Nursing Assistant

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a vital part of the health care team. The U.S. Department of Labor states that employment for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) will grow by more than 19% in the next ten years. Predominantly this is in response to the aging population of the U.S. and the associated long-term care required for these patients.

This program of study is based on the standards established for the South Carolina Nurse Aide curriculum. Study includes classroom, lab experience, clinical practice in a selected facility and American Heart Association Basic Life Support/CPR training for Healthcare Providers. Nurse assistants provide basic personal care for patients in health care facilities, hospitals, and in-home health care. They provide care with vital signs, dressing, feeding, bathing, ambulating, and personal assistance. 

Students completing the program will be eligible to sit for the South Carolina Nursing Assistant Certification Examination.

Career Tracks:

  • Entry Level Average: $17,077 per year
  • Entry Level Range: $16,000 - $27,000

Entry Level Positions:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistants provide basic patient care under the direction of the nursing staff. They perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. The Nursing Assistant certificate can provide a stepping stone into the Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing programs, but can also provide a viable career on its own.

For more information about careers, visit Career Onestop for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Piedmont Technical College's Career Tracks page for more in-depth information about this program. For national career information, visit Virtual Career Network.


Regional Earnings


*Earnings data for our region from EMSI Analyst