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Nursing Assistant I: NAS 101 Curriculum Certificate

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Durham Tech’s Nursing Assistant I certificate course prepares individuals to work under the supervision of licensed health care professionals in performing nursing care for patients of all ages. This course introduces basic nursing skills required to provide personal care for patients, residents, or clients in a health care setting. Coursework covers such topics as personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, household environment and equipment management, family resources and services, and employment skills. Through classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical rotation, students prepare to pass the NC Nurse Aide Competency evaluation, a requirement to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I registry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to register for this course?

Students interested in the Nursing Assistant I certificate course must be high school graduates, high school equivalency graduates, or be enrolled in the Career and College Promise program. Prior to enrolling in this course, students must take the college’s placement tests in reading, writing, and math and meet all college general admission requirements. Admitted students must also attend a mandatory Nursing Assistant Pathway orientation and meet with an academic advisor prior to registration. Registration is completed online. Payment is due at the time of registration and according to payment deadlines.


Who should take this course?

A Nursing Assistant I certification is a prerequisite for entry into numerous health care majors, such as nursing, physician’s assistant, radiography, and sonography.


What other courses are included in this certification program?

In the future, Nursing Assistant II and Home Health Care will be offered in the Nursing Assistant certificate program.


Do I have to take all 14 credits to become a nursing assistant I?

No. After completing this course, you will be eligible to take the state certification exam to become a certified nursing assistant I.


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

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

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.

Is the Nursing Assistant I course the only option for obtaining nursing assistant I certification at Durham Tech?

No. You are able to receive the same training through Durham Tech’s Continuing Education department. Please note, however, Continuing Education courses are not curriculum credited courses.


How much does the program cost?

Registration fee $534*
NA exam fee $101
Equipment and uniform $85**
Textbooks $50**
Criminal background check $28
TB skin test $21**
Total estimated cost $819**

*Registration fee subject to change by NC General Assembly.

**Fees may vary.


Is this course eligible for financial aid?

No. This course is not eligible for financial aid since the certificate program is less than 16 hours.


Are evening classes offered?

Yes. The schedule is posted to the Durham Tech website and listed in the printed schedule of courses.


Where is this course held?

The Nursing Assistant I course is offered at our Orange County Campus.


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 course. For additional information, call 919-536-7205, ext. 1124.