2019-2020 Course Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 27, 2020  
2019-2020 Course Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program Fact Sheet

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides direct patient care by taking vital signs, obtaining lab specimens, assisting with activities of daily living, and observing and charting patient information. Graduates may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment program (NNAAP) which determines competency to become enrolled in the State Nurse Aide Registry and, if successful on the exam, receive a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certificate. With the CNA credential, students can obtain an entry level health care position as certified nursing assistant, nurse aide, nurse assistant, geriatric aide, or hospital attendant.

Length of Program

Once all pre-requisites (1+ semesters) have been completed, the CNA course (NAST 1100) is only 1 semester.
NAST 1100 will be offered during TERM C for spring and fall semester.

Semester Program Begins

Alpharetta campus: Spring and fall, prerequisite courses will be offered in TERM B and NAST 1100 will be offered in TERM C. (CNA certificate completed in 1+ semester)

Lawrenceville campus: Spring, summer, or fall; Full or part time; Day program. (CNA certificate completed in 2+ semesters)

Application Process

Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at GwinnettTech.edu

Students must be enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

CNA Certificate Courses

Prerequisites for NAST 1100 course

Program Course and Corequisites for CNA

A current BLS-C Healthcare Provider card is required prior to this class. Class size is limited, so only those who have completed and passed all prerequisite classes with a grade of “C” or better will be considered for selection.

Program Deadlines All application steps must be completed by the term deadline for the semester in which you wish to begin the program. For specific dates, see the academic calendar at GwinnettTech.edu.
Program Requirements Within the first two weeks of the NAST 1100 course, students will be required to provide evidence of standard immunizations, a background of check, and a drug screen at their own expense. Positive background checks or drug screens may prevent students from completing the clinical component of NAST 1100, resulting in failure of the course. For programs of study that have a clinical/lab component, the minimum age for admission must be at least 18 years of age.
For more information, contact:

Angela Williams, program support specialist, AWilliams@GwinnettTech.edu or 678.226.6729, Building 900

For admission and enrollment, contact: Enrollment Support Center in Building 100 at the Lawrenceville campus, or Building A at the Alpharetta-North Fulton campus, or email HealthTeam@GwinnettTech.edu.
Additional Approximated Costs Associated with NAST 1100 Course

All costs are approximated and are subject to change and will be at the student’s own expense. This does not include tuition and registration related fees charged by Gwinnett Technical College. Tuition cost can be calculated at Fees and Expenses.

  • Liability Insurance - $10
  • NAST 1100 Supply Fee - $50
  • Physical & Immunizations - est. $200 (**must be completed within the first 2 weeks of class)
  • Uniforms - ext. $30 - $60
  • Background Check & Drug Screen (through Advantage Students) - est. $90 (**must be completed within the first 2 weeks of class)
  • State Standardized Competency Exam - $112 - $117
  • CPR card - $57 
Information Sessions
Lawrenceville Campus: Last Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Alpharetta-North Fulton Campus: Last Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The Gwinnett Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Lisa Richardson, Section 504/ADA, Title IX and Equity Coordinator, Building 100, Room 708, 678.226.6691, LRichardson@GwinnettTech.edu