The Career Studies Certificate program in Nurse Aide is only available to students taking Dual Enrollment classes.
Career Studies Certificate
Purpose: Prepares students for a career as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). The program will provide instruction to prepare qualified students to meet the health care needs of the community within the scope of practice of a CNA, as defined by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Graduates of this program earn a Career Studies Certificate in Nurse Aide and will be academically eligible to take the NNAAP Certification Examination.
Program Objectives: Employment opportunities include nursing homes, hospices, public health and community nursing, medical offices and clinics, and acute and long-term care facilities.
Placement Requirements: Students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level English will be required to select appropriate EDE 10 or ENG 111 /EDE 11* coursework in consultation with an advisor.
Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.
- Applicants must be a dual enrollment student.
- Applicants must complete required evaluative tests administered at Virginia Western.
- Applicants must submit an application for admission into the program
Program Note: The career studies certificate in Nurse Aide is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing can deny certification to any applicant who has filed false credentials, who has falsely represented facts on the application for certification, and/or has committed a felony or misdemeanor. Some health care facilities may not employ individuals who have committed certain criminal acts and may conduct criminal background checks before hiring. Criminal background checks and urine drug screens are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students who have convictions may be prohibited from clinical agencies and may not complete the career studies certificate.