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Health Care Classes

Call Larry Taylor at (336) 838-6204, larry.taylor@wilkescc.edu
for information on the following programs:

Nurse Aide I

The Nurse Aide I (192 hours) course prepares graduates to provide personal care and perform basic nursing skills for the elderly and other adults. Upon satisfactory completion of the training course, graduates will receive instructions concerning their State Competency Test for listing on the NC Dept of Human Resources Division of Facility Services NA I registry. 


Nurse Aide II

The Nurse Aide II (180 hours) is designed to prepare students to function under the supervision of a professional nurse performing certain sterile nursing procedures and tasks involved in the person's care. Upon satisfactory completion of the course and the skills/competency evaluation, graduates are eligible to apply for listing on the North Carolina Board of Nurse Aide II registry in Raleigh. Prerequisites include current NC NA I certification, high school diploma or GED, proof of active NA I employment in the last 12 months or completed the NA I course in the last six months, valid American Heart Association CPR certification (not Red Cross), and up-dated immunizations. 


Nurse Aide Refresher

The Nurse Aide Refresher evaluation course (40 hours) is designed primarily for nursing assistants who have successfully completed an approved Division of Facility Services training program but have let their certification lapse (no more than 24 months) or someone coming from another state and needing to be listed on the NA-I registry in NC. Applicants must provide proof of previous NA-I certification. The course includes: 

  • theory 
  • review 
  • skills practice 
  • practice testing 

Upon successful completion of the refresher course, the student will be eligible to apply for the N. C. State Competency Test. 


Pharmacy Technician Training

This course (96 hours) is designed for individuals who will be trained to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The course provides the student with basic knowledge and skills required to work as a technician in a retail or hospital pharmacy. Applicant must have a high school diploma or GED and strong math skills. Topics covered include: 

  • drug classification 
  • drug distribution 
  •  anatomy and physiology as related to disease and drug therapy 
  • laws and regulations of pharmacy practice  

Upon satisfactory completion, students are instructed how to apply for their National Certification Examination (currently $129.00). The exam is usually given 3 times per year in various locations across the state (closest Winston Salem). 



This course is 180 contact hours and is designed to provide a general overview of specimens for laboratory testing. Students are also taught how to perform venipuncture and capillary (finger) sticks. Students practice on each other in class/lab before doing the clinical portion of the course. Upon completion of the course, the student will be well trained, proficient and employable phlebotomist. After completion of this course and documentation of required successful "sticks" students can apply for the National Examination through The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians. 


Medication Aide

Applicants must be currently listed on the NC Nurse Aide-I registry in Raleigh. This 24 hour course cover the basic preparation for administration of medications by unlicensed persons in a variety of settings. No absences allowed. Pre-registration and screening is mandatory. The course is designed to prepare students to take the State Competency Test required for listing on the NC Medication Aide Registry.