If you’ve ever been a patient in a hospital, you’ve likely received care from a certified nurse aide or assistant (CNA). CNAs perform many important support tasks for patients at hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities. Along with the increasing aging population has come a corresponding increase in the demand for CNAs, making becoming a CNA an attractive option for anyone interested in a career helping others.
Becoming a CNA requires graduating from an accredited CNA course and passing a state examination. If you live in or around Greensboro, North Carolina, there are several local CNA training programs available primarily through vocational schools and community colleges. All of them provide a quick and affordable way to get you started working as a CNA. Some of these programs feature online coursework to make your CNA studies more convenient.
This guide is for anyone in the Greensboro area thinking about a becoming CNA. You’ll find useful information on local CNA programs along with where to get help funding your training, salary expectations, job outlook, and more.
Best CNA Classes and Training Programs in Greensboro, NC
With the many CNA programs available in the Greensboro area, how do you know which one is right for you? To help in your program search, three of the best CNA programs in Greensboro, NC, and the surrounding area are spotlighted below. We’ve selected these programs based on factors like affordability, study convenience, flexibility, and quality support services. Most importantly, all three programs are properly accredited and state-approved. See who stands for Greensboro CNA programs in 2021.
FAQs About CNA Classes in Greensboro, NC
Inside Look at Online CNA Classes in Greensboro
The availability of online coursework provides students an additional level of study convenience and flexibility. Currently, however, most CNA classes in Greensboro are only offered entirely in-person. Lecture and lab classes are usually on-campus with in-person clinicals at approved practice facilities in and around the Greensboro area. At present, in terms of online CNA classes in Greensboro, NC and vicinity, only Rockingham Community College offers a hybrid (online/on-campus) option for its Nurse Aid program with Mount Eagle’s hybrid program promised soon. Also, due to the pandemic, many programs are beginning to move all or some of their didactic classes online. Students in such programs should continue to expect in-person clinicals as part of their program’s requirements.
To learn more about distance learning options for CNA students, visit our guide to online CNA classes.
Common Questions About Online CNA Classes in Greensboro, NC
Will taking online CNA classes in Greensboro impact my ability to get certified or licensed?
As long as those classes are offered by a state-approved CNA training program, online classes will not impact your ability to get certified or licensed. All the online CNA classes mentioned in this guide are both state-approved and properly accredited. By getting your training through one of these programs you are assured of your eligibility to sit for the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry exam.
Do employers care if I take some of my CNA classes online?
That depends on the individual employer. However, it’s doubtful any employer would hesitate to hire a Certified Nursing Assistant who graduated from a fully-accredited and state-approved CNA training program and passed the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry exam simply because they completed some of their CNA program coursework online.
Are online CNA classes in Greensboro more affordable than campus programs?
The costs of CNA programs in Greensboro and surrounding areas featuring online classes are the same (and possibly a little higher) than for those exclusively on-campus. However, online students may spend less on their programs after factoring in savings on transportation and related costs, like parking fees, associated with travel to and from campus.
Can I complete my Greensboro CNA training faster by taking classwork online?
Probably not. CNA programs are relatively similar in terms of classwork and clinicals due primarily to the requirements by the state for program approval and graduate eligibility for the state registry exam. As a result, completion times for CNA classes in Greensboro and the surrounding area are generally not affected by online course availability.
How to Become a CNA in Greensboro
Eligibility to work as a CNA in Greensboro, or anywhere else in North Carolina, requires placement on the state’s Nurse Aide I Registry, which lists CNAs meeting all state and federal training and testing requirements. The steps to registry placement for most prospective CNAs in North Carolina are:
- Complete a state-approved Nurse Aide training program, like any of the CNA classes in Greensboro described in this guide. Once you have completed your training program, your program’s school will upload verification of completion to the testing provider.
- Pass the required Nurse Aid I competency testing through the testing provider, Pearson VUE. Testing consists of two components: an oral or written component and a skills demonstration component. Both components must be passed to be added to the Nurse Aide I Registry. Testing is done in-person at one of several Pearson VUE regional test sites. Detailed information on testing can be found in this online NC Nurse Aide I Candidate Guide.
- Candidates who have successfully passed the required competency testing are placed on the Nurse Aide I Registry and are eligible to work as a Nurse Aide I in the state of North Carolina. The Nurse Aide I Registry listing is good for 24 months, during which the CNA must be dutifully employed for pay as a Nurse Aide for at least eight hours. CNAs not meeting this minimum or failing to renew their listing must begin the entire qualification process over (i.e., retrain and retest) to be relisted on the Nurse Aide I registry.
For more information on North Carolina CNA requirements, including a step-by-step guide to becoming a CNA in the state, visit EduMed’s North Carolina CNA page.
Earnings Outlook: How Much Does a CNA Make in Greensboro?
According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (see the chart below), salaries for CNAs working in the Greensboro area are running slightly higher than those in North Carolina generally and slightly lower than those in other major metropolitan areas in the state. They also run lower than national median salaries for CNAs in the U.S. How much you’ll earn as a CNA, however, depends on factors like your specific employer and level of professional experience in addition to geographic location.
Annual Earnings for CNAs in Greensboro
|10th Percentile||Median Earnings (50th Percentile)||90th Percentile|
|Greensboro-High Point, NC||$20,560||$25,830||$34,380|
|Durham-Chapel Hill, NC||$23,330||$29,500||$38,050|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2019