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Geriatric Aide


Building on the competencies obtained in the Nurse Aide I curriculum, the Geriatric Aide curriculum educates a new category of worker, an aide with special skills in Geriatrics. The curriculum content serves as the core of the program, with principles of person-centered care incorporated throughout. While the curriculum is specific to the needs of residents in nursing homes, the program is applicable to any setting in which the older adult lives.

The goal of the program is to build on existing proficiencies and develop specific skills to address the complex needs of individuals in long-term care. Utilizing a "best practices" approach, this program pays special attention to adapting enhanced care strategies to meet the needs of older people, addressing issues of nutrition and hydration, managing and controlling pain, dealing with behavioral symptoms, palliative care, and coping with caregiver stress. The Geriatric Aide will work with other members of the healthcare team to positively impact the care of older people.

The course will consist of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences based on the Division of Health Service Regulation requirements.

Upon completion, candidates are eligible for listing as a Geriatric Aide with the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry.

Employment Opportunities

  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Any setting where older adult lives

Program Length

Classroom/Lab theory 112 hrs
Clinical Externship 48 hrs
TOTAL 160 hours

Program Costs

Amount due at Registration:

Registration fee $ 175.00
Mandatory Liability Insurance $ 5.00
Student Accident Insurance $ 1.25
TOTAL $ 181.25
  • Students may not attend class until all fees are paid.
  • The primary Geriatric Aide textbook is FREE to all enrolled students.
  • FirstPoint Resources will charge a fee to complete the Criminal Background information. Please obtain fee information when registering for this class.
  • TB skin test results (current within the past 12 months)
  • Evidence of starting/completing the Hepatitis B series (or signed declination)
  • Refer to the instructor for facility's dress code policy.

Student Admission Requirements

  • Any adult 18 years or older
  • US issued High School diploma or GED or pass entrance exam scheduled prior to class
  • US issued Social Security Card and Driver's License. Note: name on both documents must be identical or matching
  • Current NAI Registry listing documentation
  • Current CPR certification documentation including Adult, Child, Infant with AED and Abdominal Thrust, from
    • AHA = Healthcare Providers
    • ARC = Professional Rescuer
  • Successful completion of Healthcare Readiness Course
  • Criminal Background Check through FirstPoint = CBC results required prior to class orientation
  • Immunizations as listed above under "cost"

Program Completion Requirement

  • Students must maintain course average of 75 or better
  • Clinical shall be graded based on pass/fail: the student must successfully demonstrate enhanced clinical skills in a safe, competent, and confident manner.
  • Adhere to the Geriatric Aide attendance policy: Absences will result in assigned make-up work.
  • Students may not exceed the following limits:
    • Classroom/laboratory: 12 hours
    • Clinical: 8 hours