Nurse’s Aide


Course Description

Nurse’s aides work under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.  They are employed in hospitals, doctor’s office or clinics, and long term care facilities.

Nurse’s aides are an important part of the nursing care team.  In fact, nurse’s aides usually have more direct contact with patients than any other member of the health care team.  A nurse’s aide is a caring person who enjoys working with people. He or she is committed to giving patients and residents the assistance they need to be comfortable and safe in a time of need.   A successful nurse’s aide must be compassionate, respectful, attentive to details, and willing to accept supervision. In addition to these personal characteristics, a nurse’s aide must be knowledgeable in patient care skills.  Patients, families, employers, and coworkers think of you as professional.

Upon completion of this 120-hour program, students will receive a Completion of Training certificate.  Successful completion means that students have met attendance requirements, received passing grades of 80% average in classroom performance, all skills during Lab performed with 100% accuracy, an 80% Clinical Grade while involved in resident care, and have paid all fees in the business office.  To become a “Nurse  Aide,” students must pass the state exam.

Classes start every January, April and September and meet Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:15 PM.

Program Costs*

  • Registration:   $50
  • Text and workbook:   $70
  • Tuition:   $770
  • Criminal Background Check:   $0
  • Total: $890

* Costs are subject to change

Students will need to supply a navy blue uniform (scrubs), white shoes, and a watch with a second hand.


Financial Aid

The Mon Valley Career & Technology Center participates in various state and local programs to provide assistance to students of financial need. Listed below are the financial aid resources available to those who qualify.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Pittsburgh Office:  412-392-4950
  • Washington Office: 724-223-4430

Washington County Career Link

  • Washington Office: 724-223-4500
  • Donora Office: 724-379-4750

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Nurse’s Aide program, you must provide the following items:

  • Application for admission to the program
  • Acceptable Criminal History Report
  • FBI Clearance if you have not been a resident of Pennsylvania for the past two years
  • Satisfactory physical examination with two-step mantoux tuberculin skin test
  • PA Verification of Residency form  (includes one current Photo ID with signature)

When a student is paid in full their roster spot is held for their desired class session. If the required paperwork is not completed by one week before the class start date, their spot will be given to another. A refund will then be issued if desired or a spot in the next class session can be held for them.

No refund will be given after the first night of class. The registration fee is non-refundable.