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Certified Nurse Assistant / Nurse Aide Course

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Thank you for your interest in the Ballad Health Nurse Aide Training Program!

Our Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Program presents the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of federal and state requirements – with an emphasis on geriatrics and long-term care.

Once you've completed the course, you'll meet the criteria to sit for the state certification examination.

Ballad Health is here to support you on your CNA journey. We're offering this course free of charge for anyone who's interested in becoming a CNA.


COVID-19 information

Enrollment for the upcoming classes are continuing with some variations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is a slightly longer time frame for responses to applications due to workplace changes to comply with social distancing. Applicants will be contacted via the email address on the application within 1-3 business days of application submission. If any changes need to be made to our program schedule, communication will be sent to all applicants via email. Please add CNAProgram@balladhealth.org to your contacts list to ensure receive all communications for next steps.

Our staff are working hard to answer all questions and update our practices during this unprecedented time.

Please continue to follow recommendations from CDC and community leaders regarding safe practices of handwashing, social distancing, and staying home.


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These training programs approved by the Tennessee and Virginia Departments of Health

These training programs are approved by the Tennessee and Virginia Departments of Health. They're designed to give students the basics of bedside patient care and prepare them for the nurse assistant state certification exam.

Ballad Health follows state and federal guidelines for nurse aide training and curriculum.

In Tennessee, this course contains 60 hours of classroom time with 40 hours of supervised clinical time to follow. Evening and daytime courses are offered.

In Virginia, the course contains 80 hours of classroom time with 40 hours of supervised clinical time to follow.

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