Nursing Assistant Training

Central Community College offers the 76-hour training required by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for registry and for employment as a nursing assistant. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to take the state competency examination, which consists of a written and skills test. 

Nursing assistants -- also known as nurse aides, orderlies, patient care technicians and home health aides -- assist patients with daily living tasks. They work in nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities, assisted living facilities and private homes. Being a nursing assistant can also be a stepping stone to becoming an LPN, RN or other health professional. Job prospects for nursing assistants are expected to be excellent due to the increasing long-term-care needs of an aging population.

Upcoming Nursing Assistant Classes

Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry

To be placed on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry, the state of Nebraska requires that individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must have no convictions of crime involving moral turpitude.
  • Must be able to speak and understand the English language or a language understood by a substantial portion of the health care facility population.
  • Must successfully complete a basic course of training and competency evaluation program for Nursing Assistants approved by the Nebraska Department of Health.

State competency examination for recertification testing is also available at certain locations.


If you have questions about nursing assistant classes or recertification testing, contact the Community and Workforce Education office nearest you for more information.

Columbus Campus

Jeanne Micek

 Holdrege Center

Elena Olson King

Ord Learning Center

Crystal Ramm

Grand Island Campus

Kellie Newhouse

Kearney Center

Ruth Kirkland

Hastings Campus

Rachel Brehm

Lexington Center

Cheryl Bowers-Richardson