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Nurse Assistant

Welcome to the Nurse Assistant Program at Calhoun Community College. We hope this page can serve as a source of information for our students as well as others in the community. 

The Nurse Assistant plays an important role in the lives of clients and their families. The Nurse Assistant also provides quality care to clients, works in a team environment, and builds relationships with healthcare team members, clients, and family members of clients.

As part of a professional team of clinicians, the certified nurse assistant (CNA) will be responsible for measuring and recording diagnostic information such as vital signs, intake and output, client observation, equipment setup and more.  They work under the supervision of nurses to provide safe, comfortable and hygienic treatment for the client.  They are often the specialists who have the most "one on one" time with the clients. Nurse Assistants also understand the importance of teamwork and collaboration with other members of the healthcare team.  Nurse Assistants work in hospitals, physician's offices, assisted living and long term care facilities, and home health.

Mean annual earnings of certified nursing assistants were $26,820 in May 2015. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

Program Description

Students enrolled in this for-credit program fulfill the seventy-five (75) hour Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) requirements for training of long-term care nursing assistants in preparation for certification through competency evaluation. Emphasis is placed on the development of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required for the long-term care nursing assistant. Additionally, hospital and acute care skills are incorporated into the classroom and lab training. Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible for certification as a Nurse Assistant and will also have the option of certifying through the Alzheimer’s Association in Dementia Care. 

Nurse Assistant Program Requirements

Applicant Must:

  • Meet all the general admission requirements of CCC.
  • Possess a GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Satisfactory completion of health physical, proof of vaccinations, and criminal/consumer background check and urine drug screen

Selection and Notification

The Nurse Assistant program admits a class each semester based on minimum course enrollment.

Upon enrollment into the Nurse Assistant program, the student must submit:

  1. A clear consumer/criminal background check by the school-approved vendor prior to registration. 
  2. To a drug screen by the school-approved vendor; date to be assigned by the Program Director. 
  3. An annual health physical examination, including proof of Hepatitis B and other vaccination status which meets clinical agency contract requirements.
  4. Proof of health insurance.
  5. Proof of Healthcare Provider level CPR

Program Expectations

Students admitted into the Nurse Assistant program are expected to comply with the Health Science Program Regulations and Expectations as published in the Programs of Study section of the Calhoun Community College Catalog and the Nurse Assistant Handbook.

Required Competencies

  • Clinical competencies (infection control, nursing assistant care and related skills, assist with specimen collection, diagnostic testing, restorative patient care)
  • General competencies (professional communication, legal/ethical concepts, patient instruction, operational functions)


Students eligible for certification as a Nurse Assistant must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain a grade of "C" or higher in all Nurse Assistant courses and
  • an "S" (Satisfactory) in the clinical component when appropriate. Failure to do so will result in the student being ineligible to progress to certification. 

Career Path

The Nurse Assistant curriculum prepares students to function as healthcare professionals in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, long term care facilities, and home health agencies. Graduates of the program may continue their education in various Health Science programs such as Nursing. 

Alabama Dept. of Public Health - Nurse Aide Registry

Prometric Nurse Assistant Testing

Alzheimer's Association

To receive an email for background check/drug screening and/or credentialing OR questions related to these processes please contact Misty Greene, Allied Health Secretary, at 256-306-2786 or email

Background Check

Tutorial for completing Background Check & Drug Screening 

Drug Screen Locations 


Student Credentialing Training Guide

Health Form

Nurse Assistant Program Estimated Expenses

Contact Information

For further information regarding the Nurse Assistant program please contact:

Kenneth Kirkland, RN, BSN, NRP
Nurse Assistant Program Coordinator
Phone: 1.256.306.2789
Misty Greene
Allied Health Secretary
Phone: 1.256.306.2786