Nurse Aide Training

Nurse Aide Training COVID-19 Notice:

Until further notice, the lab and clinical portions of the course will be held in an approved UofL School of Nursing lab that meets the state guidelines related to COVID-19.

Read the University of Louisville's response to COVID-19 here.

Criminal Background Check

Per state regulations, a student must have completed a criminal background check results prior to enrolling in the Nurse Aide Training program. Instructions for ordering the CastleBranch criminal background check can be found on the Requirements tab.

Lab/Clinical Sessions FULL

The Nurse Aide Training program has reached capacity for current lab/clinical sessions. Prior to registering, please if interested in receiving a notification when future sessions become available.

Nurse Aide Training

Nurse Aide Training (NAT)

You can attend Nurse Aide Training through the University of Louisville School of Nursing’s program. The classes will prepare you to work as a nurse aide in a variety of settings.

The online approach allows you to work at your own pace to complete required modules and tests prior to attending on-site lab and clinicals.

The Nurse Aide Training program prepares you to take the Kentucky state competency test to become a State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA). Get trained today to start your career in the highly demanded field of Nurse Aide!

This course also fulfills the Nurse Aide Training (NAT) clinical compliance requirement for UofL School of Nursing pre-licensure programs.

The minimum age to enroll in the course is 16 years old.

2020 Lab/Clinical Dates

Current sessions FULL

Please if interested in receiving a notification when future sessions become available.

Program Overview

The Nurse Aide Training program consists of self-paced, online learning modules as well as lab and clinical experiences. Lab and clinical sessions are offered throughout the year.

Program Locations

Lab and clinical sites available in:

Louisville, KY
Owensboro, KY

Contact

Darlene Rush, MSN, RN
NAT Coordinator
NurseNAT@louisville.edu
502.852.0647

 

Ready to Get Started?

Register Now!

Nurse Aide Training COVID-19 Notice: Until further notice, the lab and clinical portions of the course will be held in an approved UofL School of Nursing lab that meets the state guidelines related to COVID-19. Read complete details here.

Online Learning Modules

  • Conveniently self-paced
  • A minimum of 59 hours viewing the text and videos must be logged to fulfill the on-line component of the curriculum
  • All on-line module components must be met 14 days before the first day of lab. Students who do not have these requirements met by the established deadline will forfeit the class without refund.
  • On-line assessments verify your readiness for the lab and clinical experiences

Lab

  • One 4-hour day in the UofL School of Nursing lab
  • Practice your skills before going to the clinical setting

Clinical

  • Two eight-hour days at a long-term care facility
  • Translate your knowledge into real-life experiences providing direct care to elders

Lab hours and direct patient care in the clinical setting will be under the direction of the UofL School of Nursing NAT Program Coordinator or designated faculty.

Required Textbook Bundle

  • Mosby's Textbook for Long-Term Care Nursing Assistants. (8th Edition). Kostelnick
  • Evolve online module course access code

The book bundle can be purchased in-store or online from the UofL Health Science Campus bookstore:

555 South Floyd Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-852-5284
Email: 1544mgr@follett.com
Website: https://www.bkstr.com/uoflhscstore/home

 

Ready to Get Started?

Register Now!

Nurse Aide Training COVID-19 Notice: Until further notice, the lab and clinical portions of the course will be held in an approved UofL School of Nursing lab that meets the state guidelines related to COVID-19. Read complete details here.

Requirements

All compliance requirements must be met 14 days before the first day of lab. Students who do not have these requirements met by the established deadline will forfeit the class without refund.

Immunization and TB Screening: 

  • Please visit the Immunization & TB Screening Requirements section of this page to view requirement details.
  • *** NOTE: The TB testing compliance for the Nurse Aide Training program requires applicants to have a 2-step PPD or the blood test, which may be different from UofL School of Nursing Upper Division compliance requirements. The Nurse Aide Training requirements also require every applicant to complete the TB Questionnaire.
  • If you are a UofL student, provide a copy of immunization records to UofL Campus Health Services.  If you are not a UofL student, provide a copy of immunizations records using the Nurse Aide Training document submission form.

Criminal Background Check:

  • All applicants must have a completed background check from the website https://portal.castlebranch.com/IP65.

    Use the “Package Selection” tab on the CastleBranch site to select the appropriate UofL Package Code. If you are actively requesting a Criminal Background Check for a UofL pre-licensure nursing program, then select the appropriate pre-licensure nursing code. Otherwise, select the Nurse Aide Training code.

  • Requirement fulfilled upon the SON receipt of test results from the Castlebranch company. All results will be kept confidential.

  • NOTE: UofL nursing students may have completed the background check during the process for application to UofL School of Nursing pre-licensure programs.

Drug Screening:

  • All applicants must complete a drug screening using the website https://portal.castlebranch.com/IP65. Use the same account that you used when you established your background check. If you are actively requesting a Drug Screening for a UofL pre-licensure nursing program, then select the appropriate pre-licensure nursing code. Otherwise, select the Nurse Aide Training code.
  • Requirement fulfilled upon the SON receipt of test results from the Castlebranch company. All results will be kept confidential.
  • NOTE: For UofL nursing students using Castlebranch to actively complete the drug screening for UofL School of Nursing pre-licensure program compliance requirements, the same results will also fulfill the requirement for the Nurse Aide Training program. You do not need to purchase an additional drug screening package.
  • The testing site closest to you can be found on the Castlebranch.com website. Students will be required to pay for the testing.
  • You will receive the results of your drug screen. However, if you are unable to provide evidence of a negative drug screen, you will not be allowed to attend Nurse Aide Training clinical and thus must withdraw from the Nurse Aide Training program and will forfeit the class without refund.

Abuse Registry:

  • Your application to the Nurse Aide Training program will prompt verification within the abuse and neglect registries for nurse aide workers. If a finding of neglect, abuse, or misappropriation of resident property is indicated in the registry, the applicant will be terminated from the Nurse Aide Training program and will forfeit the class without refund. State law prohibits the enrollment of persons in the Nurse Aide Training program who have a documented history of abuse or neglect.

CPR/BLS Certification: 

  • All applicants must complete CPR training through the American Heart Association: BLS for Healthcare Providers.
  • Requirement fulfilled by providing a copy of the CPR card using the Nurse Aide Training document submission form.

Professional Liability Insurance:

  • Please apply early.  It may take 4-6 weeks to receive your policy after you apply. Effective date of the policy must be prior to your first day of Nurse Aide Training lab and clinical.  Nursing Student Coverage or Nursing Assistant Coverage with limits of $1,000,000 to $3,000,000.
  • Requirement fulfilled by submitting a copy of the policy cover page that has been issued with an appropriate effective date and coverage limits. An application is NOT proof of coverage. Requirement fulfilled by providing proof of coverage using the Nurse Aide Training document submission form.

Profile Photo:

  • Personal appearance:
    • Recent, color, head and shoulder passport-style photo
    • The student must be the only person in the picture
    • Use a clear image of your face with both eyes open
    • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera (no profile shots)
    • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
    • Taken in front of a neutral white or off-white background
    • No glasses, hats or head coverings unless religious in nature
    • No headphones or wireless hands-free devices
    • No copyrighted photos
    • No glamour shots, senior photos, or professional photos
  • Requirement fulfilled by submitting photo via the Nurse Aide Training document submission form.

 Immunization & TB Screening Requirements

Tetanus-Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)

  • 1 Adult Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis)

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

  • Documentation of serologic immunity OR
  • 2 MMR vaccines (2 doses Measles, 2 doses Mumps and one dose Rubella if administered separately).

Hepatitis B Vaccine (HepB)

  • 3 doses of vaccine followed by HepBSAb titer, reported with a QUANTITATIVE value.

Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine

  • 2 doses of vaccine OR
  • Positive antibody titer. Indeterminate titers require one dose vaccine.

TB (Tuberculosis) testing required

  • If no previous TST or if no prior history of positive TST:
    • Complete two TSTs (2-step PPD)***, at least one week apart.   - OR –
    • Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) (Quantiferon TB Gold or T-spot)
  • Prior history of (+) TST or IGRA, or active TB:
    • Provide documentation of positive test results, medication treatment, and latest Chest x-ray report.
    • If you received the BCG vaccine and your first or second TST were "positive" you will need to obtain an IGRA blood test.

*** NOTE:  The TB testing compliance for the Nurse Aide Training program requires applicants to have a 2-step TST/PPD or documented IGRA results, which may be different from UofL School of Nursing pre-licensure compliance requirements.

Hepatitis A (recommended):

  • 2 doses vaccine

Seasonal Influenza:

Vaccine is required annually but not available until fall. Free to all UofL students.

Student Responsibilities

  • Transportation to the lab and clinical sites
  • Purchase of textbook and clinical supplies
  • Required attire for clinical and lab portion of the program is professional scrubs.
    • Clothing should not have logos or graphics. 
    • No leggings, yoga pants, or workout wear.
  • Attendance is mandatory for all labs and clinicals.
  • Student will wear provided picture badge at lab and clinical.

 

Ready to Get Started?

Register Now!

Nurse Aide Training COVID-19 Notice: Until further notice, the lab and clinical portions of the course will be held in an approved UofL School of Nursing lab that meets the state guidelines related to COVID-19. Read complete details here.

Nurse Aide Training Costs

  • Course Fee: $550
  • Course Materials: $80 (payable to UofL Health Science Campus bookstore)

Costs Incurred Prior to Registering for Nurse Aide Training

  • Background Check: $58 (Payable to Castlebranch)
  • Drug Screen: $32 (Payable to Castlebranch)
  • Immunizations: Visit the NAT Requirements tab which details immunization and TB requirements.
  • CPR/BLS: Visit the American Heart Association
  • Stethoscope and Adult Size Manual Blood Pressure Cuff (Sphygmomanometer): Students may purchase these items anywhere, but they will need one of each item listed. If you already own or can borrow these items, this is acceptable.

 

Optional -- For Students Desiring to Take the State Certification Test:

State Certification test: Written test $40 and Performance test $75 (Payable to KCTCS testing center)


Ready to Get Started?

Register Now!

Nurse Aide Training COVID-19 Notice: Until further notice, the lab and clinical portions of the course will be held in an approved UofL School of Nursing lab that meets the state guidelines related to COVID-19. Read complete details here.

Persons Seeking Nurse Aide Training

Q: What is the length of the program?

A: The UofL Nurse Aide Training online modules require a minimum of 59 hours to complete.  After the modules are completed, you will spend 4 hours in a lab setting practicing skills, and 16 clinical hours in a long-term care facility taking care of patients. All components must be completed within 1 year from registration.

Q: What is the difference between Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and State Registered Nursing Aide?

A: Although nurse aides in Kentucky are often referred to as certified nurse aides, the correct title for a nurse aide listed on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry is State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA).

Q: What credential is earned?

A: Students that choose to take the state test will be an 'SRNA' and will be credentialed by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Q:  What is the cost of the course?

A: The course fee is $550. The course text-book bundle is $80.

Q:  Are there additional costs?

A: Yes, compliance requirements for the course are a criminal background check, drug screening, CPR training, and may include immunizations.

Q:  How do I register?

A:  The NAT Registration form is available on the School of Nursing website.

Q:  When are the classes offered?

A:  On-line modules may be started at any time and completed at your own pace. You must complete the required modules and exams prior to attending your assigned lab and clinical sessions. Clinical dates and times will be scheduled based on need and availability.

Q:  How are the classes taught?

A: Classes are delivered on-line.  Lab and clinical hours are at various sites.

Q:  What are the requirements to take the class?

A: Students must have up to date immunizations, submit a criminal background check, submit a drug screen, and be CPR certified. Students must submit documentation of a 2-step TST/PPD or IGRA results as noted on the Requirements tab. A single-step TST/PPD does not fulfill the requirements for the Nurse Aide Training program.

Q:  Do I need a stethoscope?

A: Yes, students will need a stethoscope and a manual blood pressure cuff.

Q: Do I need scrubs or a uniform?

A: Required attire for the clinical and lab portions of the program are professional scrubs.  Clothing should not have logos or graphics.  No leggings, yoga pants or workout wear.

Q:  Will this class count towards a degree at UofL?

A:  No, this is a non-credit, non-degree applicable course.

Q: What is the refund policy?

A: There are no refunds on any tuition, fees, or textbook charges.

 

Nurse Aide Training COVID-19 Notice: Until further notice, the lab and clinical portions of the course will be held in an approved UofL School of Nursing lab that meets the state guidelines related to COVID-19. Read complete details here.

Document Submission

When ready to submit documents for the NAT program, use the button below to access the NAT document submission form.

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