Healthcare: Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) provide hands-on healthcare to patients and assists them in daily activities. While CNAs primarily work in long-term care facilities, they also may be employed in the ever-growing home healthcare field. Duties range from assisting with mobility, bathing, dressing and feeding to medicine management and measuring vital signs. CNAs may also work with medical technology, including billing software, health information software, and/or medical record charting software. On the job, CNAs report to either registered nurses or licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a state-approved Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program (NATP). Georgia requires all NATPs to provide one comprehensive course to train candidates to work in all health care facilities (e.g., nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, home health, etc.). After completing the state program, the candidate must take and pass the competency evaluation exam, which includes a written/oral and skills competency test that is evaluated by an approved registered nurse with the approved testing agency. Candidates who successfully pass the written/oral and skills competency examination are included on the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry.

Nursing assistants in Georgia earn an average of about $31,000 per year. Many CNAs use this educational and training as a bridge to move further in the healthcare industry.

For more information on our CNA program, contact Rontai Walker at