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.
One of the following:
- High School diploma/HS Equivalency certificate, OR
- COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better, NCDAP Reading/English score of 136, OR
- Proof of successful completion of Durham Tech Reading 80, Reading 90, EFL073, or DRE097, OR
- A transcript documenting successful completion of a college-level English (ENG 111 or higher) course (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
Reading placement tests are offered by the Durham Tech Testing Center. If you do NOT have a student ID number, you must complete a new student registration form, which will generate a student ID number. Take this ID number plus a photo ID with you when you take the placement test.
The required book will be provided on the first class.
Students must provide proof of the following:
- Proof of immunity for MMR, Varicella, Tdap (for the Hospital-Based course only)
- Negative TB skin test within 6 months of the first day of class or a negative chest X-ray within the last 5 years.
- Hepatitis immunity through vaccination or by signing a declination form.
- An influenza (flu) vaccine depending on the season
Note: Registration must be completed in person or via fax with the required documentation submitted along with the registration form.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen
Students, at their expense, will also be required to undergo a criminal background check and show proof of specific immunizations prior to beginning the clinical portion of the training. A drug screen is required for the Hospital-based course. Certain findings on the criminal background check or drug screen may prohibit students from completing the program. Information about the drug screen and criminal background check will be provided the first day of class. Do not do this on your own.
Equipment and supplies
- Hunter green scrub shirt and pants
- White or black shoes with a closed toe and a closed heel
- Blood pressure cuff
- Transfer belt
- Watch with a second hand
- Notebook and pens
The Nurse Aide I course qualifies for financial assistance. Select the course link to view registration and grant deadlines.
Nurse Aide I Traditional Course
Designed for students that are able to attend class two days per week for 16 weeks. 179.5 hours. $279.25.
Hospital-Based Hybrid Nurse Aide I
This version of the Nurse Aide I course is designed for students who want to work in a fast-paced, intense hospital setting. Students should be task-oriented, self-motivated, and organized with excellent reading and computer skills.Students in this course complete the NC Nurse Aide I state curriculum lecture content online one time/week. Skills will be performed in the skills laboratory setting one evening/week. 179.5 hours. $279.25