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Nurse Aide Certificate

Short Term

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, household environment and equipment management, family resources and services, and employment skills. Courses also provide foundational knowledge needed in the pursuit of advanced health science degrees or programs.

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.


Students must be 16 and a half years of age on or prior to the first day of class.

One of the following:

  • High School diploma/HS Equivalency certificate (Official transcripts of Home School organizations must be accompanied by a copy of the verification of state authority to operate), OR
  • Proof of successful completion of EFL073, or DRE097, OR
  • A transcript documenting successful completion of a college-level English (ENG 111 or higher) course (unofficial transcripts are accepted)

Students must provide proof of the following:

  • A copy of your MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) 2 doses or positive titer
  • A copy of your varicella series (2 doses or positive titer)
  • A copy of your Tdap (Tetanus/ diphtheria), 1 dose and booster every 10 years 
  • A copy of your completed Hepatitis B vaccination series. A waiver will be provided at orientation if needed. 
  • A copy of a negative 2-step TB skin test OR blood test results (QuantiFERON Gold) OR negative chest x-ray within the last two ( 2) years if you had a positive PPD (valid through the end of the course). A 2-step TB test is required, if a blood test is not done. The two-step TB process requires that both tests must be completed within 30 days
    • Visit 1: Place the first PPD
    • Visit 2: 48-72 hours later, the PPD is read
    • Visit 3: 1-3 weeks after Visit 1, placement of 2nd PPD
    • Visit 4: 48-72 hours later, the PPD is read
  • Proof of full Covid-19 immunization
  • Annual Influenza vaccine (current- October - March)
  • Proof of Personal Health Insurance
  • A copy of AHA BLS training that is active through the end of the course (Durham Tech offers this course)

The student, at their expense, will also be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen through the school's vendor, prior to the beginning of the clinical portion of the training. Certain findings on the criminal background check or drug screen may prohibit students from completing the program.

Nurse Aide Summer classes will be available soon. If interested in taking a course in Summer 2024, send an interest email to nurseaide@durhamtech.edu.

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type



Main Campus, Online

Minimum Credit Hours


First-Semester Courses

Course Number Title Credit Hours
HSC-110 Orientation to Health Careers 1
MED-121 Medical Terminology I 3
MED-122 Medical Terminology II 3
NAS-101 Nurse Aide I 6

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