Certified Nurse Aide

NURA 1001/2005

Requests for course withdrawals, refunds, or transfers must be submitted by email to cwl@grayson.edu, 7 business days prior to the course start date.


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  • $1,299
  • The student will be responsible for the $125.00 certification exam fee.

Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) Training Provider Number:

0152  Grayson College

Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Completed immunizations:

All applicants accepted into the program will be required to have the listed immunizations. Please note that some of these immunizations take up to six months to complete. Immunizations must be started in time to complete the series before the program's start date.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox), Proof of either:
    • two documented doses of varicella immunization
    • or a titer test (blood test) confirming immunity
  • Hepatitis B series, Proof of either:
    • a complete three-injection series of Hepatitis B vaccinations,
    • a complete two-injection series of Heplislav
    • a titer test confirming immunity (positive reading)
  • MMR series, Proof of either:
    • a complete two-injection series of MMR vaccinations, or
    • a titer test confirming immunity (positive reading)
  • Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (TDAP) (within past 10 years)
    • DTAP or TD not acceptable
  • Meningococcal Vaccine proof of either:
    • one dose of the vaccine within 5 years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class, or
    • ID verifying the applicant is over the age of 22
  • Influenza Vaccine (the most recent variation)
  • COVID Vaccine
    • Grayson College does not require this vaccine, however, clinical agencies do. Medical and religious waivers are considered, and requirements are subject to change at any time. We understand that it is your choice to receive the COVID vaccine; if you choose not to attend your clinical education placement due to a vaccine requirement, we will try to accommodate your request. However, we cannot guarantee you an alternate placement, which may impact your program completion.

Drug Screens & Background Checks:

Students must pass a urine drug screen and an additional criminal background check at the beginning of the program and prior to the start of clinicals.

Additional Requirements:

  • CPR: Obtain or hold American Heart Association or American Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider level CPR certification.
    • Please note that any program which includes this certification (CNA, PCT, etc...) DO NOT REQUIRE that you be certified before class.
    • All CPR classes must include a skills performance check-off and must be current (within two years)
    • You can find course listings for BLS for Healthcare Providers on the Center for Workplace Learning website, or the AHA's website
  • TB Exam: Obtain proof of a negative TB (tuberculosis) test. Blood or skin test must be within one year, negative chest x-rays must be within five years.
  • Performance Requirements: In order to accomplish program outcomes, students must:
    • Have visual acuity with/without corrective lenses to identify cyanosis, absence of respiratory movement in patients, and to read small print.
    • Have hearing ability with/without auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker's face and to hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells, and stethoscopic sounds.
    • Have the physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, lift patients, and move or maneuver in limited spaces.
    • Have the ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form, to speak succinctly and clearly, and explain simple patient care tasks.
    • Have manual dexterity to perform assigned skills.
    • Have the ability to function safely under stressful conditions, adapting to ever-changing clinical situations involving patient care.
    • Be able to meet the performance, physical, and/or lift requirements of the assigned clinical agencies.

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Notes: A background check including criminal history will be done prior to start of class.  All monies will be refunded if you are ineligible to attend. Your seat in the class is not guaranteed, regardless of payment status, until proof of all required immunizations and TB test results are received. Send records and TB test results to cwl@grayson.edu Certified Nurse Aide students will receive a voucher from their instructor for the purchase of scrubs. These scrubs become required classroom attire and should fit appropriately with proper undergarments worn underneath. Prior to receiving scrubs, students should wear long jeans or pants and short-sleeved tops. 
Students in all healthcare programs must wear closed-toed, slip-resistant footwear. Because you will be performing skills on other students, jewelry should be kept to a minimum, and only studs are allowed for earrings or facial piercings. Hair should be kept up off of the collar and out of your face. Nails must be natural, short and clean. Acrylic nails, nail dips or extensions of any kind on the nails are not/not permitted. Nail length must not extend past the tip of the finger.