Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship

Program Description

The Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship Program is a 150-hour non-credit program that prepares students with no background in the field for employment in acute care settings. The course duration is 5 weeks consisting of 22 hours per week independent study and 3 hours via two 90-minute Zoom classes plus 16 hours at Queen’s Hospital Systems plus 9 hours for CPR/First Aid certification. Students (Apprentices) are asked to be simultaneously employed as nurse assistants, or at minimum, actively seeking employment as a nurse assistant.

Nurse Assistants work in acute emergency and clinical care settings. They help patients with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and checking vital signs. Nurse Assistants are a vital component of the medical team as they spend the most amount of time hands-on giving direct care to patients. They also observe and record changes in a patient’s condition or behavior and report to the nurse and attending physician. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of nurse assistants is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations in the next decade. Wages can range from $15 to $17 per hour.

Program Info

Program Dates & Schedule

Section Dates

To be scheduled and announced. We will be recruiting for potential students.

Meeting Days and Times

5-week course consisting of 22 hours per week independent study and 3 hours via two 90- minute Zoom classes plus 16 hours at QHS plus 9 hours for CPR/First Aid certification

Program Admission

Step one: Attend a mandatory information session conducted online through Zoom on one of the following dates and times. No appointment is needed. If you do not have the Zoom application on your device, please be sure to download and create your account.

Zoom meeting link —

Or access meeting with Zoom meeting ID: 930 4729 9098

  • October 15, 2020 Thursday 5pm to 6pm  — Via Zoom
  • November 5, 2020 Thursday 5pm to 6pm — Via Zoom
  • November 19, 2020 Thursday 5pm to 6pm — Via Zoom

To qualify for program entry, you must meet the following prerequisites with supporting documentation provided to the program coordinator after the information session. Documents will not be accepted before or during the information session that you plan to attend.

  • Evidence of minimum one (1) successful college course completion in any subject above 100 level.
  • Other acceptable substitutions include high school GPA of 2.0 or higher;
  • COMPASS or Acuplacer scores with placement levels at College English
  • passing grades in high school English;
  • acceptable levels of SAT or ACT scores;
  • prior college degree;
  • certificate of vocational training in any subject.

Step two: Admission into this program is on a First Qualified, First Accepted Basis. After attending the scheduled information session, you will be provided with an application form and instructions on how to submit supporting documents that meet the minimum prerequisites to qualify for entry into this course.

Step three: Our office will review all applications and if approved, the student will be automatically registered and will receive a registration receipt through email.

Financial Aid and Tuition Cost:

Qualified students’ tuition will be covered through grant funding from U.S Dept. of Labor State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant. Those that do not qualify for the grant subsidy may pay the usual tuition of $3,000

Contact Information


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