Nurse Aide I Course Syllabus

The Nurse Aide curriculum requires advanced English language skills. Wake Technical Community College 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. 
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Step 1: Read the contents of this Nurse Aide I Syllabus carefully. 

Step 2: Once you have read the Nurse Aide I Syllabus, please read the Nurse Aide I Requirements page

Nurse Aide I Syllabus Content

Criminal Background
Check/Drug Screening
Class Withdrawal
Transfer Policy
Class Makeup Resources Mandatory Paperwork Grading Scale
Class/Lab Attendance Classroom/Lab Conduct Clinical Attendance Clinical Dress Code
Behavioral Requirements Reasons for Dismissal Performance Standards Forms


This course includes basic nursing skills required to provide safe, competent personal 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.

The Nurse Aide I (NA I) 168 contact hour class is a Workforce Continuing Education class; therefore students will not receive credit hours or be eligible for financial aid.

The class consists of theory and a clinical experience in the hospital or long-term care facility. The first 100 hours is in class lecture and lab. The last 68 hours consists of an 8 hour Written and Skills Final Exam, a mandatory 4-hour clinical preparation and orientation, 48 hours of clinical rotation, and a mandatory 8 hours of mock competency.

As of summer 2017, Wake Tech's Nurse Aide Department will offer Hybrid Nurse Aide I classes. Nurse Aide I Hybrid classes have 40 hours of online instruction. Students will need to use Chrome or Firefox web browsers for the 40 hours of online instruction to access Moodle, as Internet Explorer is not supported. Students will not have access to the online component of the class until after meeting in person on the first day of class. Students will meet their instructor, receive instructions about how to use Moodle and have questions answered on the first day of class. Please refer to the details section of any Hybrid class to verify all the dates that the class will meet in person. These Hybrid classes are best for students that are confident with their computer and time management skills.


Clinical facilities require that all Nurse Aide I students submit a criminal background check and urine drug screening. Wake Technical Community College 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.

Select: Nurse Aide
Order Package Code: WM83

Students are responsible for the cost of the criminal background check, drug test and medical documentation manager ($112.00) and all are non-refundable.

Criminal Background Check

The criminal background check must be submitted at the time of registration.

The criminal background check is good for 1 year and must be valid throughout your entire class.

All types of felony or misdemeanor convictions, those that are pending, and questionable histories will be reviewed by the clinical site and admittance into the clinical setting will be determined by the clinical facility.

The clinical facility decision is final.

The following criminal histories will likely disqualify a student from participating in the clinical component:

  • Any pending charges
  • Convictions/deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (Physical or sexual abuse, neglect, assault, murder, etc.)
  • Convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.)
  • Convictions/deferred adjudications related to the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
  • Registered sex offenders

Any student with a flagged criminal background check that has been declined by the clinical location will be contacted by a Wake Tech staff member.

Drug Screening

The drug screening must be ordered at the time of registration and the urine sample must be submitted a minimum of 30 days before your class goes to clinical.  Please note the clinical dates for your class when you register. 

The drug screening is good for 1 year and must be valid throughout your entire class.                                                                

 Any student with a positive drug test will be contacted by CastleBranch.

Directions for Submitting and Paying for the Criminal Background Check, Drug Test and Medical Documentation Manager:

For additional questions please call 919-747-0120.

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Many employers and lay people use the term CNA or Certified Nursing Assistant.  Nurse Aides work under the supervision of the licensed registered nurse, RN, and do not have a license.  Nurse Aides in North Carolina are regulated and listed on the Nurse Aide I Registry by the Division of Health Services Regulation, DHSR, which is part of the NC Department of Health and Human Services.   In order to become listed as a Nurse Aide I, Federal regulations require that all Nurse Aide I candidates pass a state competency exam which consists of a written and skills exam.  

Upon Successful Completion of the Program: Students may take the State Competency
Exam, given by Pearson Vue/NACES.

  • The State Exam has two parts: A 70 question written exam and five skills.
  • Registration for the State Exam is done by online registration at least 12 days prior to the exam date. Payment will be in the form of a debit or credit card.
  • The exam cost is $120 (effective 10/1/18 and not included in the NA I tuition)
  • The exam can be taken at Wake Technical Community College and is also given in Spanish.
  • Those who have successfully completed the exam will be listed as a Nurse Aide I on the NC Nurse Aide Registry.
  • For more information regarding the NC Competency Exam, visit
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Students may withdraw and receive:

  • 100% refund if the student officially withdraws from the class (by written request) before the first class meeting.
  • 75% refund if the student officially withdraws from the class (by written request) on or before the 10-percent date of scheduled hours. Community school, facility, and lab fees are non-refundable.
  • A full refund for classes canceled by the college. Students do not have to request these refunds.

Transfers are dependent on availability in the new class.

In order to receive a refund or transfer to another section, the student must email the details to:
Mary Frucelli [email protected]

Learn more about Wake Tech's Workforce Continuing Education class refund policy. 

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It is mandatory that the corresponding module's make-up work be completed and turned into instructor within 2 class periods upon return from time missed for all classes. No make-up work will be accepted during the 3rd class period after returning from time missed. Failure to turn in make-up work will result in automatic dismissal from the program and a grade of NG. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The make-up work will be graded for point credits as follows:

  • 2 points credit/hour for 95-100
  • 1 point credit/hour for 78-94
  • no credit/hour for 77 or below
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  • The student curriculum, class homework, and make-up work are located in Moodle.
  • Students will be able to log into Moodle on the first day of class. You can find information about how to login to your class in Moodle at

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Students must upload a copy of all mandatory paperwork to CastleBranch (other than noted below) prior to the mandatory paperwork deadline date for their class or they will not be eligible to attend clinical and will receive a grade of NG (No Grade). NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please allow up to 1 week for review and approval. Students will not be allowed to enter clinical until all paperwork is submitted and approved.

  • (Copy given to instructor) Copies of 2 official signature bearing ID’s, with matching names, one of which must be a US government issued, valid photo ID and the other must be a US Social Security card.  The Social Security card must be signed.  The card must NOT be laminated.
  • (Copy given to instructor) Flu shot for classes with clinical dates between October 15 and April 30.
  • Copy of CPR certification.  American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider certification is required.  Online CPR is not accepted as you must actually demonstrate CPR on a manikin in front of an instructor for your CPR certification to be accepted. Wake Technical Community College offers CPR classes.
    (See the list of available Wake Tech CPR classes.)
  • Health Insurance
  • Copy of your Wake Technical Community College photo ID.  (ID's can be obtained on any campus the first day of class)
  • Correctly completed Health Sciences Student Medical form.
    This form can be downloaded and printed at the bottom of this page.
    • Vision/Color Vision
    • Hearing
    • # 1-12 must be addressed
    • A-E must be done.  If B is Yes, the explanation must include a statement that the condition under treatment is stable or under control.
    • If C is limited, the explanation must include a statement that the student can lift 30 lbs.
    • D must be yes.
    • E must be completed with a date within 1 year of the last day of class and Yes checked.
  • Proof of the following immunizations:
    • TDAP within last 10 years
    • 2 MMR or proof of immunity (CDC requires 28 days between vaccines)
    • 2 Varicella or proof of immunity (CDC requires 28 days between vaccines)
    • 2 Negative PPD (TB) within the past 12 months. The last test must be within 1 year of the last day of the class. We will accept the QuantiFERON Gold TB Blood Test.
    • 3 Hepatitis B or sign decline waiver 
    • Flu shot for classes with clinical dates between October 15 and April 30
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8. GRADING SCALE - S=78 – 100  NG= BELOW 78

Unit Tests - 80%

  1. There are 4 unit tests each with 50 multiple choice questions.
  2. Tests must be taken with #2 pencils.  Pencils will not be provided.
  3. A Student who misses a scheduled test must schedule to take a make-up test within 2 class periods outside of scheduled class time.  Failure to arrange a time with the instructor to make-up a test within 2 class periods will result in a score of “0” for the test.
  4. All tests may be taken orally, with proof of need. At least 1 week prior notice is required.

Attendance - 10% (see Attendance Policy below)

Final Exam - 10% (MUST SCORE 78 OR BETTER)  The final exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions.  The student will be offered a final retake.

Skills Final Exam - Pass/Fail

In order to go to clinical, the student must have an overall 78 theory average (test average x 80% + attendance average x 10% + final exam score (must be 78 or better) x 10%) without the benefit of rounding, pass the Skills Final Exam and have correctly performed all required skills in lab to progress to clinical.

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 the patient will result in automatic dismissal from the program.

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  • For seated in-person classes a 4 point deduction will be taken from the student's attendance grade for each partial hour or hour missed for lecture classes, which is 10% of theory grade.
  • For each hour or partial hour missed from lab, a 3 point deduction will be taken from attendance. This deduction cannot be made up. All skills must be successfully checked off prior to entering the clinical setting.
  • Students will be considered tardy 1 minute after the seated in-person class or lab starts.
  • Dismissal from the program and a grade of NG will result if a student accumulates more than 8 hours of lab absences.
  • Absences will not be considered “excused“ or “unexcused”.  Failure to be in a seated in-person class, lab, or clinical for any reason is considered an absence.  It is your responsibility to complete the seated in-person classroom make-up work within 2 class periods. It is not the instructor’s responsibility to ask for make-up work.
  • The student must complete both components (theory and clinical) of the class.  There are no provisions to retake either component or transfer to another section for either component.  Failure of either component will result in a grade of “NG” and the student will be required to re-register and repay to repeat the entire class.



Wake Technical Community College emergency cancellations and closings are posted on the college web page and messages are on the main phone line 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 also sign up with Wake Tech Warn to receive phone text messages and voice mail in the event of an emergency or inclement weather situation.

Nurse Aide classes scheduled in December, January, February and March will have mandatory inclement weather makeup dates built into their class schedules. In the event the college closes and an entire class is missed, mandatory makeup dates will be used in the same order they are listed on the class schedule. The attendance policy for mandatory makeup dates is the same as a regular class date. If closings result in partial hours of class being missed, these hours will be made up by adding hours to existing class dates to make up the time.

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  • The student is expected to behave in a mature manner.  Class or lab disruption will result in dismissal for the day or dismissal from the program.
  • Students must dress modestly, professionally, and this dress code will be enforced. Wearing hats, extremely tight revealing shirts, shorts or skirts are not allowed. The instructor reserves the right to have you leave class to change your appearance.
  • Every student is expected to participate in all lab activities. Inability to correctly participate in lab for any reason will result in dismissal for the day or dismissal from the program.
  • At the end of the lab session, all students are required to clean the lab and return all materials to their proper places or receive deductions from their attendance grade.
  • Fingernails must be clean and short to participate in lab or the student will receive deductions from their attendance grade.
  • No chewing gum, eating and/or drinking in the class or lab.
  • No use of cell phones or other electrical/musical devices. The result of using these devices in the classroom and/or lab will be a deduction from the student’s attendance grade.
  • No children allowed on campus.
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  • A 4 hour mandatory clinical preparation orientation is scheduled at the beginning of the clinical component.
  • An 8 hour mandatory mock competency is scheduled at the end of clinical.
  • Students are expected to be at the assigned clinical site ready to begin work at the beginning of the clinical day. If the student arrives at clinical and is not prepared to begin work 1 minute after the scheduled clinical start time, they will be considered tardy.
  • Tardiness or any early departures in excess of two episodes will equate to 4 hours of clinical absence.
  • If a student needs to be absent during the clinical component, they must notify the instructor within 24 hours prior to clinical. Failure to correctly notify the instructor of an absence will result in automatic dismissal from the program and a grade of "NG" will be given.
  • Students cannot leave the clinical facility for any reason without approval from the instructor.
  • Dismissal from the program and a grade of NG will result if the student has more than 8 hours of clinical absences.
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  1. Tops/pants – neat, clean, wrinkle free navy blue scrub.  A solid white or navy blue shirt may be worn under the scrub top.  Pants must fit at the natural waist and be long enough to cover the ankle.
  2. Shoes - BLACK, non-canvas, closed toe, closed heel
  3. Socks/Hose - black (no portion of the leg or ankle should be visible)
  4. Hair - must be of natural color, neat, clean, and modestly arranged so not to touch the collar 
  5. Make-up - must be kept to a minimum.  Perfumes, colognes are not allowed 
  6. Nails - must be short, clean, and free of any nail polish or artificial covering of any type
  7. Tattoos - must be covered 
  8. Jewelry - watch, med.-alert necklace/bracelet, a modest single ring, and a single pair of post earrings in the ears are the only visible jewelry allowed
  9. Equipment needed – watch with a second hand, stethoscope, Wake Technical Community College photo ID, black pen
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The following unprofessional or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may result in automatic dismissal from the program:

  • Disrespectful, interruptive, disruptive, impatient behavior toward the instructors, fellow students, staff, or clinical staff.
  • Inappropriate reaction at any time.
  • If the instructor suspects you are a safety risk in clinical due to a student physical or behavior action or issue.
  • Cheating, suspected of alcohol or drug use on campus or before class.
  • Fighting or the use of profanity or demonstrating an attitude that would frighten a patient such as loud, raised, angry voices.
  • If dismissal occurs for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund.
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  • Cheating, forgery, and plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in automatic dismissal.
  • Not submitting make-up work for seated in-person class time missed within 2 class periods of returning from time missed.
  • More than 8 hours of lab absences.
  • Absence from Mandatory Clinical Preparation and Orientation.
  • More than 8 hours of clinical absences.
  • Failure to submit correctly completed mandatory paperwork by the deadline.
  • Failure to score 78 or better on the final exam or final exam retake.
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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:


Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Collect data. Explain treatment procedures. Document and interpret nurse aide actions and patient and family responses.



Some Examples of Necessary Behaviors
(not all inclusive)

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.   Identify cause and effect relationship in clinical situations; follow nursing care plans/care maps.
Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.   Establish rapport with patients, families, and colleagues.
Physical abilities sufficient to move from room and maneuver in small spaces.   Moves around in patient’s rooms, workspaces and treatment areas; administer cardio-pulmonary procedures; able to lift/maneuver 30 pounds.
Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective nurse aide care.   Move, calibrate, use equipment and supplies; lift, transfer, and position mobile and immobile patients.
Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.   Hears monitor alarm, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds, cries for help.
Visual ability sufficient for physical observation, performance of nurse aide procedures and maintenance of environmental safety.   Observes patient responses, such as skin color, facial expression. Monitors vital signs. Reads records.
Tactile ability sufficient for physical observation and performance of nurse aide procedures.   Perform nurse aide procedures.
Emotional stability and mental alertness in performing patient care.   Maintaining a calm and efficient manner in high stress/pressure situations with patients, staff, supervisors and colleagues.

If a nurse aide student believes that 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.

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Please print the following form to be used for your physical exam:

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If you have any questions or concerns about the Nurse Aide I Syllabus and the orientation or registration process, please email [email protected] or call 919-747-0120.
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