Nurse Aide I

SCED Code: 14051
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 280
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
Non-Traditional?: M

Nurse Aide I, offered as an occupational preparation course beginning at the 11th-grade level, is regulated under the Virginia Board of Nursing. It emphasizes the study of nursing occupations as related to the healthcare system. Students study growth and development across the lifespan, simple body structure and function, and medical terminology. They are introduced to concepts of infection prevention and disease processes. Students receive entry-level skill training in patient-nurse aide relationships; measuring and recording of vital signs; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and general patient care. Work-based learning may be offered as part of this course. The Nurse Aide I course introduces students to careers in nursing, health professions, and STEM-H professions. Students must maintain American Heart Association's Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) training during this course.

Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Note: Board-approved programs must maintain regulatory compliance for all enrolled students. For students to be considered graduates of any approved program, the program must be completed in entirety to include both classroom and clinical portions of the program. Further, pursuant to regulation (18VAC90-263-50 (C)(3)), clinical must include a minimum of 40 hours of direct client care and only 5 of those hours are permitted to be in a setting other than geriatric long term care. Simulation/lab does not count as direct client care clinical experiences.

Note: Some healthcare facilities that accept federal funding (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid) may require criminal background checks and drug screens for students participating in a clinical experience. An updated immunization record will be required prior to the student participating in the clinical experience.

Virginia Department of Health Professions, Board of Nursing, Guidance Documents

Virginia Department of Health Professions, Board of Nursing, Nurse Aide Education Program Applications and Forms  

Reference for tasks noted as required by the Virginia Board of Nursing regulation:

Virginia Department of Health Professions, Board of Nursing, Regulations for Nurse Aide Programs



This course has specific state laws and regulations from a governing medical board or agency. Please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education prior to implementing this course. All inquires may be sent to
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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Therapeutic Services
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Home Health Aide
  • Registered Nurse

Pathway Occupation
Science and Mathematics
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technician
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Registered Nurse

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