Nurse Aide I


Please note:
The Nurse Aide curriculum requires advanced English language skills.

Wake Tech offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes free for students who want to improve their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills to increase their college and career readiness.

Learn more about ESL classes

What will I learn in a Nurse Aide I class? 

Nurse Aide I training includes basic nursing skills required to provide safe, competent personal care for individuals with an emphasis on:

  • Person-Centered Care
  • Aging Process
  • Communication
  • Safety/Emergencies
  • Infection Prevention
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Measurements
  • Elimination
  • Nutrition
  • Basic Restorative Care and Rehabilitation
  • Dementia
  • Mental Health
  • End-of-Life Care

The Nurse Aide I 168 contact hour class is a Workforce Continuing Education class; therefore students will not receive credit hours or be eligible for financial aid.

The class consists of theory and a clinical experience in the hospital or long-term care facility. The first 100 hours is in class lecture and lab. The last 68 hours consists of an 8 hour Written and Skills Final Exam, a mandatory 4 hour clinical prep and orientation, 48 hours of clinical rotation, and a mandatory 8 hours of mock competency.

Hybrid Class (Online and In Person)

We offer Hybrid Nurse Aide I classes. Nurse Aide I Hybrid classes have 40 hours of online instruction. Students will need to use Chrome of Firefox web browsers for the 40 hours of online instruction to access Moodle, as Internet Explorer is not supported. Students will not have access to the online component of the class until after meeting in person on the first day of class. Please refer to the details section of any Hybrid class to verify all the dates that the class will meet in person. These Hybrid classes are best for students that are confident with their computer and time management skills.

Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills and be eligible to test for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

Spanish Nurse Aide I Classes

We will begin offering Spanish Nurse Aide I classes in the fall of 2019. Classes will be held twice a year at the Public Safety Education Campus and will be taught by a bilingual Registered Nurse instructor. Students interested in taking the Spanish Nurse Aide I class must have conversational English language skills but may be bilingual or speak Spanish as their primary language.

The Spanish Nurse Aide I class will have the same requirements and will cover the same curriculum as the Nurse Aide I class. Please see the Nurse Aide I Syllabus for more information about the class and required paperwork for clinical. The bottom of the syllabus web page has a Google Translation option where you can choose Spanish. The curriculum and tests will be presented in English and the instructor will be able to answer questions in Spanish. This class will prepare Spanish-speaking students to take the North Carolina Nurse Aide State Exams to be listed as a Nurse Aide in North Carolina.

Individuals interested can email [email protected] for more information.

**You must read the Nurse Aide I Syllabus  Before Registering.

Read the Nurse Aide I Syllabus

What is a Nurse Aide’s job description and average salary?

Please regularly check your Wake Tech email or the email address you provided. This is our primary way to contact you about important updates concerning your Nurse Aide class.

For more information:  

[email protected]; 919-747-0120


Industry-recognized credential: DHSR - Division of Health Service Regulation

Complete in: 6 months or less

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