Nurse Aide (Short-term Training)
Students in class

Nurse Aide

Short-term Training Certifications

PURPOSE: The Community College Workforce Alliance works in partnership with Reynolds and Tyler Community Colleges to serve students with a fast track to the workforce with training and credentialing programs that can be completed in weeks or months. CCWA offers workforce training and certifications in transportation and logistics, construction and trades, customer service, health care and manufacturing. These programs are supported through state-funded tuition assistance available to all Virginians, making Short-term Training Programs low cost or no cost. Short-term Training Programs also offer career coaching and job connections.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Short-term Training credentials prepare students for entry-level careers in high-demand occupational fields offering good starting wages – many with benefits and promotion opportunities. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: There are no admissions requirements.  Tuition assistance is available to all residents of Virginia, regardless of income. Classes may be free to those qualifying for additional financial aid.  

PROGRAM NOTES: In certain industries, prior convictions may prohibit employment.  Drug testing and a pre-employment physical may be required for some occupations.  Some companies may have minimum age requirements for select positions.

Nurse Aide

This program will prepare the student for a career in the nursing field. Training will focus on the improvement and enhancement of quality of life for long-term care residents and introduce the growing need in long-term care. Course topics include: the nurse aide's role focusing on legal responsibilities, desirable qualities, accountability, standards of conduct, and professionalism, appropriate personal care of long-term residents and special needs residents and successful completion of the Nurse Aid Competency Evaluation and Exams. Participants are taught to: Take and record Vital Signs, monitor urinary catheters, apply dressings, monitor patients and report adverse reactions of medications or treatments, feed patients, monitor patient safety, record intake and output, assist with bathing, dressing, feeding, enemas, basic wound care, patient mobility and personal hygiene. Students must have a high school diploma or GED and the ability to pass drug and criminal background screening. A TB test is also administered. 

Nurse Aide 

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Certified Nurse Assistant

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Common job titles: Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2026): 45,930

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $20,520 - $37,480


 Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

 Green Leaf Icon"Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

 Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accurate information possible. The data was sourced from an external agency (O*NET) on August 1, 2019.

CCWA has funding through the Short-term Training Program for this certification prep course. The financial assistance can help pay for training that supports attainment of industry credentials. If you have limited income and want to earn an industry credential, please contact us and find out how CCWA can support your efforts. 

Sign up for an upcoming Short-term Training orientation.

Sessions will be held at CCWA on the Parham Road Campus of Reynolds Community College in the Workforce Development and Conference Center (WDCC) located at 1651 E. Parham Rd. Richmond, VA 23228. 

For more registration information, contact a CCWA Career Coach at careercoach@ccwa.vccs.edu.