Nurse Aide Diploma

student learning patient bed careThe Nurse Aide diploma curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in the Health Sciences. Students will complete general education courses that provide a foundation for success in nursing and allied health curricula. Students may select a career pathway that will prepare them for an entry–level position in health care. Courses may also provide foundational knowledge needed in the pursuit of advanced health science degrees or programs. Graduates should qualify for an entry–level job associated with the program major such as Nurse Aide.

Course work emphasizes growth and development throughout the life span, personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, household environment and equipment management; family resources and services; and employment skills.

Graduates may be eligible to be listed on the registry as a Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II. They may be employed in home health agencies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, extended care facilities, and doctors’ offices.

The diploma includes not only the Nurse Aide courses, but also general education courses. Those general education courses provide a foundation for further success in other allied health programs and in more advanced nursing programs.

If you plan to pursue a career in a healthcare field, being a Certified Nurse Aide on the NC Nurse Aide Registry is a prerequisite for entry into numerous healthcare majors such as Nursing, Physician’s Assistant, Radiography and Sonography. This course leads to college credits.

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Nurse Aide Diploma (D45970) Plan of Study

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Course Name and Number Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credit Hours
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I* 3 3 0 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry*GE 3 0 0 3
HSC 110 Orientation to Health Careers (hybrid) 1 0 0 1
MED 120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2 0 0 2
NAS 101 Nursing Aide I* 3 4 3 6
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II* 3 3 0 4
CIS 110 Introduction to Microcomputers 2 2 0 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in Disciplines*GE 3 0 0 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective*GE 3 0 0 3
NAS 102 Nursing Aide II 3 2 6 6
PSY 241 Developmental Psychology 3 0 0 3

* DRE 096, DRE 097, DRE 098; or DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060; or CHM 094 may be required based on placement test results/course requisites.

GE Fulfills the general education requirements for this degree.

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective – Students will choose one of the following: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, ART 116, ART 117, ART 121, ART 131, ART 171, ART 240, ART 244, ART 281, DRA 111, DRA 122, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 273, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 122, HUM 150, HUM 160, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215, PHI 240, REL 110, REL 211

V.A. Students: An approval signature from the V.A. Office is required before registering. Some courses may not be certifiable.

The above plan of study is the standard curriculum for the above program. Any deviation from the prescribed curriculum must have approval in advance. All prerequisite course requirements must also be met. To graduate the student must successfully complete all the required courses, the required credit hours for electives, and have at least a 2.0 grade point average. This plan of study is subject to change when the college thinks such action is in the best interest of the student or the program. It is the responsibility of the student to meet requirements for graduation. If accepted students do not enroll for three successive semesters, they must contact Admissions and Advising Services to determine if readmission is necessary.