The Nursing Assistant program teaches the basic skills needed for careers in the health care field. During the first semester, students are taught body structure and function, diseases and disorders, nutrition, and medical terminology. Instruction in CPR and first aide are included during this time. During the second semester, students are prepared to pursue and explore career options. All students are given the opportunity to complete the required curriculum needed to take the state test for certification. Clinical experience in local nursing homes, the hospital, and home health are an integral part of the second semester. Students in the Nursing Assistant class are members of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to seek certification through the Virginia Board of Nursing. Students may also earn a credential through SkillsUSA. Nurse Aide is a one year program that is available to 11th and 12th grade students.