In CATEC's Nurse Assistant program, students develop skills for entry into the rewarding career of nursing. Students learn technical knowledge and grow their skills as medical professionals. In the second semester of the course, students engage in clinical placements, working as Nurse Aides in local Charlottesville medical facilities. The program is part of CATEC's Health and Medical Sciences Academy. 

courses, credit, and certifications

High School Credit

Students receive up to 3 high school elective credits each year for successful completion of the program. Passage of the certification exam will award the student 2 student-verified elective credits, one of which can be substituted for a verified credit in either science or history.


Virginia Board of Nursing Certified Nurse Aide examination

American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment

Dual Enrollment Credit

The Nurse Assistant program is dual-enrolled with Piedmont Virginia Community College. Students successfully completing the program may receive 11 college credits.

College Course Codes College Course Name Credit Per Course College
HTC101 Healthcare Technician I 3 PVCC
HCT102 Healthcare Technician I 3 PVCC
HLT100 First Aid/CPR 2 PVCC
HLT130 Normal Nutrition 1 PVCC
HLT141 Intro to Medical Terminology 2 PVCC


Piedmont Community College

  • Nursing, A.A.S.
  • Medication Aide, Training Program

University of Virginia

  • School of Nursing,  BSN, RN to BSN, MSN


  • Career Opportunity: Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, groom, move patients, and change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. 

  • National Wage Average: $25,100.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $23,400.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +28.6%
  • Career Opportunity: Practical Nurse

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Similar to a registered nurse. 

  • National Wage Average: $46,000.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $43,000.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +18%
  • Career Opportunity: Registered Nurse

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. 

  • National Wage Average: $71,700.00
  • Virginia Wage Average: $68,000.00
  • Projected Job Growth in Virginia: +14%