Program: Nurse Aide (221-157-04)
Award: Career Studies Certificate 

Program Purpose:

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as nursing assistants.

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Pre-Nursing and Nurse Aide programs provide students with the educational requirements needed to be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Assistance Assessment Program (NNAAP) assessment and certify as a Nurse aide (CNA) through the Virginia Board of Nursing. Students who intend to work as an CNA outside of Virginia will need to take the NNAAP assessment certification and contact their state Board of Nursing. Students must comply with their state’s individual requirements in order to obtain authorization to practice in that particular state. It is each individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate and comply with requirements for the state in which they intend to work as an CNA.  Please check your state’s requirements through the Nurse Aide Registries https://www.ncsbn.org/725.htm

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Describe the scope of nurse aide practice.
  • Demonstrate effective and therapeutic communication skills.
  • Demonstrate beginning collaboration with the client, family, and other members of the health care team and how HIPAA plays an important role.
  • Begin to plan, with guidance, culturally sensitive, appropriate, and competent nursing care.
  • Relate ethical and legal concepts to accountability in nursing practice.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student attending Camp full-time can complete this career studies certificate in one academic year (two semesters). 

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the career studies certificate, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for a career in the nursing profession as a nursing assistant.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the first quarter of 2020, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Nursing Assistants was 8,157.  Over the last three years, this field shed 227 jobs in the region (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Nursing Assistants, August 2020).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2019 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.

 

Entry Level

Mean

Experienced

Nursing Assistant

$21,200

$33,200

$39,100

(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, August 2020)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.