Program Overview

Nurse Aide - Diploma

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* This program is financial aid eligible.
This curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in the Health Sciences.

Students will complete general education courses that provide a foundation for success in nursing and allied health curricula. Students may select a career pathway that will prepare them for an entry level position in health care. Courses may also provide foundational knowledge needed in the pursuit of advanced health science degrees or programs.

Graduates should qualify for an entry-level job associated with the program major such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), Medical Assistant, Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, or Massage Therapist dependent upon the selected program major.

Nurse Aide Description: The Nurse Aide curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of licensed nursing professionals in performing nursing care and services for persons of all ages. Topics include growth and development, personal care, vital signs, communication, nutrition, medical asepsis, therapeutic activities, accident and fire safety, household environment and equipment management, family resources and services, and employment skills. Upon completion, the student may be eligible for listing as a Nurse Aide I and other selected Nurse Aide registries as determined by the local program of study.

Use the button below to apply to Durham Tech following the Health Technologies Enrollment Steps.

Students who do not plan to pursue further nursing degrees may prefer a noncredit Nurse Aide program. Durham Tech offers a Nurse Aide I program through Continuing Education. Learn more about the Nurse Aide I course options.

If you have questions about admissions requirements after reviewing the information, you may contact Donna Alston

Spring Application Deadline is Oct 15

Estimated Tuition & Fees


Degree Type



Orange County Campus

Credit Hours


Program Stats

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Average Salary

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Average Class Size


Estimated Completion Time

10 months

Current and Upcoming Course Offerings

Course Number Title Credit Hours
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
PSY-241 Developmental Psychology 3
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“The Nurse Aide Program is really fun and hands-on. The labs are great, the teachers are really helpful and there are so many resources available to us. I feel like once it’s time for me to step out into the field, I’ll have a really good idea understanding of what to do.”

—Kimani Spruill