Nurse Assistant (Aide)

Become a Certified Nurse Aide. Classes are offered year-round.

About the program:

In order to meet the rising demand for trained personnel in the health care industry, Kilgore College offers Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) courses for fast-track training that produces successful graduates sought after for entry-level positions in the field.  The CNA program will provide the skills, knowledge and abilities essential to providing basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. You will learn about resident’s rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety.

The nursing assistant program consists of two continuing education courses that total 112 hours in length.

View the CNA Syllabus (pdf)

CE Program:


View informational flier (pdf)

Day Class Dates (2023) - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday:

  • Jan. 17 to Feb. 3, 2023
  • Feb. 13 to March 3, 2023
  • March 20 to April 10, 2023
  • April 17 to May 5, 2023
  • May 15 to June 6, 2023

(NOTE: Clinical sites can be within a 45-mile radius of Longview.)

Nursing Entrance Exam Review:

Nursing Entrance Exam Review (VNSG 1091, 18 Hours) is a focused review of concepts present in the Test of Essential Academic Skills or ATI TEAS. The ATI TEAS is the exam used for assessing a student’s preparedness for entering health science fields. Course topics include reading, English and language usage, mathematics and science.

Course information:


Nurse Assistant

Application Checklist - How to Apply and What is Required

1) Get Started

Background Check & Drug Test: Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance Services (DATCS), $46. The DATCS form is located in the Nurse Assistant Registration Packet attached. Results will be emailed to the college. Must be completed no earlier than 30 days before the class you are attending starts.

Registration Form: The WDCE registration form is located in the Nurse Assistant Information Packet. The form may be scanned and emailed to Sonja Moore.

Applicants must have clear background and drug screen results before payment can be submitted for classes.

2) Tuition, Fees & Textbooks

Total = $720 due a week before class begins, consists of following:

  • Tuition:  $580 for classroom and clinical courses. Nurse Aide classes are not eligible for Financial Aid.
  • Insurance: $15
  • State Exam Fee:  $125

Textbook: $32, Fuzy, J. (2019). Hartman's, Nursing Assistant Care: The Basics (5th Ed.).Albuquerque, NM. Hartman Publishing, Inc.
*Bring the required textbook to class the first day. Study abbreviations (page 250 in textbook) for a test on the second day of class.

Workbook: $14, Alvare Hedman, S. (Ed.) (2019). Workbook for Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care. The Basics (5th Ed.). Albuquerque, NM, Hartman Publishing, Inc.

3) Supplies, Immunizations & Physical Requirements

Supplies & uniform can be purchased at Scrubs Galore-N-More, 815 N. Fourth St. in Longview.

  • Gait belt/transfer belt
  • Stethoscope
  • Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff, analog ONLY, no digital)
  • Uniform: White uniform with royal blue student apron, available at Scrubs Galore N More at 815 N.  Fourth St., Longview. Uniform is required the first class day. On the first class day, instructor will explain the uniform and professional appearance (ex., facial piercings, unnaturally colored hair, and artificial nails. Your name tag will be your student ID.
  • Watch: with second hand.
  • White shoes: Closed toe with nonslip soles.
  • Immunizations: (Required) Due before the first class day. Shot record form is in the nurse assistant registration packet.
  • Physical Requirements: Students must be physically & mentally able to perform the necessary tasks and skills required of a nursing assistant including adequate vision and hearing as well as transferring, moving, ambulating or lifting patients on a regular basis.

Testing for state certification is conducted by Prometric. To get information about the test, please visit this website:

Other Nursing Programs Offered at KC

For information about Nurse Assistant:

Jackie McDonald, MSN, RN
Program Director, Instructor
Nursing Assistant Program
(903) 983-8163
Woodruff Adult Education Center (AEC), 102
Sonja Moore
Support Specialist
(903) 983-8204
Woodruff Adult Education Center (AEC), 100