NA students practicing with a mannequin

Nurse Aide Program

Course Description

Short-term training that prepares individuals to work as caregivers in a health care setting, such as in a nursing home, hospital or home health care.

Students will attend a mandatory orientation for 15 hours prior to beginning the Nursing Assistant class. This occurs the week prior to class start date.

  • 160 Hours of instruction - 112 classroom/lab hours and 48 clinical hours
  • Taught by a Registered Nurse
  • Approved by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation

Printable 2018CE2 class schedule

Printable 2018CE3 class schedule


    Registration for Fall 2018 will be ongoing beginning July 2, 2018.

    Students must register in person for NA I classes. Nurse Aide Registration occurs daily from 8:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday in the Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development, Room 308.1

    1. Bring with you the negative results of a tuberculosis (TB) skin test. The TB skin test may take anywhere from 48 - 72 hours for the results to be read. This test is available at a doctor’s office, urgent care or a County Health Department. Each will charge a fee for this test. TB results are good for one year only.
    2. Effective March 1, 2017 for all students doing clinical experience at Mission Health Systems, the following immunizations are required prior to registration:
      • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccination, and subsequent booster every ten (10) years
      • Measles vaccination, unless Student provides serologic confirmation of immunity, or documentation of physician diagnosed measles
      • Rubella immunization, unless Student provides serologic confirmation of immunity, or documentation of physician diagnosed rubella
      • Mumps immunization, unless Student provides serologic confirmation of immunity, or documentation of physician diagnosed mumps
      • Hepatitis B vaccination series (unless Students sign an appropriate declination form)
      • Varicella immunization (chicken pox), unless Student provides serologic confirmation of immunity, or documentation of physician diagnosed varicella
      • Influenza vaccination(s) as required by Mission, for experiences occurring any time between October 1st and March 31st.  
    3. Make sure you have a non-expired, government issued picture ID, such as a U.S. driver’s license or a U.S. passport, which must be presented at registration.
    4. Tuition: $211.35 (includes: Tuition, Supply Fee, Technology Fee and Insurance).
      Payment Options:
      • Students should bring in exact amount if paying with cash
      • Write a check to A-B Tech for the exact amount
      • Bring a written authorization for payment from your organizational sponsor or the employer who will pay for your class
      • Students may also pay with American Express, Master Card or VISA
    5. Due to the demand of the Nurse Assistant classes, minors (those between 16 and a half-18 years of age), will be admitted to class per college policy. Exceptions may be made for minors with a High School Diploma or GED at the time of class. For further information please contact 828-398-7332.
    6. Students will need to provide a High School Diploma/GED or transcripts stating that they have graduated from High School.  A completed Bachelor's or Master's Degree will also be acceptable. If unable to provide any of the mentioned documents a free reading test will be required. Reading tests are completed in the Hemlock Building on the Asheville Campus, students must score at the 9th grade level or better to be able to register for Nurse Aide classes. Please call the Nurse Aide office for directions, on how to schedule a reading test-828-398-7878.
    7. Finally, bring all the requested items listed above in person only.

    Please call the Nurse Aide information line, 828-398-7600, for dates of upcoming registrations.  No fax or online registration is available for NA I classes.

    If you have any questions regarding these registration procedures, please call 828-398-7878 (Asheville Campus classes) or 828-398-7700 (Sherri Davis for Madison County classes).


    The mandatory Nursing Assistant orientation, is completed in 12 hours during the week prior to starting your NA I class and is designed to:

    • Orient students to the workplace expectations of a Nursing Assistant
    • Introduce medical vocabulary and abbreviations
    • Raise awareness of the needs of the elderly
    • Identify individual reading level required for Nursing Assistants
    • Provide development of communication and interpersonal skills needed in today's healthcare workplace
    • Provide study skills, including test taking strategies

    Tuition and Supply Costs

    The following costs are approximate and may change without notice:

    Tuition and Books

    • Tuition: $175.00
    • Insurance: $1.35
    • Books: $85.00
    • Student Handbook: $14.00
    • CPR Card: $3.00
    • Technology Fee: $5.00
    • Supply Fee: $25.00

           Total: $307.65

    Registry Exam Fee

    • NACES Registry Exam: $101.00

      Exam fee is payable by credit/debit only to Pearson Vue.

    Uniform Costs

    • Ceil Blue Scrubs Top and Bottom: Approx. $40.00

      Scrubs are available for purchase at Read's uniforms or other uniform outlets throughout the city. You will not need to purchase a scrub top until your clinical hours begin.

    • White Tennis shoes or uniform shoes will be worn with the Ceil Blue Scrubs. You will not need to wear the uniform until your clinical hours begin.

    Financial Assistance and Continuing Education Scholarships may be available to you.

    Important Information

    • Prior to the clinical experience a background check and drug screening will be required thru Intellenet Inc
    • In order to take the Nurse Aide State Exam, you will need to have a United States Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration. This must be the actual card, not a photocopy. If you do not have your original card, you can apply for a duplicate at the Social Security Administration Office which is located off Chunns Cove Road in the Center Park Office Complex on Piney Mountain Road. This card cannot be laminated. The name on your picture ID and the social security card must match.  
    • All classes are on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Attendance for all days of orientation is required.
    • Attendance for all class days is mandatory, so please check your schedule to make sure you can attend classes as scheduled.
    • Class dates are subject to change so please call the NA Office at 828-398-7878 to confirm class availability.

    Class Schedule Options:

    Day Classes (8 Weeks)

    Tuesday - Thursday or Wednesday - Friday
    Classroom hours: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Clinical hours: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

    Evening Classes (4.5 Months)

    Two evenings per week - (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesdays and Thursday)
    Classroom hours: typically 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, or 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM or 6:00 PM -9:00 PM
    Clinical hours: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM - (7 Saturdays)