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The Nurse Aide curriculum requires advanced English language skills. Wake Tech offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes free for students who want to improve their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills to increase their college and career readiness.
There are no prerequisites for Nurse Aide I. However, Wake Tech offers a non-degree course, Medical Terminology, for those interested in familiarizing themselves with new medical language to better understand and prepare for future medical courses and career opportunities. Email [email protected] for more information.
The Nurse Aide I course includes basic nursing skills required to provide safe and competent care for individuals. Emphasis is placed on person-centered care, the aging process, communication, safety/emergencies, infection prevention, legal and ethical issues, measurements, elimination, nutrition, basic restorative care/rehabilitation, dementia, mental health and end-of-life care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills and be eligible to test for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.
Due to Nurse Aide I being a Workforce Continuing Education class, students will not receive credit hours or be eligible for financial aid. For potential financial assistance, contact the Workforce Continuing Education Financial Resources and Student Support team at [email protected] or 919-866-5853.
This is a hybrid class, consisting of 168 total hours of online, classroom, lab and clinical instruction. The theory portion of class will be online via Moodle; 48 hours of the class will be clinical hours. The four-hour Clinical Prep & Orientation and eight-hour Mock Competency days are mandatory.
Hybrid classes are best for students proficient in the English language who are confident with their computer and time management skills. Students will need to use Chrome or Firefox web browsers to access Moodle, as Internet Explorer is not supported. Students will not have access to the online component of the class until the first day of class. On that day, students will meet their instructor, receive instructions on how to access Moodle and have questions answered. The student curriculum and class homework are all located in Moodle.
Many employers and lay people use the term CNA, or Certified Nursing Assistant, for nurse aides. They work under the supervision of the licensed registered nurse, RN, and do not have a license. The NA I in North Carolina is regulated and listed on the Nurse Aide I Registry by the state Division of Health Services Regulation, which is part of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. To become listed as a Nurse Aide I, federal regulations require that all candidates pass a state competency exam that consists of both a written and skills exam.
For more information regarding the State Exam, visit Credentia's website.
Students may submit a withdrawal request and receive refunds in the following instances:
To transfer to another section, the student must email his or her name, address, phone number and the section numbers for old and new class to [email protected].
When personal stressors and out-of-the-classroom challenges interfere with your academic performance and daily life, the Care Center provides wraparound supports, such as Wellness Services, free, brief mental health counseling; Student Success Coaching; food resources; emergency financial aid, including funding for textbooks and course materials; technology assistance; and transportation assistance. Email [email protected] or call 918-866-6111 for more information.
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services is dedicated to "serving our students who may, due to documented physical, psychological or learning disabilities, require academic or non-academic accommodations for equal access to college facilities, academic programs and other activities."
Individual Learning Center
To ensure that all Wake Tech students are successful in their courses, they can use the Individualized Learner Center for tutoring services, as well as any campus library, including online resources, for additional support. To access these services, students will need to have an active Wake Tech email and their student photo ID badge.
Students must upload all clinical paperwork, other than what's noted below, to CastleBranch prior to the clinical paperwork deadline. Please allow up to one week for review and approval. If the paperwork is not correctly submitted by the scheduled time and date of the clinical prep and orientation, the student will be exited and receive a grade of NG. It is the student's responsibility to check for approval or rejection.
Consistent with their value to do zero harm to patients and staff, several clinical affiliates require all employees, temporary employees, providers, volunteers, students, residents and those who are job shadowing to receive and show documentation of their completed COVID-19 vaccination(s). All Wake Tech students must upload proof of vaccination to CastleBranch's secure server.
Medical and religious exemptions will not be considered for COVID-19 vaccinations or any other required paperwork for Wake Tech's students, faculty and staff. Students are guests at clinical sites and will not be afforded the same rights as clinical employees. Students must abide by the highest clinical standards.
NOTE: If a student is denied access to any clinical agency, the student will not be allowed to progress in the Health Sciences program and will be withdrawn. Please be advised that all Health Sciences students must maintain all health, immunization and vaccine requirements to be eligible to participate in clinical.
Without the following information properly recorded and approved, the student will be unable to attend clinical:
The following information on immunizations can also be found on the Student Annual Orientation Checklist through the Consortium for Clinical Education and Practice, which students gain access to via Moodle on the first day of class. Students can also access this prior to class via Wake AHEC.
Clinical facilities require that all Nurse Aide I students submit a criminal background check and urine drug screening. Wake Tech and the clinical facilities have designated CastleBranch as the criminal background check and drug screening provider. Wake Tech will not accept results from any company other than CastleBranch.
Students are responsible for the $116 cost of the criminal background check, drug test and medical documentation manager, and all are non-refundable.
To order a background check only: Code WM83re with $5 payment
To order a drug screen only: Code WM83dt with $44 payment
Criminal background check
The criminal background check is good for one year and must be valid throughout your entire class. All types of felony or misdemeanor convictions, pending charges and questionable histories will be reviewed by the clinical site, and admittance into the clinical setting will be determined by the facility officials.
The clinical facility's decision is final.
The following criminal histories will likely disqualify a student from participating in the clinical component:
Any student with a flagged criminal background check who has been declined by the clinical location will be contacted by a Wake Tech staff member.
The urine sample must be submitted and completed before your class goes to clinical. Be sure to note the clinical dates for your class when you register. The drug screening is good for one year and must be valid throughout your entire class.
Any student with a positive drug screen will be contacted by CastleBranch.
The following unprofessional or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may result in automatic dismissal from the program:
If dismissal occurs for any reason, a student is are not eligible for a refund.
For tests and exams, a 4-point deduction will be taken from the student's attendance grade for each partial hour or hour missed, which is 10% of theory grade. The test and exam grade will determine point credits as follows:
For each hour or partial hour missed from lab or classroom review, a 3-point deduction will be taken from the attendance grade. This deduction cannot be made up. All skills must be successfully checked off prior to entering the clinical setting.
It is the student's responsibility to submit the assigned homework in Moodle by the due date online. It is not the instructor's responsibility to ask for this work. If homework is not received by due date, a 4-point deduction will be taken from the attendance grade for each assigned homework module. If make-up work is completed by the following Sunday by 11:59 p.m., then the student will receive a 2-point credit for each module completed. If assigned homework is not received by the following Sunday by 11:59 p.m., the student will be not receive any credit. If assigned homework is not received by the third Sunday by 11:59 p.m., the student will be exited from the class and receive a grade of "NG." All modules must be completed prior to final exam day.
Unit tests – 80%
Attendance – 10%
Final Exam – 10% (must score 78 or higher)
Skills Final Exam – Pass/Fail
In order to attend clinical, the student must have an overall 78 theory average (test average x 80% + attendance average x 10% + final exam score x 10%) without the benefit of rounding, pass the Skills Final Exam, submitted all mandatory paperwork and have correctly performed all required skills in lab.
Students must show a progression in their performance to continue in the NAI program. There must be a successful check-off for each required skill and two successful check-offs for handwashing and vital signs prior to clinical. The instructor must be present the first time each NAI skill is being performed in clinical. The attainment of the required skill check-offs in lab and clinical is the student's responsibility.
Clinical and skills grade will be Pass or Fail. This grade will be based on the student's performance, professionalism and paperwork. Failure to respect the rights of patients or jeopardizing the safety of a patient will result in automatic dismissal from the program.
In compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the following standards have been established. According to the nature of the work required in nurse aide practice and the educational requirements of the nurse aide curriculum, the student must be able to meet the following:
If a Nurse Aide student believes he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodation or modifications, the college must determine, on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can be made reasonably. Standards have been developed by the Board of Directors of the Southern Council of Education for Nursing to assist Nursing Education Programs in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.
Wake Tech emergency cancellations and closings are posted on the college website, and messages are on the main phone line at 919-866-5000. Current students with a Wake Tech email are automatically registered to receive Wake Tech WARN email alerts from the college emergency alert system. Students can sign up with Wake Tech WARN to also receive phone text messages and voicemail in the event of an emergency or inclement weather situation.
Nurse Aide classes scheduled August through March will have mandatory inclement weather make-up dates built into their class schedules. In the event the college closes and an entire lab or clinical class day is missed, mandatory make-up dates will be used in the same order they are listed on the class schedule. The attendance policy for mandatory make-up dates is the same as a regular class date. If closings result in partial lab or clinical hours of class being missed, these hours will be made up by adding hours to existing class dates to make up the time.