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Nurse Aide


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Put your caring skills to work in an emotionally rewarding career

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If you’re a compassionate person who enjoys caring for the needs of others, consider Tidewater Community College’s nurse aide courses.

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

Many nurse aides develop fulfilling relationships with their patients. Choose your work setting depending on your personal preference. Some nurse aides work in a patient’s home while others prefer hospitals, nursing homes or hospices.

Complete the course work at TCC in just weeks, not months. Three to five days a week for approximately three weeks, students receive classroom training in state-of-the-art labs offered on the Portsmouth or Virginia Beach campuses. At the same time, they complete a 40-hour internship at a local health care facility.

TCC's courses conform with Virginia State Board of Nursing requirements. Almost all students find employment immediately after achieving certification.

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for the Certified Nurse Aide Exam offered by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

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TCC partners with Virginia Workforce Connection to help students find employment

TCC is a regionally accredited testing facility, so you can take the Certified Nurse Aide Exam in the same classroom where you received your training.

This training is NOT eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about paying for TCC


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Admission Forms and Information

If you are a new TCC student, begin your journey by applying for admission. On your application, indicate that you intend to pursue nurse aide training

As a prospective health professions student, you must also:

1. Register for Nursing (NUR) 27 Nurse Aide I and Nursing (NUR) 90 Coordinated Internship and pay tuition.

2. Submit documentation of a negative TB test

3. Complete a criminal/sex offender background check prior to working at any clinical facility.* Order your background check here.

*Tidewater Community College does not assume any responsibility for obtaining or evaluating the results of a criminal background check, drug screen or other check, maintaining the records of results or for delivering them to clinical sites. It is the decision of the clinical affiliate (health care or medical facility) whether a student will be allowed to participate in clinical activities should there be positive criminal or sex offender results. 

Nurse aide info line: 757-822-7255

What does this program cost?

TCC’s nurse aide training consists of less than a semester of full-time study, with classes held at the Beazley School of Nursing on TCC's Portsmouth campus, the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus, and clinical sites.

Estimated Program Cost*:
5 credits x $181.10 per credit = $905.50 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Additional costs include uniform, shoes, stethoscope and criminal background check ($46).

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about paying for TCC.

Where can you go?

You can find immediate employment or consider entry into a related health profession field. Nurse aides face physical and emotional challenges regularly on the job; they adjust well to similarly demanding jobs in a short period.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • have excellent communication skills.
  • are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • are comfortable taking care of others’ physical needs
  • can plan and prioritize