Preferred Prerequisites

  • Algebra 1

  • Eagerness to work with the elderly in an extended care environment

Credential & Licensing Opportunities

  • National Nurse Aide Assessment

  • Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment


NOTE: Due to Virginia Board of Nursing requirements, students must hold US citizenship or legal immigrant status to fully participate in clinical experiences and attain licensure. A criminal background check is required.

This program is transitioning from a one-year format to a two-year format. For the 2020-2021 school year only, to best serve all students, seniors will take a condensed one-year course, while juniors will take the first year of the expanded two-year program. This course emphasizes the study of nursing occupations as related to the health care system. Students study normal growth and development, simple body structure and function, and medical terminology and are introduced to microbes and disease. They receive skill training in patient-nursing assistant relationships; taking and recording of vital signs; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and bathing, feeding, dressing, and transporting of patients in rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. Supervised on-the-job clinical instruction is nursing homes is part of this course. This course can be used as an introduction to the nursing field and develop the skills necessary to sit for the Certified Nurse Aide assessment.

Nurse Aide