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Nursing Assistant I Curriculum Certificate

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In Durham Techís 169.5 hour Nursing Assistant I (also known as Nurse Aide I) program, students learn the basic nursing skills required to care for patients in a variety of health care settings. Through classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical rotations, students prepare to pass the NC Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation, a requirement to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry. Nursing Assistant I is offered as a fast track, hybrid, or traditional course.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to register?

  • A completed Durham Tech Continuing Education Registration form.
  • Registration fee.
  • One of the following:
    • COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better.
    • Proof of successful completion of Reading 80 or 90.
    • Transcript showing completion of a college-level English course (ENG 111 or higher).

  • Why do I have to take the COMPASS test?

    The COMPASS is used to demonstrate your college reading level. A score of 70 or higher on the COMPASS test is required for acceptance into the Nursing Assistant I program.

    Do I need to submit an official transcript?

    No. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. If you are a Durham Tech student, please get your transcript from the Student Information and Records Office at least one day prior to submitting your paperwork.

    Registration Locations
    Main Campus
    Corporate Education Center
    1637 Lawson Street
    Durham, NC 27703
    919-536-7222 x4011
    Fax: 919-536-7277

    Orange County Campus
    525 College Park Road
    Hillsborough, NC 27278
    919-536-7238 x4203
    Fax: 919-536-7297

    Northern Durham Center
    2401 Snow Hill Road
    Durham, NC 27712
    919-536-7240 x4417
    Fax: 919-536-7280

    SouthBank Building
    400 West Main Street 3rd floor Durham, NC 27701
    919-536-7241 x4502
    Fax: 919-536-7291

    Northgate Mall Campus
    1058 West Club Blvd.
    Lower Level, Suite 675
    Durham, NC 27701
    919-536-7222 x4313
    Fax: 919-536-7298

    When can I register?

    You may register once the schedule is posted on the Durham Tech website or you receive the schedule of courses in the mail.

    Are there required textbooks?

    Yes. The required books can be purchased at the Durham Tech Bookstore:

    • Nursing Assisting: A Foundation in Caregiving, 3rd edition. Diana L. Dugan. ISBN 978-60425-030-5

    Is a criminal background check required?

    Yes. The fee for the background check is $28. Students should complete the criminal background check at no less than one week prior to the first day of class. Print the confirmation screen for proof of completion and give the printout to your instructor.

    Durham Tech does not receive the specifics of a denial. The investigation/screening results are forwarded directly to the health care facility designated as the studentís clinical site. Durham Tech is notified by the health care facility if the facility elects to deny the student access based on the results. Durham Tech is not given a list of offenses that may prevent a student from attending clinical.

    What other documents are required?

    Students must provide proof of the following:

    • Negative TB skin test or negative chest x-ray within six months of the first day of class.
    • Hepatitis immunity through vaccination or by signing a declination form.
    • An influenza (flu) vaccine depending on the season.

    What equipment and supplies are required?

    • Hunter green scrub shirt and pants
    • White shoes with a closed heel
    • Stethoscope
    • Blood pressure cuff
    • Transfer belt
    • Watch with a second hand
    • Notebook and pens

    How much does the Nurse Aide I state exam cost? Where can I take it?

    Upon successful completion of this course, Durham Tech students may register for the exam, which costs $101. Two weeks prior to the end of the course, your instructor will give out a registration guide for registering for the exam. Local off-site testing is available. For more information go to

    How much does the program cost?

    Registration fee $253.35
    NA exam fee $101
    Equipment and uniform $85
    Textbooks $50
    Criminal background check $28
    TB skin test $21
    Total estimated cost $538.35*

    *Fees may vary.

    Is this program eligible for financial aid?

    This program qualifies for ConnectFunds grants and SECU scholarships.

    What forms of payment are accepted?

    • Visa, Master Card, or Discover
    • Personal or company check
    • Money order
    • Third-Party authorization letter
    • Cash (accepted only at the Cashier’s Office, White 81, Main Campus)

    What is the process if an agency (vocational rehabilitation, JOCCA, or WIA) is paying for my course and/or books?

    You must provide a copy of the authorization to pay letter from the agency along with your registration form. Registrations are not accepted if we do not have the letter of authorization. If you are receiving assistance for your books, you will also need to submit an authorization to pay letter to the Durham Tech Bookstore.

    What if I still have questions?

    The Admissions and Enrollment Services office is happy to answer any questions you may have or assist you in the process of registering for the Nursing Assistant I program. For additional information, call 919-536-7222, ext. 4313.