Certification

What is a 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 course 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/Immuizations/BlS class/DHSR Exam-Approximately $708.00.


  1. Current BLS 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 reading test.
  4. Stethoscope.

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

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

Nurse checking a patient's blood pressure

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.

Associate Degree Nursing, Cardiovascular Sonography, and Medical Sonography- Please refer to the Admission Policy for those programs for dates to be listed on te 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 by selecting the "Forms and Publications" link.

View a complete list of state-approved nurse aide training programs (PDF)

Health Information Session

For more information:

Lori Collier
Administrative Assistant to Nurse Aide Programs