Working under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse, the nurse aide provides quality nursing care to patients, residents, clients and customers of all ages in a variety of settings including private homes, assisted living, hospice, hospitals, and community-based long-term care facilities. As an integral part of the healthcare team, the nurse aide performs a variety of functions including, but not limited to: bedside care, vital signs assessment, feeding residents and recording their food and liquid intake, helping with medical procedures, and assisting residents to maintain as much independence as possible. Nurse aides must be respectful and compassionate and enjoy helping others as they interact with residents on a regular basis, getting to know them personally, and building strong relationships with them and their families.

Program at a Glance
Day Division

  • Approximately 6 weeks
  • Hours vary Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Occasional evening & weekend hours may be required

Program at a Glance
Evening/Weekend
Division

  • Approximately 10 weeks
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday, hours vary 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Occasional daytime hours may be required during the week

Admission Criteria

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a required overall grade point average of 2.0 or better; or a GED certificate. (High School Seniors, graduating no later than June, are eligible to apply for summer or fall programs if their GPA is 2.0 or higher at time of application and a positive recommendation from their Guidance Counselor has been provided).
  • Satisfactory score on the preadmission entrance test.
  • Must be able to meet essential requirements of the program.
  • Official TOEFL results if English is your second language. Minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based).
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens by birth must provide immigration or citizenship documentation.
  • Documentation of previous health care experience (including volunteer hours) is recommended.
  • Current or past employees of Riverside Health System will be evaluated for job performance and eligibility for rehire.

Admission is on a competitive basis. Riverside College of Health Careers reserves the right to select those applicants who are deemed best qualified for both the program of study and potential employment by Riverside Health System.

Application and Tuition Information

Institutional Accreditation
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Riverside College of Health Careers is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).