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Nurse Aide Certification

Carolinas College is excited to announce the return of this exciting program!

Our flexible Nurse Aide I program is ideal for anyone looking for the perfect first step into healthcare. Learn everything you need to know about providing basic nursing skills in a structured healthcare setting under the supervision of a registered nurse. You’ll be set up for success to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), a career that’s currently in high demand at Atrium Health. Plus, our program offers flexibility to choose your on-campus schedule (weekdays, evenings, or weekends) for in-person skills labs and clinicals, combined with online class work. 

You'll be able to begin your reliable and rewarding career quickly - you could finish the program and get credentialed in a matter of months.

How to Become a CNA

  • Apply to our program
  • Take advantage of the tremendous flexibility with online asynchronous study combined with evening or weekend lab/clinical options
  • Students could finish program and be credentialed within 2-3 months
  • Atrium Health currently has a high demand for CNAs

Nurse Aide Program (CNA) at Carolinas College of Health Sciences


  • 120 total hours of learning required for completion for weekday courses (136 hours for Friday & Saturday courses)
  • Program combines in-person sessions, including skills labs and clinicals, with online components. 
  • Evening and weekend options available

Tuition & Fees

Carolinas College is consistently recognized by education researchers as a tremendous value when looking at lifetime earnings versus student debt. We work hard to keep our costs affordable and our tuition competitive with other institutions. For Tuition & Fee details, visit our Financial Aid page.

Educational Assistance for Atrium Health Teammates

With the Educational Assistance program through Atrium Health, eligible teammates may receive financial reimbursement for approved academic courses. Contact Financial Aid for more information:

Todd and Janelle Collins Nurse Aide Scholars Program

Atrium Health Foundation has received a generous commitment from Charlotte business executives Todd and Janelle Collins to establish a Nurse Aide scholars program at Carolinas College of Health Sciences. The program will offer full scholarships to qualified Charlotte-area high school students and graduates to attend the college’s Nurse Aide program. In addition to providing a full tuition scholarship, the program will provide an additional stipend to allow for students to work part time while enrolled in the Nurse Aide program. Please note that the scholarship application is included as part of the Nurse Aide application process. Apply for the Nurse Aide program.

For any program or scholarship questions, email

Application Requirements

  • Submit an online application here.  
  • Submit high school transcripts (or equivalent), or college transcripts.
  • Must have access to a computer and internet connection
  • Must pass a criminal background check (pre-enrollment requirement)
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Applying to the Nurse Aide program

*Fall 2024 Nurse Aide Cohorts are full. We encourage you to apply for Spring 2025.

Term Priority Deadline Start Date
Fall March 1 September
Spring July 1 January
Summer November 1 May