certified nurse aide (cna)

Sims Academy students are able to build a strong foundation for their medical careers through our dual enrollment partnership with Lanier Technical College. In this program, highly qualified instructors from Lanier Technical College teach students in the Career and Technical Education programs available to students through Sims Academy.

A career as a nurse aide can be gratifying for those who are drawn to healthcare and enjoy helping others. It can be emotionally rewarding for those who value making a difference in the lives of others by improving the quality of life for individuals who need help because of illness, age, or disability.

The main role of a Nurse Aide is to provide basic care to patients who are unable to manage their needs alone. This can include bathing, feeding, or other activities in daily life. Nurse aides also take vital signs and record information about a patient’s condition. As a result, a these persons serve as an invaluable link between a patient and the rest of their healthcare team. Nurse Aides may also work with medical technology, including billing software, health information software, and/or medical record charting software. On the job, Nurse Aides report to either registered nurses or licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses.

certification Information

This program prepares graduates to receive a Nurse Aide certificate from Lanier Technical College, which qualifies them to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) test upon program completion. Successful completion of the NNAAP is required for employment in the state of Georgia as a Certified Nurse Aide. These courses will also provide students with a jumpstart to their future diploma or degree-level studies.


A graduation plan is available below. For specific information about how you can complete this program, please contact Sims Academy.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1
12th Grade
NAST 2105
Nurse Aid Fundamentals
ENGL 1101 
Composition & Rhetoric
ENGL 1102 
Literature & Composition
Work-Based Learning

* We recommend that students begin this cohort in the 12th grade because the licensing exam requires them to be 18 years old.


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