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Nursing Assistant I: NAS 101 Certificate Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this course?

If you plan to pursue a career in a healthcare field, the Certificate in Nursing Assistant is a prerequisite for entry into numerous healthcare majors such as Nursing, Physician’s Assistant, Radiography and Sonography. This course leads to college credits.

What are the requirements for taking this course?

Students must be high school graduates, high school equivalency graduates, or be enrolled in the Career and College Promise program. Prior to enrolling in this course, students must take the College’s placement tests in reading, writing, and math; must attend a ConnectSession (orientation for new Durham Tech students); and attend a mandatory Nursing Assistant Pathway orientation (for admitted students).

All students must undergo a Criminal Background Check, have a negative TB skin test (or chest x-ray), and proof of Hepatitis immunity through vaccination or by signing a declination form.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is $475 (Tuition is subject to change by the NC General Assembly).

Additional costs of approximately $285 includes books, uniform, Criminal Background Check, TB skin test, watch, stethoscope, insurance fee, transfer belt, blood pressure cuff and State Testing fee.

The combined estimated total cost is $760.

Is this certificate program financial aid eligible?

No. Students who apply for the Nursing Assistant Certificate are not eligible for financial aid since a program must be at least 16 hours to be eligible for financial aid.

How do I register for this course?

Students interested in the Nursing Assistant Certificate Program must meet all college general admission requirements. Students must attend a ConnectSession (orientation) and meet with an academic advisor prior to registration. Registration is completed online. Payment is due at the time of registration and according to payment deadlines. View the enrollment steps.

Do I have to take all 14 credits to become a Nursing Assistant I?

No. After completing NAS 101, you will be eligible to take the State Certification exam to become a CNA I.

What other courses are included in the certification program?

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the certificate program includes Nursing Assistant I (NAS 101) Nursing Assistant II (NAS 102) and Home Health Care (NAS 103).

Criminal Background Check

Durham Tech encourages students to complete the criminal background check one week prior to the first day of class.  Students are required to use the contracted vendor (FirstPoint). The cost of the background check is $28. Students may access the application at Use the drop down box to select as follows:

  • Durham Tech, then;
  • Nursing Assistant;
  • Enter your personal information;
  • Select your payment method; and
  • Submit

Proof of the following immunizations:

  • a. Negative Tuberculin skin test or negative chest x-ray within 6 months of first day of class ($15-$30);
  • b. Hepatitis B vaccine or completed vaccine declination form on file;
  • c. Childhood chicken pox or copy of titer stating immune status (depending on clinical site); and
  • d. Student may be required to have influenza vaccine based on season.

What is the deadline for completion of the background investigation?

Students entering a Nursing Assistant class are asked to begin the background check process one week prior to the first day of class. Students will need to bring a copy of their receipts from FirstPoint Resources.

Who will see the results of my background investigation?

Durham Technical Community College does NOT receive the specifics of a denial.The investigation/screening results are forwarded from Firstpoint to the healthcare facility designated as the student’s clinical site. Durham Technical Community College will be notified by the healthcare facility if the facility elects to deny the student access based on the results of the investigation. The Program Coordinator/ Director will notify the student and the course instructor. The student will not be eligible to continue with the program, or participate with mock testing.

What types of criminal offenses will exclude me from clinical rotation?

Durham Technical Community College is not given a list of offenses that may prevent a student from attending a clinical facility. Healthcare facilities typically use the same criteria for allowing students to participate in clinical rotations as they do for hiring employees. Consequently, they will take into account the nature of the offense(s), the frequency of offense(s), the time that has elapsed since the occurrence and the relationship the offense has to the role of the student. Simply having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify a student from a clinical experience; each student’s background investigation is evaluated independently and a decision is made based on the above criteria.

Is there an appeal process if I am denied access to a clinical facility based on my background investigation?

No. The decision regarding clinical eligibility is solely the decision of the facility.

What is the Durham Technical Community College refund policy if I am denied the opportunity to attend clinical?

If a decision that will prevent the student from attending clinical is made after the class has met 10 percent of its scheduled time (i.e. 3 days for NAI students), the student will not be eligible for a refund.