Nurse Aide (CN21)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The Nurse Aide Technical Certificate of Credit is a state-approved program which offers training to candidates that desire to become eligible for certification as a certified nurse aide (CNA). The program prepares students with classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences necessary to work in all health care facilities (e.g. nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, home health, etc.). The standard curriculum for the Nurse Aide Certificate program is designed for the semester system. The program can usually be completed in one (1) semester during the daytime, but generally takes two (2) semesters (terms) to complete at night. To graduate, students must earn 13 credit hours.

*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts:
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires all colleges to notify students and prospective students of all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses. Most of these requirements must be completed prior to the beginning of clinical or laboratory activities.

The cost ranges are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition / Fees: $1,349
  • Textbooks: $521
  • Graduation Application Fee: $35 (if student participates); Print diploma fee: $20
  • Uniform Costs (varies) Uniform Patch Fee: $5.00- Purchased from bookstore or Meridy‚Äôs Uniforms
  • Background check & drug screen (approximately $85)
    • Clinical background checks are mandated for all nursing facilities as stated in Georgia Code Title 31-7-350-353. Adverse information on criminal background checks does hinder an individual from participating in clinical and obtaining employment.
  • Respiratory N95 Mask: $20
  • Liability Insurance: $12 per year
  • Immunizations/Laboratory Tests
    • Tuberculin Skin Test (TST)/PPD - Two-step: $25 per step
    • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: $25

The Nurse Aide program is approved by the State of Georgia. The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) designates Alliant/GMCF to ensure approved Nurse Aide training programs are in compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations as stated in 42CFR483.150-158 and with State guidelines. Alliant/GMCF, 1455 Lincoln Parkway East, Suite 800, Atlanta, Georgia 30346, (678) 527-3010 or (800) 414-4358.

Curriculum Outline (13 hours)
Occupational Courses (13 hours) 13
ALHS 1040

(Prerequisite: Provisional Admission) Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens. A $20 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of CPR/first aid card and training.

ALHS 1060

(Prerequisite: Program Admission) A study of the nutritional needs of the individual. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education.

ALHS 1090

(Prerequisite: Provisional Admission) Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

NAST 1100

(Prerequisite/Co-requisites: ALHS 1040, ALHS 1090, ALHS 1060) Introduces student to the role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrating knowledge of the location and function of human body systems and common disease processes; responding to and reporting changes in a residents /patients condition, nutrition, vital signs; nutrition and diet therapy; disease processes; vital signs; observing, reporting and documenting changes in a residents condition; emergency concerns; ethics and legal issues and governmental agencies that influence the care of the elderly in long term care settings; mental health and psychosocial well-being of the elderly; use and care of mechanical devices and equipment; communication and interpersonal skills and hands-on skills competency based on federal guidelines. Specific topics include: roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide; communication and interpersonal skills; topography, structure, and function of the body systems; injury prevention and emergency preparedness; residents rights; basic patient care skills; personal care skills; and restorative care.


Associate of Science in Nursing Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 732


Director, Associate of Science in Nursing and Practical Nursing
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 724


Nurse Aide Instructor
Swainsboro Campus - Building 8, Office 8106/8104


Associate of Science In Nursing Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 707


Associate of Science in Nursing Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 715

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