Nurse Aide

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is exploding. Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any other occupational groups.

This high growth rate is driven by development of new technology and treatment modalities, aging of the population, increased healthcare spending, and the need to replace healthcare workers who retire or leave their jobs for other reasons. Growing demand for qualified healthcare workers means excellent employment opportunities for a wide variety of people. Most health support occupations require less than four years of college and many employers offer competitive wage and benefit packages including insurance, tuition reimbursement, and flexible hours to allow for continued education.

The Pre-Nursing program is designed to prepare students to pursue a profession in nursing, as well as provide a foundation for students interested in pursuing another health-related field.  By completing the Nurse Aide (NA) certification, students become qualified to work in hospitals and long term care facilities. High school students may also begin working toward pursuing one of our other adult health programs.

At A Glance

Open To

High School Juniors and Seniors

Total Hours Required

430-480 hours


Part-time only: 9 months of instruction

Entrance requirements:

 - GPA of 2.5+

 - C or better in Biology

 - No disciplinary record (for clinical purposes)

 - Attendance in good standing with minimal tardies



Rockwell campus:

Two sessions: Monday through Friday, 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:00 p.m.


Reno campus:

Two sessions: Monday through Friday, 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.


Danforth campus:

Two sessions: Monday through Friday, 8:25-11:00 a.m. and 12:10-3:15 p.m.

Students enroll in either the AM or PM session.

Student Resources

Textbook Info


  • Health Careers Core I 60 hours
  • College and Career Readiness in Healthcare I - Rockwell 50 hours
  • CPR & First Aid 15 hours
  • College and Career Readiness in Healthcare I - Reno 100 hours
  • Medical Terminology 45 hours
  • Anatomy & Physiology 120 hours
  • Nurse Aide 140 hours

Tuition & Costs

Costs for High School Students

Licensure / Certifications

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Long Term Care Nurse Aide Certification - $80.00

Tuition & Fees

  • N/A

Textbooks, Supplies, and Certifications (Estimated)

  • Immunizations for clinical (approximate) - $250.00 - $300.00
  • Scrubs and Shoes - $75.00

Total Estimated Costs for High School Students

*Immunization costs can vary widely depending upon the specific immunizations needed and where they are obtained. All students add cost of immunizations to the estimated total. Additional scrubs may be purchased for approximately $30.00 each, if desired. The cost of the Nurse Aide exam will be paid by Francis Tuttle. Students must have a social security card or proof of US citizenship and must pass a background check in order to take the exam.

Employment & Outcomes

Salary Range

$9.00 - $15.00

per hour

Pass Rate



Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to work for:

Hospitals and Long-Term Care facilities, Healthcare Provider Offices