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Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program  

Certified Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse to gather vital signs, patient data, and provide care for basic physical and emotional needs of patients. Certified Nursing Assistants are an important asset in nursing homes, assisted living centers, long term care facilities, independent living facilities, adult day care centers, home health agencies, hospice agencies, and clinics.

The Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate includes theory, hands-on instruction, and 30 hours of clinical training during the three-month program. Students will learn body systems, disease and infection control, legal and ethical issues, nutrition, and personal care skills. Students will also learn how to assist with admissions, transfers, discharges, assessments and care planning, mental health and sub-acute care, and resident safety. Hands-on training in basic nursing skills, wound care, restorative care, body mechanics, and measuring vital signs are also performed. Individuals interested in starting a career in the medical field, nursing or physician assistant school applicants, prospective patient care technicians, or those looking to develop skills may benefit from this program.

This certificate program will assist students in preparing for the State of Georgia Nurse Aide Competency Examination conducted by the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Services (NACES). Exam is included in tuition. Tuition also includes American Heart Association BLS and Heartsaver® First Aid training. Textbook is required at the first class meeting and is available at the KSU Center Bookstore. Equipment Required: Stethoscope, BP Kit, and blue scrubs must be purchased by the student and are required for clinical training. Equipment specifications provided during the first class meeting.

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or equivalency. Complete Skills Assessment and submit Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and access to computer and Internet are required. Additional course requirements: Pass a national online background check and drug test. Cost not included in program fee.

Skills Assessment & Program Application are located online. Click for instructions. You will be directed to the program application after completing the Skills Assessment.


  • Pass a national online background check and drug test. Cost $78.50, not included in program fee.
  • Immunizations are required for this program. Click here for more information.
  • Required textbook title is listed on course syllabus. Contact the KSU Center Bookstore at 678-797-2342 for availability.

View the Course Syllabus or the Application & FAQs page for the Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program.

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New programs begin in January and August.

Those interested in obtaining a Patient Care Technician (CPCT) national certification may be eligible to take the national exam upon successful completion of the following certificate programs offered by KSU: Certified Nursing Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician. Experience may be substituted in lieu of a KSU Certificate and will be evaluated by the testing organization on an individual basis as criteria for meeting the exam eligibility requirements.


Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program
Course Number: 152PHLC5726A      Fee: $2,199.00
8/11/2014 - 11/3/2014 Omit 9/1
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Sessions: 38 M W Th Sa
  Instructor: Cathy Brody
Rosetta Schambach
Greta Giesler
Laura Forde
Kathleen Wolfram
Katherine Barnett
Location: KSU Ctr 207