CNA Classes in North Carolina (NC)

To be a Certified Nursing Aide in North Carolina, you need to follow a process laid down by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the training of CNAs.

Before You Start.

Before you can start on any CNA training you need to meet the following;

  • Have CPR Certification.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a GED or a be a high School graduate.
  • Have a criminal background check.
  • You must also take a physical test that must include TB screening and drug screening tests.

Once you pass these you can apply to a state approved training program.

How to Apply.

Some candidates can skip the training part of the CNA process. You can miss the training if you are any of the following;

  • Candidates who took the CNA training in another state.
  • Candidates with lapsed certificates who have taken a refresher course.
  • Candidates who have equivalent healthcare knowledge and experience.
  • Candidates who are enrolled in the state’s approved training course.

If you don’t meet any of these you need to take the CNA training. Approved training programs are at least 75 hours with a minimum 16 hours for each hands on training and the rest classroom lectures. A list of the State approved training programs provided in North Carolina is available by following this link.

After training, you can apply for the exams.


It will cost about $800 to $1000 to become a CNA in North Carolina.  This does not include the two exam costs.  There is a written and a practical exam. The written portion involves multiple choice questions and the practical part you need to perform chosen tasks.

Testing fee is as follows:

Both Practical and Written test: $ 101.
Written re-test: $ 24.
Practical re-test: $ 77.
Orally administered both Written and Practical test: $ 101.
Oral re-test: $ 24.

Certificate Renewal.

CNAs stay active on the state’s registry for 24 months from the date of registration. To renew this Nursing Assistants need to provide evidence of paid employment of a minimum of eight hours work in a skilled nursing facility.

Must Know Facts.

  • If you are enrolled in the nursing aide training course, you can have a job as a CNA in a nursing home or a healthcare center for a period of up to 4 months. In this time you must become qualified or face losing your job in nursing services.
  • To go to the DHHS official website follow this link.

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