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Program Overview

As the top-rated program in the state of Georgia, the CNA Training Program at Athens Technical College teaches participants the necessary information and clinical skills needed to work as a Nurse Aide in a variety of healthcare settings including long-term, home care, hospice care, and acute care settings. The 12-week program prepares applicants to take the Georgia Certified Nurse Aide Certification Exam. This is a non-academic certificate offered by the Economic Development division in cycles about five times per year.

The 12-week program is taught through lectures, demonstrations, and exercises. It also includes supervised on-site clinicals in a nurse-care setting and a “boot camp” to prepare for the state certification exam. The course is facilitated by highly qualified instructors, and is approved by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Pass a drug test and background check
  • If under 24 yrs. old, achieve 7 on TABE test
  • Covid vaccine.

Program Fee – $2900.
Covers tuition, drug & background checks, scrubs and equipment. Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualified applicants.


  • Classroom: 8 AM – 2:30PM – two days per week, 5 ½ hrs. per day. Specific days TBD; 135 hours total.
  • Clinicals: 8 hours per day – 45 hours total

Specific Facility, Tools Or Educational Tools Available

Taught through the Economic Development Services Division at Athens Technical College, many applicants are eligible for funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC). The program fee and all required materials are covered for those who meet WIOA eligibility requirements.

Additional Details
Class Times Offered:
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Fully In Person
Additional Information:
Online Application & Hepatitis B Informed Consent Form
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Program Contact

Tiffany Barnett

Economic Development Coordinator

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