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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, your program includes maximum flexibility with online asynchronous study. Choose from weekends or evenings for your in-person labs and clinical education.

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.

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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 includes online asynchronous study, in-person skills lab and in-person clinical education
  • Choose evening or weekend options


Nurse Aide 1 Schedule: Fall 2022

Fall I 2022 In-Person Skills Lab Evening In-Person Clinicals
September 6 - October 13 Tuesday – Thursday, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm October 6, 10, 11, 12 from 2:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Fall II 2022 In-Person Skills Lab Evening In-Person Clinicals
November 1 - December 13 Tuesday - Thursday, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm December 6, 7, 8, 12 from 2:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Fall 2022: Weekends In-Person Skills Lab Evening In-Person Clinicals
September 10 - November 19 Saturday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm November 5, 6, 12, 13 from 2:45 pm to 9:00 pm
Fall 2022: Friday (Atrium teammates only) In-Person Skills Lab Evening In-Person Clinicals
September 9 - November 14 Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm November 7, 14, and 11 from 2:45 pm to 11:00 pm

Tuition & Fees


Tuition and Fee Details

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 Priority Deadline Start Date
Fall June 15 Multiple
Spring November 1 Multiple
Summer February 1 Multiple