High value Nurse Aide I course passes over 92 percent to train high-demand nursing aides
SALISBURY, N.C. — Nurse aide jobs are some of the most plentiful in the medical industry. The need for qualified nursing staff is something that every medical office, hospital, nursing home and even home nursing organization experiences every day.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is proud to offer the most affordable option for this training – the closest competition is almost twice as expensive.
“Nurse aides – known as certified nursing assistants in some states – work in every skilled nursing facility, including every unit in the hospital like the ER, obstetrics and cardiac,” said Claude Lingle, director of health occupations, and former director of nursing for two different long-term care facilities.
Students taking Nurse Aide I are very successful – the College’s Nurse Aide I pass rate is 92 percent, while the statewide pass rate is only 71 percent.
“We also offer classes frequently and at many different times. At any given point, you could register for one of several classes – offered on different days of the week, morning, afternoon and evening,” said Lingle.
Not only is nurse aide certification a prerequisite for nursing school admission, it also provides a way for students to work in the healthcare field and pay for college.
“You’ll find that you have a wide range of choices when it comes to applying for nurse aide jobs – it is desirable employment with many jobs offering health benefits,” said Lingle.
The College is also offering a new workshop for anyone who has considered becoming a nurse aide.
“Healthcare occupations are on the rise, but is it the right field for you?” said Keri Allman, director of R3 Career Services. “‘Should I Become a Nurse Aide?’ is designed to help individuals explore this career field. At this workshop, you will hear occupational information and learn the about training leading to certification.”
The “Should I Become a Nurse Aide?” workshop will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the College’s R3 Center in Kannapolis.
The Nurse Aide I program is designed to teach fundamental skills required of healthcare professionals. The length of the program is approximately 139 hours (16 weeks). After successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation Nurse Aide Registry Exam. The registry listing is required to be employed by hospitals, long-term facilities, and home health agencies.
Nurse Aide I is a prerequisite for the Nurse Aide II program, Practical Nursing program and Associate Degree Nursing program. Classes are taught days and evenings at North Campus and Cloverleaf locations.
The College also offers a short “refresher” class for those who were previously listed in NC or any other state. Additionally, Rowan-Cabarrus offers several other training courses in areas such as mammography, IV therapy and phlebotomy.
Scholarships are available for those that qualify. For more information about the nurse aide classes, please call 704-216-7201, or visit www.rccc.edu/nurseaide.