2017-2018 Course Catalog & Student Handbook 
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2017-2018 Course Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Program Fact Sheet

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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 (2+ semesters) have been competed, the CNA course (NAST 1100) is only 1 semester.
Semester Program Begins Spring, summer, or fall; Full or part time; Day program.
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 CNA
Program Course and Corequisites for CNA

NAST 1100  and ALHS 1060  (corequisite with NAST 1100) These courses must be taken together the same semester.

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 more information, contact:

Yvonne Durrant, program director for CNA program at YDurrant@GwinnettTech.edu or 678-226-6635, Building 900, Room 3.301L
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 - $11.00
  • NAST 1100 Supply Fee - $50.00
  • Physical & Immunizations - est. $200.00 (**must be completed within the first 2 weeks of class)
  • Uniforms - ext. $30.00 - $60.00
  • Background Check & Drug Screen (through Advantage Students) - est. $75.00 - $95.00 (**must be completed within the first 2 weeks of class)
  • State Standardized Competency Exam - $112.00 - $117.00 (We will collect this and submit directly to NACES which is responsible for CNA testing through pearsonvue.com)


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