Certificate in Nursing Care Assistant: Details, Jobs & Salary

Do you want to pursue a course related to the field of nursing after 10th standard? If yes, this article will be of help to you. In this article, I’ve provided details about certificate course in Nursing Care Assistant (CNCA). The article covers topics like course details, eligibility criteria, admission process, career prospects and salary.

Nursing care assistant

Here is a quick overview of CNCA (Certificate in Nursing Care Assistant) course –

Name of the course CNCA (Certificate in Nursing Care Assistant)
Duration 1 year
Type of course Certificate (Paramedical)
Field Nursing care/Nursing
Fees Around 10-25K INR

CNCA: Basic details

CNCA is a paramedical course. It is a certificate degree course, not Diploma or Bachelor’s degree program! This course is enough to help one acquire key nursing assistant/aide skills and knowledge. After completing the course, one will be able to land entry level nursing assistant/aide job at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.

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Who is a nursing care assistant? What are his/her tasks? What’s it like to become a NCA? You’ll find answers to these questions in the coming paragraphs.


Nursing care assistants are allied healthcare professionals. They are not as qualified as registered nurses (RN).


Nursing care assistants are also known as nurse aides. They work alongside or under the supervision of qualified nurses (RNs) and Doctors.


In short, they work in tandem with Doctors and RNs. They usually are part of the nursing teams serving at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.


Nursing care assistants’ main tasks include-

  • Carry out tasks/instructions given by Doctors or nurses (RNs)
  • Serve meals to patients
  • Take care of patient hygiene (bathing them, cleaning their rooms, groom them etc)
  • Arrange equipment and accessories in patients’ rooms
  • Record patients’ body stats (pulse, weight, blood pressure etc)
  • Administer medications
  • Communicate with patients and their family members
  • Take patients for tests and treatment processes


To thrive in this profession, one must possess qualities and traits like-

  • Genuine caring attitude towards patients
  • Good communication skills
  • Technical known-how
  • Nursing knowledge
  • Stamina and willingness to work for long hours (sometimes at odd timings)
  • Patience


Let us check out the course details now-


Certificate in Nursing Care Assistant: Course details

It is a paramedical course. CNCA is a certificate course. After completing the course, one won’t become a registered nurse. One will be able to work under nurses and Doctors. You may also check – OTT courses in India.


Course duration

The course is 1 year long. Some institutes are also known to offer short (6 months) duration CNCA course. Please note that the standard course is 1 year long.


Eligibility criteria

10th passed (or equivalent) from a recognized board is the minimum educational qualification required. Candidates must check the reputation and accreditation status of the institute though.


CNCA Admission process

Depending upon the institute, it could be direct admission process of merit based admission process.

CNCA syllabus

Important subjects covered in the curriculum includes –

  • Basics of nursing
  • First aid
  • Paediatric nursing
  • Epidemiology
  • Family health care nursing
  • Community health care nursing
  • Human anatomy
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology
  • Personal hygiene
  • Ward management
  • Ward hygiene & safety
  • Communication skills


CNCA scope & jobs

Diverse job opportunities exist in front of nursing care assistants. Government and private sector job opportunities are available in front of them.


Nursing care assistants/aides are usually hired by hospitals (Government and private), clinics, nursing homes, CHCs (Community Health Centres) and NGOs. Under such work setups, they function under the supervision and guidance of registered nurses and Doctors.


Nursing care assistants may also serve under home nurses.



Starting salary depends on factors like job location, profile of the employer and employee skills. Depending upon the above mentioned factors, starting salary of nursing care assistants could be anywhere between 5-8K Rupees per month.


If you are interested in better nursing related courses, you may try Diploma in Nursing Care Assistant course or other advanced nursing courses.

Arun Kallarackal
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3 thoughts on “Certificate in Nursing Care Assistant: Details, Jobs & Salary”

  1. Is this course avail in every institute…
    I have completed 10+1 and I have been working since 3 yrs in nursing home. Now I want to going for nursing care assistant certificate course. How can I apply for.

    Sonia chetry

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