Nurse Aide

Program Overview

The Nurse Aide Technical Certificate of Credit prepares students with classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences necessary to care for patients in various settings including general medical and surgical hospitals, nursing care facilities, community care facilities for the elderly, and home health care services.  Students who successfully complete the Nurse Aide Technical Certificate of Credit may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment program (NNAAP) which determines competency to become enrolled in the State nurse aide registry.

Students enrolled in the Nurse Aide Technical Certificate of Credit may be required to successfully pass both criminal background checks and drug screening procedures to participate in clinical experiences with patients in licensed facilities.

Students are accepted into the Nurse Aide certificate program every semester. A  student can complete this program in 2 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 13 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the  Nurse Aide certificate program must have good work ethics, be people oriented and possess great organizational skills.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Jefferson County Center
  • Little Ocmulgee Instructional Center

Salary Potential

$15,000.00 – $20,404.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $1,962.00
Books & Supplies:  $225.00
Uniform & Supplies:  $300.00

Additional Fees

Malpractice Insurance:  $11.00
Drug Screen:  $42.00
Criminal Background Check:  $49.50
BLS for Healthcare Provider:  $7.00
Nurse Aide Certification Test:  $112.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the approved programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the Nurse Aide certificate program would be ideal candidates for a job as a nursing assistant in a nursing home, hospital, home health care, or hospice.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.



Course Overview

  • ALHS1040Introduction to Health Care3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ALHS1060Diet and Nutrition for Allied Health Sciences2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • ALHS1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • NAST1100Nurse Aide Fundamentals6 credit hours135 contact hours