Nurse Aide

The Nurse Aide program prepares students for employment as a nurse aide in hospitals, skilled care facilities, home health and hospice facilities. Coursework focuses on personal care skills, legal and ethical issue, restorative services, end-of-life care and the recognition of the emotional, social, cultural and individual rights of the patients. Students practice their skills in the college lab and at an assigned clinical settings. Participants receive the knowledge of safety and emergency care as well as principles of asepsis, and OSHA and HIPAA regulations.

Enrollment in this clinical course is contingent upon the student passing a criminal background check.

Why choose the Nurse Aide program at WCCC?

  • Students are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) certification exam after completing the core courses
  • Program is offered throughout the year, both days and nights, and can be completed in five weeks
  • Class size for the student to instructor ratio, mandated by the state, is 10:1
  • Classroom instruction combined with supervised clinical experience exceeds the state mandate, which provides a greater understanding of the compassion and skills it takes to care for this vulnerable population
  • Students can earn college credits while taking classes days or evenings

This certificate is designed to provide the student with entry-level skills required for employment as a nurse aide in a long-term care facility, an acute care facility or a home health care agency. Coursework emphasizes the special needs of the geriatric population. Students who successfully complete this certificate qualify to take the State Certification Examination. This certificate instruction includes basic nursing assistant procedures, skills, restorative services, general household activities, patient care, safety and emergency care. Students gain an understanding of the responsibilities involved in working with patients of all ages, in both wellness and illness, issues of mental health, patient rights and patient/family interactions. A minimum of 92 contact hours of training are required.

Academic Requirements

Career Opportunities

  • Assisted living facilities
  • Home care and hospice
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities

Career Pathways

Career pathway programs prepare students for employment in industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and beyond. Learn more about career pathways.

Career Pathways Certificate Length of Program
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 6 weeks (5 credits)

Upcoming Nurse Aide Sessions

Upcoming Nurse Aide Sessions


January 27, 2020 – February 29, 2020 (5 Weeks)*

4 Weeks Evening Classes 1/27 - 2/20:  4:30-8:30PM Mon-Thurs (Fridays off)

Final Week Practical Labs/Clinical 2/22 - 2/29:  Arranged Mon-Sat**


March 30, 2020 – May 2, 2020 (5 Weeks)*

4 Weeks Evening Classes 3/30 – 4/23:  4:30-8:30PM Mon-Thurs (Fridays off)

Final Week Practical Labs/Clinical 4/25 – 5/2:  Arranged Mon-Sat**


Application Process

Admission to the nurse aide program requires an application in addition to the WCCC admission application. There are additional expenses for students for this program. This process and additional fees are outlined in the information and application packet.

Students must be at least 16-years-old the day class begins in order to be registered. 

  • The class is very fun and really useful. You can get a career rolling just from being in the program. The opportunity to set yourself up for success is right there. You just have to go for it.
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    Kaci Pike
  • The most enjoyable part of the class is the relationships you build with your classmates. I also enjoy the hands-on part of the class. It engages your mind and gets you ready for the job.
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    Elizabeth Clink

Program Faculty

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Rebecca Muth

Instructor of Nurse Aide Training