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 transcript indicating that the applicant has or will complete an approved four-year high school course of study or the equivalent as determined by the appropriate educational agency. Once your course of study is complete, a final official transcript must be submitted prior to starting Centra College classes.
  • Must be 18 years of age prior to the start of the program.
  • Letter of Recommendation (1) from an individual, other than a family or friend, must accompany 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 & Calendar

Tuition, Fees & Calendar
Tuition, Fees & 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:

January 10, 2022 CC

December 3, 2021 December 10, 2021
February 7, 2022  CC  January 3, 2022 January 11, 2022
March 28, 2022 BMH/CC  February 18, 2022 February 25, 2022
May 16, 2022 CC  April 1, 2022 April 8, 2022
July 11, 2022  BMH/CC  June 3, 2022 June 10, 2022
August 22, 2022 CC July 15, 2022 July 22, 2022
October 19, 2022 BMH/CC September 9, 2022 September 16, 2022


2021-2022 Nurse Aide Education Program Tuition and Fees