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Nurse Aide Certificate (C45840)

  • Degree Offered: Certificate
  • Duration: Short Term 3-12 months
  • Program Code: C45840
  • Program Requirements:


The Nurse Aide curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of licensed nursing professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages. Topics include growth and development, personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, equipment management, family resources and services, and employment skills. Upon completion, the student may be eligible for listing on the Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II registries.

Admission Criteria

  • Application to the College and NC Residency
  • Official high school transcript or equivalent showing graduation date or current Career and College Promise status.

Post-Provisional Acceptance Requirements

The following must be completed to satisfy acceptance requirements:

  • Attend program specific orientation
  • Complete CCC Health Sciences Medical Form
  • Criminal background check and 12-panel drug screen obtained through a secure compliance tracking database
  • The following immunizations are required (more information will be provided during orientation):
    • Covid-19 (including booster or exemption form)
    • Complete 2-Step TB Test or IGRA
    • Hepatitis B (May sign waiver)
    • Influenza (required between 9/1 - 10/31)
    • Varicella #1
    • Varicella #2 (must wait 28 days between 1st and 2nd dose)
    • Td or TDaP
    • MMR #1
    • MMR #2 (must wait 28 days between 1st and 2nd dose)
  • Comply with the Technical Standards outlined for the program
  • Highly recommended for all students to have health insurance
  • Nurse Aide I Certification, with no substantial findings, is required for entry into Nurse Aide II. Once admitted, students are required to remain on the Nurse Aide I registry through the duration of the program.

Clinical facilities may require criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, and/or proof of US citizenship prior to or during participation in the clinical portion of the program. A student who is unable to complete the clinical portion of the program will not be able to graduate. Criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, and/or proof of US citizenship may also be required after graduation by examination boards, state licensing boards, and employing agencies.

Essential Functions and Technical Standards

Purpose Statement

The following standards reflect reasonable expectations of students. In adopting these standards, the program is mindful of the patient’s right to safe and high-quality healthcare by students. The student must be able to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a broad variety of clinical situations while providing high-quality patient care. These standards reflect what may be required for employment of the entry-level professional.

It is important that students who are admitted possess cognitive and critical thinking skills, interpersonal skills, behavioral skills, physical skills, and communication skills necessary to practice in the field. Reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but each student must be able to independently perform all performance standards demanded by the clinical site and the College. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with Disabilities Services at Cleveland Community College. The following abilities/skills are required, with or without accommodations. Students must meet the following technical standards and maintain satisfactory demonstration of these standards for progression throughout the program. Students unable to meet these technical standards will not be able to complete the program. The examples used are not all-inclusive.



Examples of Technical Standard Found in the Program and Related to Industry

Cognitive Ability/Critical Thinking Skills

Demonstrate ability in reading and comprehension and use them together to demonstrate critical thinking skills and clinical reasoning. Demonstrate a professional manner and insight in the communication process.
Be able to organize responsibilities, make appropriate decisions, and perform accurate mathematical calculations.

Perform measurements, calculations, read and document data.
Operate various healthcare equipment, including blood pressure monitoring, digital and standard scales, and mechanical lifts.
Identify and immediately report changes in client health status conditions that endanger clients, and evaluate client complaints.
Avoid use of drugs and/or alcohol, including prescribed medication(s) that may alter awareness or ability to make appropriate decisions and provide competent care for each client.
Incorporate knowledge from lecture, laboratory and clinical experience to prioritize safe and efficient care for each client. 


Tactile Skills: Sense of touch sufficient to perform physical assessment.

Palpate a pulse, check skin temperature and turgor.

Mobility/Motor Skills: Possess skills sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces.

Demonstrate adequate coordination.
Be able to endure long periods of standing, sitting, walking, bending, lifting, reaching, stooping, squatting, and moving in complex health environments.
Be able to lift and carry or push up to 50 pounds to waist level without assistance.
Position and transfer patients safely in bed, wheelchair, shower or stretcher.
Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Give patient bed baths.
Make occupied or unoccupied bed.
Use all equipment.
Obtain blood pressure.

Auditory Skills: Hearing ability (with corrective devices as needed) to monitor and assess healthcare needs.

Hear equipment/emergency alarms, and call bell.
Listen to vital signs.
Hear call for help.

Visual Skills: Visual ability (with corrective devices as needed) to monitor and assess patient care needs, performance of patient care procedures, and maintenance and compliance with environmental safety.

Observe client responses to treatment.
Detect changes in skin color.
Monitor vital signs.
Read and document in client healthcare records.
Recognize color of urine and other bodily fluids.
Read sphygmomanometer.
Read digital or glass thermometer.  
Olfactory skills: Ability to distinguish smells in client care.  Distinguish odors from urine and other bodily fluids, wounds and general body scent. 

Behavioral Skills

Possess the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual and academic abilities, exercise appropriate judgment and prompt completion of all client care responsibilities. 

Demonstrate emotional stability to function calmly and effectively under stress and to adapt to changing environments.
Avoid demonstrating personal stress or frustration when interacting with faculty, staff, peers and clients.
Demonstrate flexibility, compassion, integrity and motivation.
Present professional appearance.

Interpersonal Skills

Ability to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

Demonstrate respect for the patient, their privacy, and family members.
Develop and maintain effective, mature and sensitive professional relationships with other members of the heath care team.
Establish rapport with patients, families and colleagues.

Communication Skills

Ability to communicate effectively in the classroom, laboratory, and all clinical settings with patients, families and members of the healthcare team. Students must be able to speak and converse with all persons across the lifespan.

Demonstrate evidence of effective written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrate technological literacy.
Be able to collect and document data.
Demonstrate active learning skills.

Occupational Exposure

Healthcare is often delivered in high-stress areas, requiring management of multiple roles and duties simultaneously. The student must possess the ability to protect self and others by implementing appropriate precautions due to possible exposure to communicable disease and/or body fluids, toxic substances, or other hazards.

Exposure to blood and body fluids.
Lacerations and punctures.
Exposure to biological, chemical and/or electrical hazards.
Exposure to radiation.
Exposure to assault and battery.
Environmental hazards – slippery floors, various levels of lighting, various room temperatures, etc.
Legal/ethical dilemmas.
Liability issues.  

Estimated Total Cost for Program

Fee Description Cost
Tuition $2839.00
Supply Fee $50.00
Lab Fees $72.00
Background, Drug Screen, & Immunization Tracker $135.00
Credentia Testing (Written & Skills Exam) $140.00
Uniforms and Shoes $200.00
Malpractice Insurance $16.00
Textbooks $50.00
Estimated Total $3502.00

Reentry Process

  1. All requests for reentry must be approved by the Admissions Office and the Nursing Director prior to implementation.
  2. Only one reentry will be considered.

Applied and Not Accepted to Program

Students not selected to the program may reapply for the next year by completing a new health sciences application. All applications for admission must be updated annually.

Program Requirements