Nurse Aide (NSA)

Course Description

Cardinal Institute for Health Careers’ Nurse Aide (NSA) education program is designed to teach basic knowledge and skilled techniques for individuals entering the healthcare community to be able to work in hospitals, assisted living facility, Nursing Homes, and/or Home Health Care agencies.

The NSA education program is 133 total clock hours, divided as:

Indirect Hours

  • 93 hours of classroom instruction & skilled techniques;

Direct Hours

  • 40 hours of clinical externship.


  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must speak, read, write and comprehend English
  • Must have basic Math skills
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must have a government issued photo ID
  • Must have a social security card
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds throughout the entire class and clinical sessions

Special Requirements

Please note the requirements must be completed and turned in prior to the first day of the program. Also, the following requirements are at the individual’s personal expense; they are not included into the tuition of the NSA education program. For Clinical Externship, the Nurse Aide student will need to supply the school with the following documents:

  • Immunization/Vaccination Records
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Rubella
    • Tdap (Pertussis)
    • Tetanus
    • TB (within the last 6 months)
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis B or letter of decline
    • Influenza and Pneumonia, seasonal
  • Urine Drug Screening Results
  • Proof of Professional Liability Insurance
  • Current AHA BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification (Online certification not accepted)
  • Physical Examination within the last six (6) months of desired program start date
  • Criminal Background Check Results

Students are responsible in obtaining the following equipment needed in their scope of practice prior to clinical assignment at student’s cost. These are due by the third Monday of class and need to be worn for skills testing and during the externship:

  • Stethoscope (optional)
  • Watch with second hand
  • Student Uniform (all white)
  • White, leather, closed toe shoes


Upon satisfactory completion of all skills assigned and a passing grade of 80% or better, the student will receive a certificate of completion from Cardinal Institute for Health Careers.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the Virginia Board of Nursing certification examination.

Certified Nurse Aides may seek employment at nursiing homes, assited living facilities, home helath care agencies and hospitals.

Completion Requirements

Program Completion Requirements

Cognitive testing in form of quizzes/exams are given and the student must pass with an 80% or better and skilled techniques on venipunctures, skin punctures, etc. must be met satisfactorily for successful completion of this training program. This is a pass/fail training program.

Clinical Externship

NSA education program includes 40 hours of clinical externship. Professional and ethical integrity must always be in the forefront and satisfactory compliance of the guidelines set forth.


At program end, upon satisfactory completion of all skills assigned and passing grade of 80% or better, the student will receive a certificate of successful completion of the NSA education program.

Duration (in days)


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