Nurse Aide Accelerated Certificate (NAA1)

The Nurse Aide Accelerated Technical Certificate of Credit program prepares students with classroom training and practice as well as the clinical experiences necessary to care for patients in various settings including nursing care facilities, general medical and surgical hospitals, community care facilities for the elderly, and home health care services.  After the completion of the State approved training program, the candidate must take and pass the competency evaluation examination. The examination includes a written/oral and skills competency examination administered by an approved testing agency. Candidates who successfully pass the written/oral and skills competency examination are included on the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry.

Employment Opportunities

Once certified, Nurse Aides primarily seek employment in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, home health care agencies, and hospitals.


The Nurse Aide program is approved by Alliant Health Solutions, 1455 Lincoln Parkway, Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30346 or P.O. Box 105753, Atlanta, GA 30348, Phone 678.527.3100.


Upon satisfactory completion of the Nurse Aide Accelerated program, students will be eligible to apply and sit for the State Nurse Aide Certification Exam.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 36 30 23 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 218 222 223 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Nurse Aide Accelerated Certificate Curriculum

The curriculum for the Nurse Aide certificate program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 9 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 180 contact hours and generally takes 1 semester to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (9 Credits)

ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care



ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences



NAST 2100Nurse Aide Accelerated



Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $900

Fees ($385 per semester): $385

Books/Supplies: $200

Uniforms: $100

Liability Insurance: Liability Insurance (click to find your program)

TB Testing: $70

Criminal Background Check: $80

Drug Screen: $30

Certification Exam: $112 (not required for graduation)

Course Supply Fee: Health Care (click to find individual course fees) 

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)

Clinical Education

Number of Clinical Sites: 5

General Location of the Clinical Sites: Bulloch, Evans, Candler, and Screven Counties.

Special Requirements of the Clinical Sites

(Students must complete the following requirements and submit documentation to the instructor by the assigned date in order to participate in clinical and complete the program):

  • CPR Certification; First Aid Training;
  • The student must submit documentation of TB skin testing, all required immunizations, and including Hepatitis B. Students who refuse the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical sites may refuse to accept them. Forms will be provided by the instructor;
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screen

Clinical Education Courses

The Nurse Aide course provides students with an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of patient care principles and techniques in a long-term care setting. The clinical experience allows the student to become involved in a professional work situation applying technical skills.

The clinical experience requires that the student spend a minimum of 45 hours in a supervised work setting. Students may not receive pay from the clinical site for clinical hours. Students are evaluated by the clinical instructor.

Clinical Assignments

Clinical hours and days may vary depending on the clinical sites. Clinical sites are selected by the program coordinator. Students are responsible for having reliable transportation to the site. Clinical hours must be fulfilled in order to complete the program. Clinical sites will be assigned by the instructor.