Certified Nurse Aide

Our Certified Nurse Aide program gives students the skills and knowledge to become state-certified nurse aides. Nurse aides work in various healthcare facilities such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, community health clinics, and private clinics. Under the supervision of a Licensed Vocational Nurse or Registered Nurse, you will perform basic care functions such as bathing, grooming, feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. This course meets for 108 hours of in-person instruction.

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Degrees & Certificates

Texas Certified Nurse Aides are under the jurisdiction of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Upon successful completion of the Texas Nurse Aide Training program, students are eligible to sit for the Texas Certified Nurse Aide state examination.

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, covid-19 vaccine 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.

Please Remember

  • Only complete applications are accepted
  • Create a Castlebranch account and pay a $78, non-refundable fee for the Background Check and Compliance Tracker.
  • At registration, be prepared to pay for the course (must make an initial payment on the payment plan, pay if full, or provide proof of funding).

   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.studentaid.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.

Hazlewood: Please contact Kelly Czapnik at 254.298.8320 or email her at kelly.czapnik@templejc.edu for questions about using your Hazlewood benefits to pay for this program’s tuition.

GI Bill: Please contact Magen McCauley at 254.298.8310 or email her at magen.mccauley@templejc.edu for questions about using your GI Bill benefits to pay for this program’s tuition.

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 08, 2024
Registration begins: April 03, 2024

Classed held on Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Certified Nurse Aides, on average, earn $30,860 annually in Texas with the top 10% of nurse aides earning $39,510 or more.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022)