Program: Pre-Nursing (221-156-02)
Award: Career Studies Certificate 

Program Purpose:

This program is designed to provide the foundational course from the nursing degree curriculum to prepare students for entry into the Nursing Program.  Completion of career studies certificate does not guarantee admissions into the Nursing Program.  At the completion of this certificate program the students is eligible to sit for the Virginia Board of Nursing Nurse Aide Certification Exam.

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 September 2019, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Nursing Assistants was 8,033.  Over the last three years, this field shed 90 jobs in the region (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Nursing Assistants, December 2019).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2018 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Nursing Assistant




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, December 2019)

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