Program Fact Sheet

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Certificate Program

What is a Patient Care or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?
A certified nursing assistant (CNA) provides direct patient care by taking vital signs, obtaining lab specimens, assisting with activities of daily living, and observing and charting patient information. Graduates may be eligible to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment program (NNAAP) which determines competency to become enrolled in the State Nurse Aide Registry and, if successful on the exam, receive a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certificate. With the CNA credential, students can obtain an entry level health care position as certified nursing assistant, nurse aide, nurse assistant, geriatric aide, or hospital attendant.

Prerequisite Courses
  • EMPL 1000
  • ALHS 1011; ALHS 1090; ALHS 1040
  • A current BLS-C Healthcare Provider card is required prior to this class. Class size is limited, so only those who have completed and passed all prerequisite classes with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better will be considered for selection.

Program Course and co-requisites for CNA

NAST 1100 and ALHS 1060 (co-requisite with NAST 1100)

CNA Certificate Courses
  • EMPL 1000
  • FYES 1000
  • NAST 1100
  • ALHS 1011; ALHS 1040
  • ALHS 1090; ALHS 1060

Length of Program

Once all pre-requisites (2+ semesters) have been completed, the CNA course (NAST 1100) is ONLY 1 semester.

Semester Program Begins
Every Semester; Full or part time; Day program

General Admission Application Process
  1. Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at
  2. Students must be enrolled in the CNA certificate program concentration.

Program Deadlines

All application steps must be completed by the term deadline for the semester in which you wish to begin the program. For specific dates, see the academic calendar at

Program Requirements

Within in the first two weeks of the NAST 1100 course, students will be required to provide evidence of standard immunizations, a background check, and a drug screen at their own expense. Positive background checks or drug screens may prevent students from completing the clinical component of NAST 1100, resulting in failure of the course.


Additional Approximated Costs Associated with NAST 1100 Course

All costs are approximated and are subject to change and will be at the student's own expense.

Course Fees
NAST 1100 (6)
  • Liability Insurance - $11
  • NAST 1100 Supply Fee - $50
  • Physical & Immunizations - est. $200 (**must be completed within the first 2 weeks of class)
  • Uniforms ā€“ est. $30-60
  • Background Check & Drug Screen (through Advantage Students) ā€“ est. $75-95 (**must be completed within the first 2 weeks of class)
  • State Standardized Competency Exam - $112-117 (We will collect this and submit directly to NACES which is responsible for CNA testing through

This worksheet does not include tuition and registration related fees charged by Gwinnett Tech. For more information go to our Tuition and Fees Page.