Nurse Aide

This course prepares you for entry-level work in the field of nursing. You will gain the knowledge and skills to safely care for patients in all health care settings. The class provides special focus on safety, the rights of all residents/patients/clients, and the ability to function within a CNA's Scope of Practice. This tri-level course includes: 1) theory, 2) skills lab, and 3) clinical rotation in a Long-term Care Facility. After successful completion, you are eligible to take the State of Texas nurse aide certification exam.

Course Information

This program is comprised of 60 hours of classroom and skills lab and 40 hours of clinicals (externship) at a long-term care facility.

Occupation Overview

Nurse aides work closely with patients and residents, assisting with bathing, grooming, and feeding. Nurse aides are responsible for basic care services such as checking patient vital signs, ambulation and activities of daily living (ADLs). 

 Jobs include: nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, rehab centers, long-term care, doctor’s offices, home health agencies, and independent living facilities.

Employment Outlook

 The nurse aide is one of the fastest growing jobs in Texas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are plentiful throughout the Central Texas area.  

Average Salary in Texas                      $23,810

Average Salary in Killeen area            $24,580


You must be at least 16 years old. 

You must have a TB test before you start clinicals.

You must pass the Department of Aging and Disability Services Employ-ability test.

 A person is unemployable in a DADS-regulated facility or agency if he or she:

  • is listed on the Employee Misconduct Registry, or

  • is revoked on the Nurse Aide Registry, or

  • has a criminal conviction that is listed as an automatic bar to employment in Health and Safety Code Chapter 250.


This program is approved and regulated by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

Program Cost                                                              $1045

Tuition                                       $715

Registration                             $100

Textbooks                                $40

Background check                  $15

Supplies                                    $125

Student Completer Form Deposit  $50

Additional Expenses

 Scrubs                                     $varies

 TB test                                    $varies

NACES Certification Exam  (payable to NACES)  $104.50