Become a Certified

Nursing Assistant

  • Flexible Online Training for Working Adults
  • In-Person Lab Skills
  • Clinical Training in a Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Job Placement Assistance

Day and Evening Classes Available

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Course Requirements

First aid training to transfer patient


WHO WE ARE MeritLife Academy

We exist to provide access to quality Healthcare instruction to everyone, anytime and anywhere.

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Clinical Training Academy in East Texas

MeritLife Academy is a reliable clinical training institute in East Texas founded upon a solid background of over 25 years of experience in nursing in long-term care. We enable students to participate in nurse aide training with our online Red Cross Curriculum.

We welcome you to the heart of nursing with our blended learning program, including a virtual classroom, face-to-face skills lab, and clinical rotation.

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Our Services & Facilities

MeritLife Academy offers nurse aide training services in four different facilities in this region to match the students' geography for the clinical experience. We are always excited to share our experience and love of direct patient care with you. We have facilities throughout East Texas and rotate biweekly skills lab/clinical training.

Regulations & Certifications

MeritLife Academy is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges (pending), Austin, Texas, and Texas Health and Human Services (pending), Austin, Texas. We strive to offer the best training experience to our students and prepare them to offer excellent health care.

Any student must be able to pass the background and employability check, along with certain immunizations and health records. If you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to connect with us.

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MeritLife Academy Officers-Staff

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John Gruber

Administrator-Financial Officer-Owner

John has a long history with administration and accounting through his company Sunnyland Software LLC and Just Whistle Junction, with 20-plus years of experience as owner administrator. He brings his wealth of knowledge to MeritLife Academy as Administrator, Financial Officer, and owner.

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Betty Gruber RN


Betty has been a practicing RN since 1992, working initially in the hospital setting, in Home Health, and in 1996 in a nursing home in Jefferson, Texas, where she found her passion in nursing to be working with the elderly in long-term-care facilities. Betty also worked at Panola College for over 4 years, from 1996-2020, as the Director of the Nurse Aide program there.

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Bailey Harvey


Bailey is the first representative for MeritLife Academy. She joined our team through her work in MeritLife CPR, and her bright, outgoing personality makes her a perfect fit as a representative for MeritLife Academy. Bailey is continuing her education with a heart to becoming a Labor Delivery nurse.