Nursing: Nursing Assistant Refresher Training Program

This 48-hour course consists of a brief review of the NA I theory curriculum, selected NA I skills, and preparation for the state written and skill exams. Successful completion of this refresher course will provide individuals with a review of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that must be demonstrated on the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination necessary for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

Note: If you have taken the North Carolina NNAAP test three times within a two-year period, and failed, you are ineligible to take a refresher class and must re-take the complete Nursing Assistant 1 course. References to this rule may be found in the NC Nurse Aide I Candidate Handbook) Additionally, if your license expired prior to January 2019, you are ineligible for the refresher and must re-take the complete Nursing Assistant 1 course. 

Additional Note: If your goal is to enroll in Nursing School, this course MAY NOT meet the required pre-requisite for the school you are applying to. You are encouraged to research this before registering.

If you have questions or you would like to receive information by email, please complete the contact form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

This course is designed to update individuals who:

  1. Are currently listed or are listed as inactive on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry, or
    b. Have successfully completed a state approved training program after January 2019, or
    c. Hold a state recognized unencumbered health care credential (EMT, EMT-P, CMA, RN, LPN, etc.) from any state or,
    d. Are military personnel and have documented medical/corpsman training


  1. Your certification expired before January 2019
    b.  You have taken the NNAAP test three times in the last two years and failed (you have to retake the entire course)
    c.  If you are planning to enroll in nursing school, this course MAY NOT meet their requirements


  1. A copy of your driver’s license or other government issued photo ID
    b.  A copy of your High School transcripts
    c.  A government issued Social Security Card, signed and not laminated (for your instructor to check)
    d.  A copy of your registry/credentials

This course is designed to provide individuals with a review of the knowledge, skills and abilities that must be demonstrated on the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination necessary for listing on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry.

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age (no exceptions).
  2. Have a valid high school diploma or GED certificate from an accredited school. (If you have never taken a class at GTCC before and have a high school diploma from another country, it will need to be validated through our Student Success Center. You may email Jesse Cross at to have this done. You will be dismissed from the class if the high school diploma you have is from an unaccredited high school. This will be checked on the first day of class. If you are unsure if your high school is accredited, you may email Amy Byerly at and she will check for you.)
  3. Enrollees must provide a copy of unencumbered Registry listing or any state recognized or military health care credential by nurse aide listing number or other credential identifiers.
  4. MUST have a U.S. government-issued Social Security Card, signed and non-laminated (a permanent resident card, such as a Visa, or any other alien identification card will not be accepted)
  5. Have an unexpired Government issued photo ID such as a Driver’s License or Passport (must bring a copy of this to the first class)

You MUST bring all of the above documents to the first class for verification by the instructor. If you do not meet ALL these qualifications, you will be dismissed from the course and will receive a refund of the registration fee.

If GTCC already has your transcripts on file, you will not need to bring your high school diploma or GED certificate to the first class and will only need to bring your original Social Security card and copy of your Photo ID. If you are unsure if it is on file or not, you may email Amy Byerly at and she can check for you.

Registration Fee for the Course: $133.00.  Financial Aid is not available for the class as it is a non-credit certificate course. 

Required Items:

Student Manual – $46.86 with tax – is required for the first day of class (You must purchase from the GTCC Campus bookstore PRIOR to class where you will be taking the class.)

Additional Required Items:

  • Watch with a second hand – $10.00 – $12.00
  • Two #2 Pencils

NOTE:  The sitting fee for the state exam will be an additional $140.00 and is not included in the registration fee and other fees listed above. Also, students must wait 13 calendar days after graduation to take the skills exam.

  • The attendance policy is very strict and 4 hours is all that you are allowed to miss in the entire course.
  • In order to be successful in the course you must score a 80% or better on the final written exam AND score an 80% or better on the skills performance exam.
  • You must be able to accept constructive criticism, control your temper and follow directions carefully.
  • Unprofessional or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
  • You will be dismissed during any portion of this class should your reaction be inappropriate at any time.
  • You may be dismissed if you are caught cheating, suspected of alcohol or drug use on campus or before class.
  • If you are dismissed from a class for any reason, you are not eligible for a refund.

The job description for Nursing is both physical and stressful. There is no light duty available. You must be able to lift 50 pounds, stand for up to 4 hours, stoop or bend without assistance, be able to listen to soft sounds, and comprehend English and speak English fluently.

  1. Disability Services – The NA 1 Departmental Staff want all students to be successful.  If you have any special needs, please contact the Disability Access Services department prior to starting your class so that arrangements can be made for the first day.  Please call 334-4822 Ext. 50113. 
  2. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or (ESL) – If you feel you need assistance with comprehension of the English Language, you may call 334-4822 Ext. 53107.  This is highly encouraged prior to enrolling in an NA 1 course. 
  3. Learning Resource Centers – As a student in the NA 1 training program, you have access to the Learning Resource Centers on all three campus locations. 
  4. Veterans’ Center – If you think you are eligible for VA/Military Education Benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GIBILL1 or 888-442-4551.  Eligibility is ultimately determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs, not GTCC.  For additional information, you can contact Flora Taylor at 334-4822 Ext. 50521. 

Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these to your Instructor or any member of the NA Training Program Administration. Thank you for your service to our country.

If you would like to be notified when the next class is available, please email and request to be added to email database.


For questions, call Amy Byerly at 336-334-4822 Ext. 53062 or email at

Make sure you asked to be added to our email database for the latest course posting to be sent to you.

On successful completion of a Nursing Assistant training course at GTCC (NA I, or NA I Refresher), you must pass the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry exam in order to be listed on the Nurse Aide I Registry. Registry listing is a requirement in North Carolina to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  GTCC is a designated in-facility testing center for the Nurse Aide Registry Exam. Testing at GTCC allows you as a student to test in an environment with equipment you are familiar with working around. Students can schedule both the written and the skills exam by setting up an account with Credentia. Please visit to start that process. GTCC faculty and staff are not able to assist students with setting up their Credentia accounts.

Remember the Open Labs are available for you, even after you graduate, to return to GTCC and practice your skills prior to your test date. There is an Instructor available to assist you during every Open Lab date. For a schedule of Open Lab dates, times and locations, click on the NA OPEN LAB SCHEDULE (See below FAQ).

The In Facility Test number for GTCC is 34363.

In Facility, testing is on the Jamestown Campus, Business Hall, Room 202.

The testing dates are as follows:

  • April 13, 2024 (application deadline is March 29, 2024)
  • May 4, 2024 (application deadline is April 19, 2024)
  • May 18, 2024 (application deadline is May 3, 2024)
  • June 8, 2024 (application deadline is May 24, 2024)
  • July 13, 2024 (application deadline is June 28, 2024)
  • August 10, 2024 (application deadline is July 26, 2024)
  • September 7, 2024 (application deadline is August 23, 2024)
  • September 21, 2024 (application deadline is September 6, 2024)
  • October 12, 2024 (application deadline is September 27, 2024)
  • November 9, 2024 (application deadline is October 25, 2024)
  • December 7, 2024 (application deadline is November 22, 2024)

If you are successfully scheduled to test at GTCC, you must be in the classroom, Business Hall Room 202, a half hour before your scheduled skills exam test time.


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