Nursing Assistant

The nursing assistant program is one semester in length requiring the successful completion of  NAS 100 – Long Term Care Nursing Assistant, a four credit-hour classroom and clinical course, which fulfills the requirements of the seventy-five (75) hour Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) for the training of long-term care nursing assistants. After passing NAS 100, a student is eligible to take the Nurse Aide Certification Exam. Students who demonstrate competency on the exam will be placed on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry maintained by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) provide basic patient care under the direction of licensed nursing staff. Duties may include: bathing, grooming and feeding patients; obtaining and monitoring vital signs; ambulatory assistance and comfort measures. Nursing assistants care for patients confined to acute care hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, mental health centers and their homes. Because many CNA’s are employed in long-term care facilities and because the population of older Americans is growing, there are many job opportunities available for the Certified Nursing Assistant.

Students who do not have proof of American Heart Association Healthcare or BLS Provider level CPR certification must also enroll in EMS100.


Students who are enrolled in NAS course will be required to submit the following items:

  • Current history and physical completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant (must be completed on CVCC Physical Form).
    • NAS students are not required to complete Color Blind exam on Physical Form.
  • Documentation of immunization/health check
    • MMR- Series of 2 vaccinations or positive titer, if vaccination record is not available
    • Varicella- Vaccination or positive titer
    • Hepatitis B- Series of 3 vaccinations, waiver (form provided by CVCC Health Sciences), or positive titer
    • Tetanus- Vaccination (received within last 10 years)
    • Tuberculosis (TB)- Current negative PPD or normal chest x-ray (if PPD is positive) and PPD waiver (form provided by CVCC)
    • Influenza- Current vaccination or waiver (form provided by CVCC)
  • Copy of valid health insurance card
  • Copy of valid American Heart Association Healthcare or BLS Provider CPR certification or concurrent enrollment in EMS 100: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
  • Negative drug test and Drug Testing Consent Form (must also be signed by parent/guardian, if student is under 18 years old).
  • Background check (conducted by ACC Enterprises)
  • NAS Essential Functions form read and signed by applicant and licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant acknowledging understanding and confirming ability to meet essential functions and technical standards for medical assisting with or without reasonable accommodations.

All documentation must be provided prior to the beginning of clinicals in NAS 100.