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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 48 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. 



Therapeutic Massage Program

Contact Holly Foster, LMBT NC#1838, Program Coordinator at (336) 838-6411 or  holly.foster@wilkescc.edu for more information regarding this program. 


North Carolina requires individuals to obtain a Massage and Bodywork Therapy License in order to legally practice massage in this state.  In order to become licensed, a person must complete a minimum of a 500-hour foundational program in therapeutic massage from a board approved school, pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam, and be of good moral character as determined by the NC Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (www.bmbt.org). 


The Therapeutic Massage Program at Wilkes Community College is 660-hours.  It is offered at the WCC Main Campus.  This program provides participants with the basic information and skills needed to qualify them to take the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).  This is the exam that is recognized by the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (NC BMBT) as part of the licensing application process.  All massage therapists in NC must be licensed by the NC BMBT. 


Course work in the Therapeutic Massage Program includes: Fundamental Massage Techniques, Business, Professional Ethics and NC Law, Proper Body Mechanics, Personal Wellness & Self-Care, Client Assessment & Charting, Introduction to Additional Modalities, Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology, Human Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Research Literacy and Somatic Psychology.  Most courses are delivered with both a lecture and a hands-on component in our classroom, and student lab.  Additionally, students are required to participate in the practical application of techniques learned during their in-class time during our student clinic and as assigned homework. 


The Therapeutic Massage Program is approximately 34-weeks long.  Each program runs from August to May and is divided into two (2) terms.  Our classes are conducted from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM Monday through Thursday during both terms.  In addition to these class meeting times, the on-campus student clinic operates on select Fridays during the second term from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Students are required to complete 100% of the course, and maintain an 80% or better in all courses in order to successfully complete the program. 


Persons wishing to enter the program must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of class, be a high school graduate (or equivalent), and be of good moral character according to the NC BMBT standards (*).   Students must complete a WCC Medical Form including an immunization record, a program enrollment agreement, a technical standards agreement, and a clinical education agreement.  There can be no exceptions to these requirements. 


An individual considering becoming a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist should possess the following qualities and abilities:  a relaxed personality and a mature, professional demeanor.  They should enjoy working with people.  They should possess strong communication skills (both verbal and written).  They should be able to stand for long periods of time and have good manual dexterity.  A strong aptitude for human sciences is strongly recommended. 


(*)The NC Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy may deny a person a license to practice massage if they have a criminal record ? including any outstanding or unresolved charges, including being on probation or parole -- or are otherwise found to not be of good moral character.  See NC GS 90-629.1 for further details.