Nursing: Nursing Assistant I Training Program

The Nursing Assistant program consists of 202 hours of classroom and clinical studies and takes approximately three months to complete. Nurse Assistants work in a variety of health care settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, private homes, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, hospice, and medical doctors' offices. Completion of the program qualifies you to sit for the N.C. State Nursing Aide examination and if successful leads to placement on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may want to look at our NA Refresher Course to see if you qualify to take that abbreviated course. 

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please email Amy Byerly at to request being added to email database to stay informed of future classes.

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age when you register (no exceptions).
  2. Have a valid High School diploma or GED certificate from an accredited school. If you have never taken a class at GTCC before and have a high school diploma from another country, it will need to be validated through our Student Success Center. You may email Jesse Cross at to have this done. This will be checked on the first day of class.
  3. Must have a U.S. government-issued Social Security Card, signed and non-laminated (a permanent resident card, such as a Visa, or any other alien identification card will not be accepted) and MUST have an unexpired Government issued photo ID such as a Driver’s License or Passport (must bring a copy of this to the first class).

You MUST bring all of the above documents to the first class for verification by the instructor.  If you do not meet ALL these qualifications, you will be dismissed from the course and will receive a refund of the registration fee.

If GTCC already has your official transcripts on file, you will not need to bring your high school diploma or GED certificate to the first class and will only need to bring your original Social Security card and a copy of your Photo ID. If you are unsure if your official transcript is on file or not, you may email Amy Byerly at and she can check for you.

  1. You will need to have two (2) copies of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test result and flu shot valid throughout the duration of the training.
  2. Your class instructor will let you know the date these items are needed.
  3. The TB test, flu vaccine, supplies and clinical uniform are requirements of the program.

Registration Fee for the Course: $204.50.  Financial Aid is not available for the class as it is a non-credit certificate course. However you may qualify for a scholarship. See answer to previous question for more information.

Required Items:

  • Student Manual – $54.76 with tax – is required for the first day of class (You must purchase from the GTCC Campus bookstore PRIOR to class where you will be taking the class.) 
  • Students will be REQUIRED to purchase a student ID badge for $5.  Students will need to bring in cash, check or card to the cashiers office on each campus.  NOTE:  The evening class students MUST come to a campus (Greensboro or Jamestown) during the day as the Cashiers all close at 5p. 

Additional Required Items:

  • TB Test (mandatory) – approximately $40.00 – MD, clinic, or Health Department
  • Flu vaccine. Required if the class is in session between September 1 and March 31.  Must be the current vaccine.  You will receive more information the first day of class – approximately $40.00 – MD, clinic, or Health Department
  • All White Scrub Uniform and white shoes – $25.00-$100.00 (may be purchased at any department store or uniform store)
  • Watch with a second hand – $10.00-$12.00
  • Pocket notebook – $1.00
  • Two #2 Pencils
  • Solid colored scrubs required starting first day of Lab (not sold at GTCC)
NOTE:  The sitting fee for the state exam will be an additional $140.00 and is not included in the registration fee and other fees listed above.  Also, students must wait 13 calendar days after graduation to take the skills exam.

  • The clinical site may ask you to sign a waiver to allow your criminal history to be obtained, or you may have to get this done on your own.
  • Lab and Clinical times and location may vary from your class schedule. You will need to have a flexible schedule. Refunds will not be given for schedule changes students are unable to accommodate.
  • The attendance policy is very strict. You may be dismissed from the program if you are absent more than once or tardy greater than 3 times during the Theory and Lab portions of the class. You will be dismissed if you are more than five minutes late or absent during clinical.
  • You will be given weekly multiple-choice question tests.  Your instructor will conference with you frequently to help you achieve your goals.  You may be dismissed from the class at the end of theory if your average is below 77%.  Achieving a passing grade of 77% on the cumulative final exam and a passing grade of 80% on the skills performance tests in lab allows the student to proceed to the clinical rotation of the class.  You must complete your Clinical rotation to pass the course and receive your certificate.
  • You must be able to accept constructive criticism, control your temper and follow directions carefully.
  • Unprofessional or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
  • Disrespectful, interruptive, disruptive, impatient behavior toward the instructors, fellow students, staff or clinical staff will not be tolerated at any time.
  • You will be dismissed during any portion of this class should your reaction be inappropriate at any time.
  • You may be dismissed if the RN Instructor suspects you are a safety risk in clinical due to a student physical or behavioral issues.
  • You may be dismissed if you are caught cheating, suspected of alcohol or drug use on campus or before class.
  • You will be dismissed for fighting, or for the use of profanity or demonstrating an attitude that would frighten a patient such as loud, raised, angry voices.
If you are dismissed from a class for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund.

  1. Disability Services – The NA 1 Departmental Staff want all students to be successful.  If you have any special needs, please contact the Disability Access Services department prior to starting your class so that arrangements can be made for the first day.  Please call 334-4822 Ext. 50113. 
  2. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or (ESL) – If you feel you need assistance with comprehension of the English Language, you may call 334-4822 Ext. 53107.  This is highly encouraged prior to enrolling in an NA 1 course.
  3. Learning Resource Centers – As a student in the NA 1 training program, you have access to the Learning Resource Centers on all three campus locations.
  4. Veterans’ Center – If you think you are eligible for VA/Military Education Benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GIBILL1 or 888-442-4551.  Eligibility is ultimately determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, not GTCC.  For additional information, you can contact Flora Taylor at 334-4822 Ext. 50521. 

Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these to your Instructor or any member of the NA Training Program Administration. Thank you for your service to our country.

On successful completion of a Nursing Assistant training course at GTCC (NA I, or NA I Refresher), you must pass the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry exam in order to be listed on the Nurse Aide I Registry. Registry listing is a requirement in North Carolina to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  GTCC is a designated testing center for the skills portion only of the Nurse Aide Registry Exam. Students will have to schedule their written portion at a Pearson Vue testing site.  GTCC is not a Pearson Vue testing center.  This allows you as a student to test in a familiar environment with equipment you are familiar with working around. To apply for your examination, please refer to the link and reference the latest edition of the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Candidate Handbook (PDF).

YOU MAY NOT REGISTER UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM PEARSON VUE GIVING YOU A REGISTRATION LINK. Once you receive this email, you may establish your profile for testing and select your test date. As a candidate, you are strongly encouraged to test as soon as you can which provides you the best opportunity for passing the exams. Visit the Pearson Vue registration site.

Remember the Open Labs are available for you, even after you graduate, to return to GTCC and practice your skills prior to your test date. There is an Instructor available to assist you during every Open Lab date. For a schedule of Open Lab dates, times and locations, click on the NA OPEN LAB SCHEDULE (See below FAQ).

Download instructions for registering for In-Facility Testing.

If you have any problems scheduling your exam, you will need to contact Pearson Vue directly at 888-723-6773.  GTCC Faculty and Staff are not able to assist with setting up your profile or scheduling your exam.

The In Facility Test number for GTCC is 34363.

In Facility, testing is on the Jamestown Campus, Business Hall, Room 202.

The testing dates are as follows:

  • January 22, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on January 7, 2022)
  • February 19, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on February 4, 2022)
  • March 19, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on March 4, 2022)
  • April 30, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on April 15, 2022)
  • May 14, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on April 29, 2022)
  • May 21, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on May 6, 2022)
  • June 18, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on June 3, 2022)
  • July 16, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on July 1, 2022)
  • August 20, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on August 5, 2022)
  • September 17, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on September 2, 2022)
  • September 24, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on September 9, 2022)
  • October 15, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on September 30, 2022)
  • November 19, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on November 4, 2022)
  • December 10, 2022 (application deadline is 5:00 pm on November 25, 2022)

If you are successfully scheduled to test at GTCC, you must be in the classroom, Business Hall Room 202, a half hour before your scheduled skills exam test time.



For questions:  Call Amy Byerly at 336-334-4822 Ext. 53062 or email her (preferred method) at Make sure you ask to be added to our email database for the latest course posting to be sent to you.

You may be eligible for scholarships when taking this training program. Each scholarship has time sensitive application deadline. Click on the link below to learn if you might meet the requirements for one of these scholarships. 

  • SECU (State Employees' Credit Union) Continuing Education Scholarship
  • Golden Leaf Scholarship Application
  • Corporate and Continuing Education Scholarship

These scholarships, if awarded to you, will cover tuition first and then may cover other course related expenses.  Once your application is received, you will be notified by email if it is granted and the amount provided.


NA Open Lab Schedule

Date Day of Week Time Campus Bldg. Code Room
1/7/2022 Friday N/A N/A N/A N/A
1/14/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
1/21/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
1/28/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206

Date Day of Week Time Campus Bldg. Code Room
2/4/2022 Friday N/A N/A N/A N/A
2/11/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
2/18/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
2/25/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206

Date Day of Week Time Campus Bldg. Code Room
3/4/2022 Friday N/A N/A N/A N/A
3/11/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
3/18/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
3/25/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206

Date Day of Week Time Campus Bldg. Code Room
4/1/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
4/8/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
4/15/2022 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
4/22/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
4/29/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206

Date Day of Week Time Campus Bldg. Code Room
5/6/2022 Friday N/A N/A N/A N/A
5/13/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
5/20/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
5/27/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206

Date Day of Week Time Campus Bldg. Code Room
6/3/2022 Friday N/A N/A N/A N/A
6/10/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
6/17/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206
6/24/2022 Friday 0900-1300 Jamestown BH 206

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