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Nurse Aide Certificate

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

Nurse Aide

5 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program provides students with entry-level skills required for employment as a nurse’s aide in a long-term care facility, an acute care facility or a home health care agency. Not all of the patients a nurse aide cares for are elderly, but the special needs of the geriatric population are an emphasis of the Nurse Aide training program at FRCC.

Earning a certificate in Nurse Aide from FRCC qualifies you to take the State Certification Examination to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). Graduates of our program have a pass rate on the state exam of 93 percent. This outstanding pass rate is an indication of the quality and rigor of the program.

Nurse Aide certificate: See required courses.

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Offered at Larimer and Westminster Campuses only.

Nurse Aide Salaries

Entry Average Experienced
Nurse Aide $22,582 $28,117 $30,885

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2013)

Background Check & Illegal Behaviors

The Nurse Aide Training Program requires students to submit and pass a specific background check through Certified Background. The background check must be passed prior to the NUA 170 Clinical, and is not included in the student's tuition. Students are encouraged to submit the background check prior to registering for NUA 101 & 170 classes. The State Exam Application to be certified as a C.N.A. requires the student report any previous criminal/illegal behaviors. Illegal behaviors that may make students ineligible for the clinical or to become certified as a C.N.A. include, but are not limited to: physical abuse and domestic violence, theft, illegal use of weapons, or illegal use or possession of controlled substances. Students are required to have immunizations to meet federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. Contact your campus' Nurse Aide Office for more information.

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