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Purpose: This curriculum is designed to provide skills and knowledge to prepare the student to take the certification test for becoming a certified Nurse Aide in Virginia.

Occupational Objective: Upon completion of this curriculum and certification by the Virginia Board of Nursing, individuals will be eligible for employment in a variety of health care settings.

Admission Requirements: Admission requirements include high school graduation or GED, an English 111 eligible score on the college placement test, and completion of MTE 1-2. *Students who desire progression into any other advancing levels of nursing must take MTE 1-4. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses and must have successfully completed the following courses prior to registering for HCT courses:

  • SDV 100 and ITE 115 may be taken while developmental studies are being completed.

A prospective student with a felony/misdemeanor conviction needs to see the HCT course instructor/program advisor. Certain convictions will prevent an individual from being certified as a nurse aide in Virginia and other states.

The program requires additional expenditures for the student’s health assessment, immunizations, urine drug screen, criminal background check, student liability, uniforms, supplies, and equipment, which are required for clinical assignments in HCT 101 and HCT 102.


Program RequirementsCredits

SDV 100College Success Skills1

ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts3

HCT 101Health Care Technician I14

HCT 102Health Care Technician II13

HCT 110Therapeutic Communication in the Health Care Setting3

HCT 119Advanced Health Care Technician 4

Total Minimum Credits18


SDV 1001

ITE 1153

Total Credits4


HCT 1014

HCT 1013

Total Credits7


HCT 1103

HCT 1194

Total Credits7

1 HCT 101 and HCT 102 must be taken during the same semester, per availability. An admitted student may choose to take only HCT 101 and HCT 102 and upon completion of these two courses, be a candidate to take the Nurse Aide in Virginia certification test. Students who choose this route will not receive the career studies certificate. However, students who are planning to explore career ladder opportunities to become a LPN or RN are advised to complete the Nurse Aide Career Study Certificate courses.