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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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Prepare yourself for employment opportunities as a nursing assistant in extended care facilities, hospitals, home health and hospice situations. This course meets the requirements for Idaho certification of nursing assistants. Clinical hours may be outside normal class hours, but students will be provided clinical dates at least one month in advance. This is a time-sensitive course. Please consider other commitments and use discretion before registering for the course.

Note: While a background check in not required for the program, it will be upon hire after successful completion.

This course meets the following requirements for Idaho registration of nursing assistants: (1) 88 hours of classroom instruction (including discussion, videos, hands-on lab experiences), (2) 32 hours of actual clinical experience in community health care facilities, (3) guidance preparing for manual skills testing and written exam as required by the State of Idaho for placement on the state nurse aide registry.

Additional costs include: Textbooks, BLS Healthcare Provider CPR training, certification testing fees, clinical attire, clinical tools and immunizations. Clinical hours may be outside normal class hours, but student will be provided clinical dates at least two weeks in advance. Each class is limited to 20 seats.

In alignment with state requirements, students are required to attend 100% of the course to complete the program successfully.


Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Board of Nursing, Idaho Division of Career Technical Education

Program Highlights:

  • Prepared for immediate employment as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) upon program completion and state testing.
  • Convenience: Courses offered monthly. Both day and evening classes available in Pocatello.
  • A Web Hybrid CNA course is offered with half the face-to-face time.
  • High demand field with high job placement rates.
  • All instructors: 1) have over ten years experience as a Registered Nurse; 2) exceed the requirements of the Idaho Board of Nursing and Idaho Division of Career Technical Education for teaching the course; and 3) have taken the state-approved course on teaching adult students.

Computer requirements:

A computer and hard drive with adequate memory, high-speed Internet access, Adobe Flash Player, basic Microsoft package (Word), Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209