Nurse Aide Education Program

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Nurse Aide Education Program

Centra College offers a 5-week Nurse Aide Education Program at the Main Campus site in Lynchburg, Virginia and branch location at Bedford Memorial Hospital (BMH). Clinical experiences are provided at Centra in both acute care and long-term care facilities. Completion of the program qualifies a student to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination by Pearson Vue. Successful completion of this examination leads to licensure at a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). Licensure is required for employment as a certified nurse aide. The Nurse Aide Education Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Nurse Aide Education Program participants will obtain licensure as a Certified Nurse Aide through completion of the NNAAP exam, will work within the scope of practice for a Nurse Aide in the state of Virginia within hospitals, long term care, facilities, or home settings, and will be able to accurately report changes in condition and  responses to care plans to  staff.

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Don't forget to submit your Reference Form and Coordinator Letter as well! 

Advantages of a Nurse Aide education include:

  • Short program length
  • Possible academic progression to PN, ADN and BSN.
  • Focus on long-term care
  • Affordable cost

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements

Nurse Aide Education Program Requirements

  • Official high school transcripts (mailed from the educational institution) indicating that the applicant has completed a high school course of study or has a passing GED or Home School official score report.
  • Must be 18 years of age prior to the start of the program.
  • Immigration or citizenship documentation is required if applicant is not a U.S. citizen by birth (The College is not a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified and cannot accept international students on an F-1 or M-1 visa).
  • Include personal references (3) from individuals, other than family members, and   friends. The three completed reference forms (mailed from the people completing the reference) must be submitted with the application. References should be from those who can speak to the applicant’s work ethic, community service and/or academic performance.
  • Must be able to meet the Essential Requirements for the program and sign and date the form.
  • If selected, the Nurse Aide Education Program admissions team may request an interview with you.
  • The Nurse Aide Education program does not offer credit for experiential learning.
  • All admission required documentation must be mailed or delivered to the Centra Nurse Aide Program at the Centra College  (Main Campus) and received by 3:00 pm on the last day of the deadline.   

Additional Requirements

  • Background check and drug screen (conviction of certain crimes may preclude admission to the College)
  • Prior to the first day of class, the student must provide documentation of positive titers or immunizations for tetanus (TDAP), rubella, rubeola, mumps (MMR) and chickpox (Varicella); the Hepatitis B series, and tuberculin test. Students are required initiate the Hepatitis B, TDaP, MMR and Varicella vaccination or sign a declination statement if they are unable to receive the vaccine. Flu vaccine documentation is required (12/1 through 4/30) and students who do not receive the vaccine may be required to wear a mask when in the clinical area. Must have FLU VAC sticker on the badge. The tuberculin test is required to be done once.
  • Signature representing agreement with Centra Nurse Aide Education Program Honor Code
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR card valid for the duration of the program. The Nurse Aide Education program will provide CPR training if necessary, but this is not considered part of the curriculum hours.
  • Employees of Centra Health System will be evaluated for job performance and eligibility for rehire. Adverse references from previous employers will be evaluated in the admission process and may result in non-acceptance to the program.
  • All Accepted applicants will be required to attend the full orientation session. Failure to attend the orientation will result in forfeiture of your position in the program.

Tuition, Fees and Calendar

Tuition, Fees and Calendar
Tuition, Fees and Calendar

 Students are admitted based on the number of classes set for the year. Please refer to the table below. However, these dates and times may change with advanced notice based on the enrollment numbers for each cohort.

Start Date:
Classes and Location(s)

Orientation Date:
Nurse Aide Coordinator


November 11, 2019   CCON/BMH October 11, 2019 September 20, 2019*
January 13, 2020 CCON/BMH December 16, 2019 November 22, 2019*
March 16, 2020 February 14, 2020 January 31, 2020*
June 1, 2020 CCON/BMH May 5, 2020 April 17, 2020*
July 13, 2020 June 19, 2020 June 5, 2020*
September 8, 2020 CCON/BMH August 7, 2020 July 24, 2020*
November 2, 2020 October 2, 2020 September 18, 2020*


Estimated Tuition and  Fees 

Pass Rates and Job Placements

Pass Rates and Job Placements
Pass Rates and Job Placements

Testing Scores

Nurse Aide 

NNAAP Examination by Pearson Vue
First Time Pass Rates
Retention/Completion Rate Job Placement Rate
Dec 2019 97.14% 100%


June 2019 94% 97%


June 2018 94.59% 92% 92%
Dec 2018 92% 97% 92.7%
June 2017


84.2% 91.6%