Nurse Aide

Students who are effective decision makers, want to make a difference in another person’s life, enjoy taking care of others, and work well as a team member should explore exciting training and career opportunities in nursing!

The Nurse Aide program is a one (1) year program that prepares students for state licensure by emphasizing the study of nursing occupations as related to the health care system. 

Students study normal growth and development, simple body structure and function, and medical terminology. They are introduced to the study of microbes and disease. In addition, students receive elementary training in patient/nurse aide relationships, taking and recording vital signs, CPR, bathing feeding, and dressing the patient, and transporting the patient in the hospital or nursing home. As a component of the program, students will receive clinical training in a local nursing facility. 

Occupations: Certified Nurse Aide; Home Health Aide; Medical Assistant ; Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Nurse

Typical Salary in Virginia: $18,000- $72,000 depending on education level and specialization2

Employment Outlook: Employment of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will be needed in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.3

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