Nurse Aide

Nurse Aide / Nurse Aide

Become a Nurse Aide or aide, fully qualified and certified to provide superior clinical support for patients who need long-term care.

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What is a Nurse Aide?

A Nurse Aide provides direct care for patients in multiple settings under the direction of a LPN or an RN. Nurse Aides roles include providing for hygiene, comfort, exercise, safety as well as observing and reporting patient/client conditions. Often Nurse Aides provide emotional support to clients as well as families during a healthcare encounter.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
low: $44k med: $59k high: $79k

What are my career choices?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Long term care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Home Care Agencies
Nursing Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Nursing $59,370
Practical Nursing $50,399
Medication Aide $32,411
Medicaid Nurse Aide $32,411

JCTC- Nurse Aide Training Programs:

  • HST 104 (3.5 credit hours, includes CPR)
  • NAA 100 (3.0 credit hours, doesn’t include CPR)


  • To enroll in the nurse aide courses:
    • If you are not a current student, then you would need to enroll in the college.
    • If you are a current student, then you can enroll by signing into the JCTC student-service online.
      • Students enrolling in HST 104, once enrolled will need to start checking their Jefferson student email account for information about requirements that will need to be completed before the 1st Day of Class. CastleBranch (Background check, Drug Screening, 2 Step Skin TB Tests, Hepatitis B Vaccination)
  • Classes are available throughout the year.
  • Please check the class schedule. Students can enroll in either class to prepare for going into the Nursing Program.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

  • Student’s will receive a certificate of completion for these courses with a passing grade.
  • Please apply below.

Medicaid Nurse Aide Certificate

Did you know by completing this course you are also eligible for a JCTC Certificate? What a way to celebrate your accomplishment and add to your resume by posting you have graduated from JCTC with a certificate! You can earn your Medicaid Nurse Aide certificate while studying towards your associate degree. Students that earn this certificate are invited to participate in graduation and receive a printed credential! Apply now so you can celebrate a milestone towards your degree!

Kentucky Nurse Aide Certification State Testing (KNAT) for the Nurse Aide Registry

In order to be listed on the State Nurse Aide Registry, a student successfully completing the course must take the state written examination and skill competency evaluation.

Students are eligible to take the state certification exam for one year from the date that they completed their training.

  • All test applicants must register to take the state exam in the Medicaid Nurse Aide Office: Located in the Health Sciences Hall – Room 450 (A) at 110 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202.
  • Applicants must bring a completed training certificate and also a $75 fee, Examination fee is non-refundable.
  • All test applicants must present a valid government picture ID (Driver’s License, Military ID, Passport) and a social security card on the date of the exam.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Patricia Huskey
Nurse Aide
Program Coordinator

Ashley Clark
Nurse Aide
Administrative Assistant