Now offering an option to waive the tuition fee

Nurse Aide Education Program

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Nurse Aide Education Program

Certified nursing aides (CNAs) work under a nurse's supervision helping patients with daily care and tasks. Since they have extensive contact with each patient, CNAs play a key role in the lives of their patients and in keeping the nurse informed of  vital information about the patients' conditions.

In just five weeks, Centra's Nurse Aide Education Program will prepare you to take your National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) State Certification Examination. Our newly renovated classroom and lab provide an outstanding learning environment to help propel you towards your new career. The program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

Upcoming Series

Start Date Location Application Deadline*
June 12
April 21
June 19
April 28
August 7
Bedford and Lynchburg
June 16
September 25
August 4
November 13
September 22
Earn money while training for your new career plus pay no CNA program tuition or other fees! Centra is offering a waiver for tuition and other fees for students who commit to working at Centra for one year. To apply, download the Program Application Packet

* Completed application, high school/GED/homeschool transcript, and three personal references all need to be received by the deadline.

Program Breakdown

Each series consists of five weeks of classes held Monday through Thursday and includes academics, hands-on skills lab simulations and clinical work.

  • Day 1 - 10, 8:30 am - 2:15 pm, Classroom

  • Day 11 - 15, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm, Skills Lab

  • Day 16 - 20, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Clinical


  • Program Tuition: $800

  • Application: $10
  • Background Check: $26
  • Drug Screen: $15

Additional Expenses

  • White scrub shirt
  • Dark green scrub pants
  • White shoes (tennis or nursing)
  • A watch with a second hand
  • Optional: manual blood pressure cuff and stethoscope

If you are interested in the program, download and complete the application. Follow all instructions carefully. A background check and drug screen will be required prior to acceptance into the program. For more information, contact program coodinator Valerie Newcomb at 434.200.2234