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Nurse Aide

Working under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse, a nurse aide provides quality nursing care to patients, residents, clients, and customers of all ages in a variety of settings, including private homes, assisted living, hospice, hospitals and community-based long-term care facilities.
Group of CNA graduates in front of the administration building

Upcoming Nurse Aide Program Start Dates:
June 3, 2024
(Application Deadline – April 18, 2024)
July 29, 2024
(Application Deadline – June 13, 2024)
September 16, 2024
(Application Deadline – July 25, 2024)

As an integral part of the healthcare team, the nurse aide performs a variety of functions including, but not limited to: bedside care, vital signs assessment, feeding residents and recording their food and liquid intake, helping with medical procedures, and assisting residents to maintain as much independence as possible. Nurse aides must be respectful and compassionate and enjoy helping others as they interact with residents regularly, get to know them personally and build strong relationships with them and their families. Please review these instructions before applying.


In addition to the traditional student model, RCHC has collaborated with Riverside Health System’s Lifelong Health Division to offer an “Earn-and-Learn” option for their Nurse Aide Program. Candidates for the “Earn-and-Learn” option are hired as Hospitality Assistants and paid to complete the RCHC-Nurse Aide program with no tuition cost. Graduates transition into RHS-LLH Nurse Aide roles upon passing their certification exam and successful orientation.

If you are interested in participating in the RHS-RCHC Nurse Aide Program “Earn-and-Learn” option, please visit the RHS Careers page and search for “Hospitality Assistant” or contact the Talent Acquisition team at 757-534-5627.

Prospective students seeking to apply for the traditional student option, without the “Earn-and-Learn” work commitment, may apply directly to the Nurse Aide Program by clicking the “Apply” link below. The RCHC traditional Nurse Aide program is still available as an out-of-pocket option.

Riverside is proud to offer:

  • Programs leading to a Nurse Aide Certificate and eligibility for certification as a Certified Nurse Aide
  • Full-time Day option consisting of six weeks available on the Newport News campus; occasional evening or weekend hours may be required
  • Theoretical instruction integrated with laboratory simulations and clinical experience
  • Hands-on clinical experience in our modern medical center and a variety of affiliated clinical sites
  • Associated with Riverside Health System Career planning services for current students and alumni

Prerequisite College Courses/Credits

  • None

Preadmission Testing Requirements

  • None

Other Requirements

  • The applicant must graduate from an accredited U.S. high school with a GPA of 2.0 or higher or have earned a high school equivalency (GED) certificate.
  • High School seniors may be eligible to apply.

Class Times

Day Division

  • Approximately 6 weeks
  • Hours vary Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Occasional evening & weekend hours may be required

Evening/Weekend Division

  • Approximately 10 weeks
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 5 - 10 p.m.
  • Every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday, hours vary 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Occasional daytime hours may be required during the week

Nurse Aide Education

  • Academic Instructional: 72 Hours
  • Clinical Skills Lab Instructional: 42 Hours
  • Clinical Experience: 50 Hours

Nurse Aide Capstone

  • Academic Instructional: 4 Hours
  • Clinical Skills Lab Instructional: 6 Hours


  • Virginia Board of Nursing Perimeter Center
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
    Henrico, VA 23233-1463


  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.
    101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building
    Richmond, VA 23219


  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 730
    North Bethesda, MD 20852


Total Tuition: $700

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $40 (optional)
  • Uniform & Shoe Estimate: $60
  • Credentialing Estimate: $140

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Visit our step-by-step application page to view program requirements and start your application TODAY!

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