Earn-As-You-Learn CNA Apprenticeship

This is a PAID training class with classroom and clinical hours on a day shift schedule. Training is accelerated and lasts approximately 6 weeks with rotating weekends for On-the­-Job Training. Full participation is required.

Classes are held at our state-of-the-art Employment, Education and Enrichment (EEE) Center and James River Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Newport News, Virginia. Hours may vary between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Upon successful completion of the training class, you will be placed in one of our facilities as a full-time Certified Nurse Aide on one of three shifts. You will be asked your preference on facility location/shift prior to program graduation, and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences. Virginia Health Services will also cover the costs associated with registering for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program exam for state Nurse Aide certification.

The Earn-As-You-Learn program is available at no cost to you with a 12-month education agreement.

2024 Class Dates Announced


*All dates are tentative and subject to change



Why Virginia Health Services?

Locally owned and headquartered in Newport News, Virginia since 1963, Virginia Health Services offers exceptional senior living and health care services. Our 1,200+ employees are passionate and committed to the well-being and quality care of our residents.

We believe in quality of life and want to help you live your best life too!

Recognizing you have many options; Virginia Health Services is committed to investing in its Team Members and offers the following benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Earned wage access – hourly Team Members can get paid before payday
  • Group Health insurance including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings account
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and personal days
  • 401 (k) retirement savings plan with an employer contribution annual basis.
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Referral program


  • Maintains resident rooms and nursing unit in accordance with infection control standards.
  • Maintains accurate, complete and timely documentation of resident care.
  • Works with the interdisciplinary team to assist in achieving planned resident goals.


  • Certified Nursing Assistant in good standing with Virginia Board of Nursing.
  • High School Diploma required.
  • Experience/ education in Gerontological Nursing preferred.
  • Computer knowledge preferred.
  • Ability to read, write, analyze, and interpret information.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and move up to 50 pounds.