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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, 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

  • Program offers tremendous flexibility with evening or weekend options
  • Atrium Health currently has a high demand for CNAs
  • Students could finish program and be credentialed within 2-3 months
  • 150 total hours of learning



  • 150 total credits required for completion
  • Evening or weekend options


Nurse Aide 1 schedule

Evening Classes: Fall I *Online Time *Skills Lab Evening Clinicals *In Person
September 7 - October 22 (7 weeks). Final exam October 21      Monday - Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. October 12, 13, 14, 18 & 19 - 3 to 11 p.m.
Evening Classes: Fall II *Online Time *Skills Lab Evening Clinicals *In person
November 1 - December 17 (7 weeks). Final exam December 15 Monday - Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. December 7, 8, 9, 13 & 14 - 3 to 11 p.m.
Weekend Classes: Full-Term Fall *Online Time *Skills Lab Weekend Clinicals *In person
September 11 - December 17 (14 weeks). Final exam December 12 Saturday & Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. November 20 & 21; December 4, 5 & 11 - 3 to 11 p.m.

*Please note that last day of class falls on a week day which is not typical for the weekend program.

Tuition & Fees


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. The goal of the program is to increase the diversity of the student body at Carolinas College and to remove barriers for underrepresented students who may have a desire to work in healthcare professions. 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)



Term Deadlines Decision Notification
Spring 2022 November 1, 2021 4-6 weeks after application deadline