Nursing Assistant FAQ
Wake Technical Community College is currently offering Nursing Assistant courses through the Continuing Education department only. The following are some Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Nursing Assistant program.
- How do I become a certified Nursing Assistant? You will need to successfully complete a state-approved nurse aide training and competency evaluation program. After completing the program, you can be listed with the Division of Facility Services (DFS) as a Certified Nursing Assistant I.
- What is the difference between the NAI and Nursing Assistant II (NAII)? NAI tasks include bathing, skin/hair/nail care, and turning/positioning a patient. The NAII can perform certain sterile procedures such as insertion of foley catheters, tracheostomy care, tube feedings, removal of fecal impaction, oxygen therapy, and nasopharyngeal suctioning. The NC Board of Nursing has a information about Nurse Aide II tasks.
- How long is the NAI and NAII listing good for? The NAI and NAII listings remain valid as long as the NA works at least 8 hours in a 24 month period under the direct supervision of a RN.
- What can I do if my NAI listing expires? Wake Technical Community College offers a refresher class through the continuing education division entitled Certified Nursing Assistant I refresher.
- Is the NAI and NAII listing valid in other states? The NAI listing may be accepted in other states, but not always. This is state specific. NC requires those with a valid listing from other states to take a NC approved competency exam, which is offered through the continuing education NAI refresher class. NC is the only state with the NAII listing.
- What equipment will I need to have or purchase? The student will need a completed Wake Technical Community College medical form, valid adult/healthcare CPR, dark blue scrub uniform, white non-canvas closed toe/heel shoes, white socks/hose, watch with a sweeping second hand, and a stethoscope.
- I want to take the Nursing Assistant I class. What do I do? At this time, the Nursing Assistant I is only being offered through the Continuing Education department. You can reach them at (919) 866-5800 for a current listing of their classes.
Wake Technical Community College is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants or students based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap.