Certificate in Nurse Aide

SVCC offers Nurse Aide courses throughout our service area. Upon successful completion of the one semester, 16 credit-hour program students receive the certificate needed to take the Virginia NNAAP (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program) Exam to became a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). Students also earn a Career Studies Certificate and may participate in the SVCC graduation. The College offers this program year round throughout the service area, with some programs taught during the day and some programs in the evening.

Nurse Aide Gainful Employment Information

Certificate in Nurse Aide

Career Studies Certificate in Nurse Aide - Basic 

Course Credits Description
NUR 195 5 Lecture class and lab providing the theory and skills practice.
NUR 196 5
Clinical experience primarily in nursing homes.
NUR 199 3 Supervised Study in Nurse Aide Skills, designed to help students prepare for their certification exam.
SDV 100 1 College Success Skills class.
HLT 100 2 First Aid and CPR certification class.

Career Studies Certificate in Nurse Aide - Advanced 

First semester includes the courses listed above under Nurse Aide - Basic


Second semester - 2 OPTIONS:


NUR 193                        4 credits       Medication Aide (MUST successfully pass NUR 195, 196, & 199 or be a current CNA in Virginia to take this course.)

ITE 102                           1 credit       Computers and Information Systems

SDV 100 (if not taken)    1 credit       College Success Skills



MDL 105 and MDL 190     3 credits each (6 total)   Phlebotomy and Coordinated Practice in Phlebotomy

ITE 102                             1 credit        Computers and Information Systems

SDV 100 (if not taken)        1 credit        College Success Skills

Occupational objectives for this program include working as a CNA in health-related agencies including nursing homes as well as home health positions acquired through placement agencies or private arrangements. There are a number of job opportunities in Southside Virginia for CNAs!

Completion of the requirements to become a Certified Nursing Assistant can be the first step on the educational ladder of the field of nursing. To discuss the opportunities in nursing, please contact one of the counselors on the Alberta or Keysville campuses or contact our Health Sciences Counselor, Rebecca Laben at 434-736-2214 or by email at Rebecca.laben@southside.edu