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Nurse Aide

Career Studies Certificate

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Put your caring skills to work in fast-growing CNA field

New TCC nurse aide program is now enrolling for Spring

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If you’re a compassionate person who enjoys caring for others, consider Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Nurse Aide.

Please note: This program is new for the Spring 2018 semester and is eligible for federal financial aid. It is different from TCC’s Basic Nurse Aide Preparation, which consists of 2 courses and is not eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about Basic Nurse Aide Preparation 

Employment for certified nurse aides (CNAs) is projected to increase 18% between now and 2024 – faster than any occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with an even greater demand in Virginia.

Nurse aides provide basic nursing care to individuals who are temporarily or permanently unable to care for themselves. Duties range from assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs) to collecting vital signs and assisting nurses with patient care.

This program will prepare you for full-time employment as a CNA. After successfully completing just 2 courses – Health Care Technology I & II — you are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Certification exam, which leads to the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) credential.

The CNA credential assures employers you have met state and national requirements, and allows you to work as a nurse aide while pursuing your education.

Go further

Apply as many as 17 credits from this program toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, or 18 credits to the Associate of Science in Science. You can also explore other TCC health professions programs.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). Course work qualifies students to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Certification exam.

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Where can you go?

You will be qualified for immediate employment in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices or in home-based health care.

You can also apply as many as 17 credits from this program toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. Or, consider entry into a related health profession.

If you aim to continue your education at a 4-year college, you can apply as many as 18 credits toward the Associate of Science in Science, which is a transfer degree accepted at most Virginia schools.

What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Nurse Aide consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach or Portsmouth campuses and at clinical sites.

Estimated Program Cost*:
25 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,633.75 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Additional costs include uniforms, shoes, stethoscope, testing fees and a criminal background check.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • have excellent communication skills.
  • are comfortable working in a fast-paced, emotionally demanding environment
  • are comfortable taking care of others’ physical needs
Additional admission requirements

Your acceptance as a TCC student does not guarantee admission into this program. We want you to be aware of special requirements.

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You must place into College Composition I (English 111) based on the Virginia Placement Test, high school test scores or transcript, or successful completion of required developmental courses at TCC.

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You must also submit the program application. Attendance at an open house is recommended.

Ready to learn more?
  • Call the nurse-aide info line: 757-822-7255.
  • Attend an open house at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus. They are held on the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Contact Rita Bouchard, nursing pathways program coordinator, at or 757-822-2329.
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Just 25 credits! Complete this program in as little as 2 semesters.

Learn in state-of-the-art labs on the Virginia Beach or Portsmouth campuses and through clinical experiences.

This program is now enrolling for Fall 2018, and is eligible for federal financial aid. 


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