A student in the Aims nurse aide certificate program
Nurse Aide

Program Admission Requirements

Nurse Aide Certificate Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the nurse aide certificate program requires you to attend a mandatory orientation session. This orientation session covers registration details and important information about class requirements.

At the end of the orientation, you can register for classes.

The nurse aide certificate program is in high demand, so it's important to follow the instructions below for orientation and program admission requirements.

Scheduling Your Nurse Aide/CNA Orientation

Contact the Testing Center at to schedule the Reading Accuplacer. This assessment must be completed prior to attending nurse aide orientation. 

You must attend the mandatory Aims nurse aide/CNA orientation in order to register for a nurse aide class.

Immediately after orientation, you'll be able to register for classes on a first-come, first-served basis. The order in which you sign up to attend orientation is the order in which you can register for classes at the end of the orientation. The doors lock at the hour. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must be present.

Plan Ahead to Attend the Nurse Aide/CNA Orientation

Please note that due to the high demand for the nurse aide/CNA certificate program, there is no guarantee that you will be able to register for classes, even if you are the first to arrive for orientation. For best results, plan to attend the May or June orientation to enroll in either summer or fall classes, or the July orientation to enroll in fall classes.

Upcoming orientation dates: 

  • May 9, 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Cornerstone Event Space
  • June 6, 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Location TBA 
  • July 11, 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Location TBA

Requirements Before Attending Your First Nurse Aide Class

  • Be a registered student at Aims 
  • Take the Reading ACCUPLACER or bring proof of a college-level English class to orientation, showing you passed with a C or better. 
    • Contact to schedule the test on the Greeley Campus
    • To schedule the test in Fort Lupton, please call (303) 857-4022
  • Attend the mandatory orientation session

Approximate Cost of the Nurse Aide Certificate Program

Tuition fees are based on residency. Check with the Admissions Office with any questions about district or state residency.
2019-2020 Estimated Costs
In District Out of District Out of State
*Tuition & Fees $396.80 $588.65 $2,186.25
*State Testing $135 per attempt $135 per attempt $135 per attempt
*Textbooks $52.55 $52.55 $52.55
*Clinical ID Badge $3.25 $3.25 $3.25
Gait Belt $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
*TB Skin Test varies varies varies
*Hepatitis B vaccine or titer varies varies varies
*Measles, Mumps & Rubella vaccine or titers varies varies varies
*Influenza Vaccine varies varies varies
*Background Check/Drug Screen $81.50 and up $81.50 and up $81.50 and up
*Uniform (two sets) $30/set/varies $30/set/varies $30/set/varies
*Estimated Total (excludes health requirement costs) $714.10 $905.95 $2,503.55

*Estimated costs - these estimates should be used only as a guide

*Prices are subject to change without notice