Nursing Assistant Program Overview

Nursing assistants are an essential part of the healthcare industry.  Often times they are responsible for carrying out patient care assignments as determined by a registered nurse in a safe and effective manner.  Many nursing assistants are responsible for helping patients with bathing, feeding, and dressing. They also perform support functions such as transporting patients, taking vital signs, making beds, and answering patient calls.  Once certified, many nursing assistants will be able to start a career in a hospital, nursing home, and many other health care settings with the knowledge and skills to provide quality care.

Program Advantages

  • Small class size
  • Only 4 weeks to a new career
  • Experienced, professional instructors
  • Hands-on training
  • Job placement assistance available
  • Flexible day and evening courses
  • Onsite CPR training
  • Exclusive contract with local nursing homes to provide hands-on learning
  • Classes available every month

Those who have already completed the Nursing Assistant program, please click the link below to fill out the Course Evaluation Survey:

Course Evaluation Survey

Upcoming Schedule

Classes for Nursing Assistant Program

Note: Dates and times are subject to change.

(4 weeks)
Mar 01 – Mar 28, 2017
Day 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
(5 weeks)
Apr 03 – May 05, 2017
Evening 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(4 weeks)
May 01 – May 26, 2017
Day 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
(5 weeks)
Jun 01 – Jun 28, 2017
Evening 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(4 weeks)
Jul 03 – Jul 31, 2017
Day 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
(5 weeks)
Aug 01 – Sep 01, 2017
Evening 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(4 weeks)
Sep 01 – Sep 29, 2017
Day 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
(5 weeks)
Oct 02 – Nov 03, 2017
Evening 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
(4 weeks)
Nov 01 – Nov 30, 2017
Day 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
(5 weeks)
Dec 01 – Jan 07, 2018
Evening 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Apply for the Nursing Assistant Program?

In order to apply for the Nursing Assistant Program, you must first enroll by filling out our online application.  To enroll, you can click the Enroll Today button at the bottom of this page, or just click here. Once you complete the online application, you have the option to pay for your registration fees on our payments page.

I Filled Out the Online Application. Am I Enrolled in the Class Now?

No. In order to complete your enrollment you must come in to 901 First St. NW Washington, DC 20001 to take your entrance exam in order to be enrolled into class. When you come in, you must bring with you:

  • A Government Issued ID (Drivers License, Passport, Military ID)
  • Your Social Security Card
  • Proof of High School Diploma or G.E.D
  •  A $50 (money order, credit/debit card, or cashiers check) payment for your application and entrance exam fees.

VMT Education Center does not accept cash we only accept these forms of payment:

  • Money Order
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Cashier’s Check

Do I Have to Make an Appointment to Come In?

No appointments are necessary but we do encourage you to make an appointment to register for classes.  You can come in any day Monday through Friday between 9:00AM – 5:00PM to register for the program of your choice.

What is the Entrance Exam?

The entrance exam is a simple 12 minute basic (5th– 6th Grade Level) reading and math comprehension test administered by Wonderlic.  This test is used only to assure that you have the basic skills necessary to comprehend the information that will be taught in class. You must score a minimum of (15) in order to pass and come to the VMT Education Center to take the exam.

What's the Cost of Nursing Assistant Program?

The tuition for the Nursing Assistant training program is $950The registration fee, uniforms, and supplies, and D.C. Board Exam are not included in your tuition costs.

VMT does offer a payment plan option.  With the Payment Plan, you would just need to put $350 down on or before the first day of class and we are fairly flexible about how the rest is paid out prior to the ending of class.

Full Balance Must Be Paid by 3rd Week of Class. 

What Does My Tuition Pay For?

If you are enrolling in the Nursing Assistant program, your tuition covers Textbooks & Handouts, Clinical Instructions, Certificate of Training, and Certificate Registration Form.

If you are taking the Bridge Program, your tuition covers Textbooks & Handouts, Laboratory Instructions, Certificate of Training, and the course gives you the ability to take the board exam after passing.

Do I Have to Wear a Uniform to Class?

Yes. Nursing Assistant students are required to wear white medical scrubs during all class sessions.  VMT does not provide or sell uniforms but we do have a partnership with a company called Fenton’s Uniforms that provides a 20% discount on all items.

You are not required to make your purchase from Fenton’s.

Once I Finish Classes, Can I Start Working Right Away?

Not so fast.  Once you complete our program, you must then submit your application to the DC Board of Nursing and take only the written portion of the board exam.  Once you pass, only then will you be licensed to practice as a CNA in the District of Columbia.

Where Do I Mail My Board Exam Application?

You should mail it to the American Red Cross located at the address below. It takes 4-6 weeks for processing, so feel free to call them directly to check on the status of your application.

American Red Cross
1804 North Sixth Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102

(888) 399-7729

I Have a CNA License from Out-of-State. Can I Transfer it to a DC License?

In most instances you can however there are some restrictions.  For more information please contact Pearson Vue at:

888-274-6060 or visit http://www.pearsonvue.com/dc/nurseaides/

What Happens If I Fail the Class?

There are two components to the training for both the HHA and the Nursing Assistant training.  The first is theory and the second is skills.   The candidate must complete the first part of the training (theory) to advance to the second part of the training. Theory must be completed with a grade of 80% or higher to advance to the second part of the training which is the clinical rotation.  If the candidate achieves less than a a grade of 80% for theory, they will not be allowed to advance to clinical rotation and subsequently will have to drop the class. The candidate may start over and take the training for the full cost of the program with an upcoming session. If the candidate does not pass the skills test, they are allowed to take the test again at a later date.  If they pass the skill test they are allowed to go to clinical rotation with another clinical session.  This candidate will not complete their training with the original session but they will complete the training when the clinical days have been completed.

What Happens If I Fail the Board Exam?

The candidate is allowed to take the exam up to three times within a 24 month period. If you fail the skills portion of the exam you must take it again and the fees must be paid as indicated by the DC board of Nursing for the exam that is required.  To retake the skills examination is $65 and to retake the written portion is $40.

If you do not pass the examination within the 24-month period or fail the examination three times, the candidate will have to enroll in the Nursing Assistant training program again.

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