Nurse Aide I

Nurse Aide Program (CNA)


Call the Health Occupations Office to be placed on a Call List to register for a CNA Class
You will receive a call to register in the order your name appears on the Call List

It is very important that you respond promptly when you are called about registration. Please ensure that your voicemail has space. Due to an extensive list of names for this course and limited availability classes fill quickly.

*Students must be 16 1/2 years of age to begin the Nurse Aide I Course. Other course eligibility requirements and fees may apply


You Must Schedule An Appointment To Register
Walk-ins Will Not Be Allowed To Register

Call the Health Occupations Office
for further registration information and to have your name placed on the Call List
(828) 398-7878

or email:


Please note there are positions available for full-time and part-time Nurse Aide Instructors. Click on the link for more information and to apply today.

In-facility Testing now is available for All A-B Tech Nurse Aide Classes! State Test Last Quarter is 93%! Congratulations Nurse Aide Students!

These state testing opportunities are scheduled for each class. Also available is the opportunity to take paper written tests along with the skills tests. As an added perk to taking a class at AB Tech, we will assist you with signing up for your exam. We still offer Regional Nurse Aide Testing Dates each month in addition to the In-facility Test Dates.


Open Skills Labs With Instructors

Every Thursday and occasionally on Fridays in preparation for the Credentia North Carolina Nurse Aide I Skills Evaluation examination, all A-B Tech students that have completed either the Nurse Aide I or Nurse Aide Refresher can practice with the guidance of an instructor in a nurse aide lab. Call (828) 398-7878 for time and lab number. This is a "no-cost" for graduates of our NA programs.

Course Description

Upon satisfactory completion of the Nurse Aide Course including skills competency evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for testing as a Nurse Aide I by the North Carolina Division of Facility Services to be listed as a Certified Nurse Aide.

This is short-term training that prepares individuals to work as caregivers in a health care setting, such as in a nursing home, hospital, or home health care.

Students are required to participate in a mandatory orientation prior to beginning the Nurse Aide I class. This will be added to the beginning of the course.

  • 160 hours of Class/Lab/Clinical instruction
  • Taught by a Registered Nurse
  • Approved by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation
  • CPR-BLS certification from an AHA instructor as part of the class for a $10 card fee.

This 12-hour required course will focus on job-seeking skills such as applications, resume building, and interviewing as well as job-keeping skills of communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. Additionally, there will be learning activities to promote academic and clinical success as an NAI student along with what to expect as a Nurse Aide I.

Students must register in person for NA I classes. To Register call the Health Occupations phone line at (828) 398-7878 to make an appointment. If there is no answer, leave your name and phone number, and a member of our team will return your call. The Health Occupations office is located in the Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development (10 Genevieve Circle), Room 308.1 on the Asheville Main Campus.

The following documents must be present at the time of registration – no exceptions. Your spot will only be secured once payment is made.

Notice - Nurse Aide I classes have returned to our local clinical sites! Students will be required to complete a background check and drug screening 2-3 weeks prior to starting clinicals.

You will need to provide documentation for the following immunizations and vaccinations

  1. Tuberculin (TB) Test – Negative results of TB skin tests within the last 12 months — OR — TB Symptom Screening Questionnaire — OR — Negative results of 1 serum blood test (Quantiferon, T. Spot (IGRA) within the last 12 months — OR — Negative chest x-ray within the past 5 years for students who have a history of positive skin tests with written evaluation by a healthcare provider for signs and symptoms within the last 12 months if the x-ray is over 1 year old
  2. COVID Vaccine – 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or fill out a Medical or Religious exemption request form.
  3. A non-expired, government-issued picture ID, such as a U.S. driver’s license or a U.S. passport
  4. A Social Security Card must be presented at registration. Make sure your name on your Social Security Card and non-expired, government-issued picture ID match.
  5. High School Diploma/GED or transcripts stating that they have graduated from High School. A completed Bachelor's or Master's Degree will also be acceptable. If unable to provide any of the mentioned documents a free reading test will be required. Call the Health Occupations office for directions on how to schedule a reading test at (828) 398-7878.

Registration Fees

  • The registration fee varies from $232.00 - $242.00 depending on the location of the NA I class. (Registration fee includes: Tuition, Supply Fee, Insurance, Technology fee, and CAPS fee )
  • Payment Options:
    • Students should bring in the exact amount if paying with cash
    • Write a check to A-B Tech for the exact amount
    • Bring written authorization for payment from your organizational sponsor or the employer who will pay for your class
    • Students may also pay with American Express, Master Card, or VISA

Due to the demand of the Nurse Assistant classes, minors (those between 16 and a half-18 years of age), will be admitted to class per college policy. Exceptions may be made for minors with a High School Diploma or GED at the time of the class. For further information please contact the Health Occupations office at (828) 398-7878.

Finally, be sure you bring all the required documents with you when you come for your scheduled appointment.

If you have any questions regarding these registration procedures, please call (828) 398-7878 (Asheville Campus classes) or (828) 398-7700 (Sherri Davis for Madison County classes).

Textbook, Workbook, and Handbook are available at A-B Tech's bookstore located at the K. Ray Bailey building.

  1. Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care, by Susan Alvare Hedman, Jetta Fuzy, RN, MS, and Suzanne Rrymer, MSTE, RN-BC, LSW, 5th Edition, Hartman Publishing, Inc. 2018.
  2. Workbook: Hartman's Nursing Care Assistant Care: Long-Term Care, by Hartman Publishing, Inc., 5th Edition.
  3. Handbook, Modules for A-B Tech's CNAI class


Bookstore Hours

  • Monday – Thursday
    • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday
    • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following costs are approximate and may change without notice:

Registration Fee

  • Tuition: $180.00
  • Insurance: $2.00
  • Supply Fee: $50.00
  • Technology Fee*: $5.00 (charged for classes at A-B Tech campuses only)
  • CAPS Fee*: $5.00 (charged for classes at A-B Tech campuses only)

Total Registration Fee: $232.00 - $242.00


  • Textbooks: $95.00
  • Student Handbook: $19.00


  • CPR Card: $10.00 (AHA)

Registry Exam Fee

  • NACES Registry Exam: $140.00

    The exam fee is payable by credit/debit only to Credentia.

Uniform Costs

  • Ceil Blue Scrubs Top and Bottom: Approx. $40.00
  • Scrubs are available for purchase at Read's uniforms or other uniform outlets throughout the city.
  • Solid-colored sneakers, tennis shoes, or uniform shoes should be worn with the Ceil Blue Scrubs.
  • You will be required to wear the Ceil Blue Scrubs during lecture/lab/clinical classes.

You will be required to wear the Ceil Blue Scrubs during lab/clinical classes.

Financial Assistance and Continuing Education Scholarships may be available to you.

  • In order to take the Nurse Aide State Exam, you will need to have a United States Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration. This must be the actual card, not a photocopy. If you do not have your original card, you can apply for a duplicate at the Social Security Administration Office which is located off Chunns Cove Road in the Center Park Office Complex on Piney Mountain Road. This card cannot be laminated. The name on your picture ID and the social security card must match.
  • All classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Attendance for orientation is required.
  • Attendance for all class days is mandatory, so please check your schedule to make sure you can attend classes as scheduled.
  • Class dates are subject to change so please call the NA Office at (828) 398-7878 to confirm class availability.

Day Classes (160 hours)

  • Three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; or Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Class Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Lab Classroom Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Clinical Classroom Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Evening Classes (160 hours)

  • Two evenings or Three evenings per week
  • Class Hours: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Lab Classroom Hours: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Clinical Classroom Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (3 Saturdays)