Certified Nurse Aide

This class will provide the necessary information and skills to prepare the student to become a state certified nurse aide and work in health care facilities, where he/she will assist nurses in providing patient care.  Nurse aides perform basic care functions such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patients’ vital signs under the supervision of a Licensed Vocational Nurse or a Registered Nurse. They work in many types of health care facilities, including hospitals, long‐term care facilities, home health agencies, community health clinics, hospices, and physicians’ offices.

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Degrees & Certificates

Upon successful completion of the Texas Nurse Aide Training program and the state examination, the student becomes a Texas Certified Nurse Aide. Texas Certified Nurse Aides are under the jurisdiction of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP).

Program Information

Admission Requirements

Individuals must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Has earned a high school diploma, GED, or High School Equivalence Certificate.
  • Be a minimum of 18 years old.
  • Has a photo ID and a social security card.
  • Be willing to complete a criminal history background check (individuals with any infractions that would prohibit state certification will not be admitted into the program).
  • Be willing to provide evidence of required immunizations (Tuberculosis skin test, flu shot, Hepatitis B series Vaccine, Tetanus, 2 Measles, Rubella, 1 Mumps, and 2 Varicella, or positive titer).
  • Provide proof of completion of the CPR Course for Healthcare Providers, must meet the requirements of the American Heart Association (available through BCE).
  • Before the beginning of the externship, students must:
    • Be willing to provide the results from a drug screening test (wait on the instructor to request before completing).
  • Is not listed on the Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) as unemployable.*

*Temple College is required to check the Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) before enrolling individuals in a training program to ensure that those persons are not listed on the registry as unemployable for a finding of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property.

Application Procedure

The Certified Nurse Aid course is offered three times a year and each class size is limited to the first 10 students who have completed the application process.

The completed application packet and all required documentation must be dropped off in person at the BCE Registration Office.

Please Remember

  • Only complete applications are accepted
  • Create a Castlebranch account and pay a $38, non-refundable fee for the electronic compliance tracker.
  • At registration, be prepared to pay $40 with a credit card or debit card for an online background check.
  • At registration, be prepared to pay for the course

   Application Packet

Tuition & Payment Options

Total Cost: $1,295 (includes textbooks, supplies, drug screen, and certification exam voucher)

Payment  Plan: $1,325 Total Cost (includes $30 one-time payment plan fee)

The first payment of $463 is due at the time of registration and includes the one-time $30 fee. Bi-weekly payments of $431 are due beginning two weeks after the first payment. Cash payments cannot be used to set up payment plans; payment plans are set up online. Checking and routing information is preferred.  Credit and debit card payments are accepted but additional fees apply.

Financial Aid: TPEG Eligible students may receive financial aid for 50% of the tuition based on the availability of funds. Apply at www.fafsa.edu.gov.
The first payment will be required at registration.

Scholarship: Students may be eligible for the Direct Your Destiny (DYD) Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Scholarship. For more information see Financial Assistance.

Loans: Student loans may be available through Sallie Mae’s Smart Option Student Loan.  Call 1-866-439-0993 for more information.

Additional Program Costs
Supplies Watch with a secondhand
Comfortable closed-toe and heel, mostly white or black shoes (no Crocs or bright colors)
Next Start Date

Class begins: June 03, 2023
Registration begins April 03, 2023

Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Starting pay averages $10 an hour

*U.S. Department of Labor