Isothermal Community College

Continuing Education

Nurse Aide I

This 188-hour course is designed to prepare graduates to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. Emphasis on aging process including mental, social and physical needs of the elderly, patient's rights, nutrition management, elimination procedures, safe environment, restorative services, personal and special care procedures and activities, human body structure and function and related common disease/disorders, communication and documentation, death and dying, and roles of the nursing assistant and health team members. A skill/competency evaluation is required. The course includes class, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and skill/competency evaluation, the graduate is eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide I by the N.C. Division of Facility Services.

Nurse Aide I Program Reciprocity Information


Please see the information listed below for Nurse Aide I Program prerequisites and co-requisites. CLASS DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Please call 828-395-1675 to confirm course dates.

*Financial aid opportunities are available for the Nurse Aide Level I courses for qualifying students

  1. PRE-REQUISITE: All students wishing to enroll in the Nurse Aide Level I program must attend the Mandatory Orientation Session for the class they are interested in registering for.
  2. PRE-REQUISITE: All students wishing to enroll in the Nurse Aide Level I program must successfully complete the required 16-hour Pathways to C.N.A. course, which is typically offered one to two weeks before every Nurse Aide I class begins (see below for Pathways to C.N.A information). In most cases, the cost of the Pathways to C.N.A. course can be fee waived.
  3. CO-REQUISITE: All students wishing to enroll in the Nurse Aide I program must obtain at least a BRONZE LEVEL National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) prior to the indicated testing deadline given to each class during the Mandatory Orientation Session. This can be done one of three ways: (A) provide the Allied Health Programs Coordinator with a copy of your NCRC certificate and/or score report; (B) scheduling a test date with the Continuing Education Support Staff for the NCRC at a cost of $30.00; or (C) by enrolling in the Employability Open Lab in Continuing Education, accruing at least 12-hours of exam preparation through the Open Lab, and testing for the NCRC free of charge (see below for the Employability Open Lab information). In most cases, the cost of the Employability Open Lab can be fee waived.

Course Offerings

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the continued COVID-19 crisis, ALL Nurse Aide Level I courses AND Registration/Orientation sessions will have a maximum capacity of 10 STUDENTS per class (including Hybrid classes) and sessions.

If you are interested in any of these classes and would like to pre-register for a class please fill out this form and submit it to bcuthbertson@isothermal.edu.

#58997
Instructor: Steele
Tues/Wed 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
September 1, 2020 - December 16, 2020
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 116, $180

Please call for Registration information, 828-395-1405

#59002
Some after orientation spots opened up! Register for this today.
ONLINE and Tues/Thur 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Instructor: Cuthbertson
September 13, 2020 - December 4, 2020
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 112, $180
(Registration fee + $5 Institution technology fee)

Please call for Registration information, 828-395-1405

#59001
ONLINE and Wed 8 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Butler
September 13, 2020 - December 4, 2020
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 112, $180
(Registration fee + $5 Institution technology fee)

Please call for Registration information, 828-395-1405

#59006
Instructor: Whiteside
Tues/Wed/Thur 10 AM - 2 PM
October 27, 2020 - March 4, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 109, $180

Please call for Registration information, 828-395-1405

#59005
Instructor: Whiteside
Tues/Wed/Thur 4 PM - 8 PM
October 27, 2020 - March 4, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 109, $180

Please call for Registration information, 828-395-1405

#59036
Sat/Sun 8 AM - 4:30 PM
November 7, 2020 - February 7, 2021
Polk Center, Room 116, $180

Registration/Orientation (required):   Friday, October 9, 2020 @ 10:30 a.m., Foundation Building, Hickory Room

#59968
ONLINE and Wed 7AM - 1 PM
January 6, 2021 - May 26, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 117, $185
(Registration fee + $5 Institution technology fee)
Registration/Orientation (required):   Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 10:30 AM, Foundation Building, Hickory Room

#59969
ONLINE and Wed 1PM - 7 PM
January 6, 2021 - May26, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 117, $185
(Registration fee + $5 Institution technology fee)
Registration/Orientation (required): Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 12:30 PM , Foundation Building, Hickory Room


#59976
Sat/Sun 8 AM - 4:30 PM
January 9, 2021 - April 3, 2021
Polk Center, Room 116, $180
Registration/Orientation (required):   Friday, December 11, 2020 @ 10:30 AM, Foundation Building, Hickory Room

#59980
Tues/Wed 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
January 12, 2021 - May 5, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 116, $180
Registration/Orientation (required):   Thursday, December 10, 2020  @ 2:30 PM, Foundation Building, Hickory Room

#59970
ONLINE and Tues/Thur 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
January 19,2021 - April 22,2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 112, $185
(Registration fee + $5 Institution technology fee)
Registration/Orientation (required):   Friday, December 18, 2020  @ 10:30 AM, Foundation Building, Hickory Room

#59977
ONLINE and Thur/Fri 9 AM - 3:30 PM
February 14, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 116, $185
(Registration fee + $5 Institution technology fee)
Registration/Orientation (required):  Thursday, January 14, 2021  @ 10:30 AM, Foundation Building, Hickory Room

#59981
ONLINE and Wed 8 AM - 4:30 PM
April 4, 2021 - July 28, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 111, $185
(Registration fee + $5 Institution technology fee)
Registration/Orientation (required):   Monday, March 8, 2021 @ 10:30 AM, Foundation Building, Hickory Room

#59979
ONLINE and Tues/Thur 4 PM - 8 PM
April 4, 2021 - July 29, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 109, $185
(Registration fee + $5 Institution technology fee)
Registration/Orientation (required):   Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 10:30 AM, Foundation Building, Hickory Room

#59978
Tues/Wed/Thur 10 AM - 2 PM
April 6, 2021 - July 27, 2021
Rutherfordton Learning Center, Room 109, $180
Registration/Orientation (required):   Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 10:30 AM, Foundation Building, Hickory Room