Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

Program Description:

As a Nursing Assistant a graduate will be qualified to care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the supervision of physicians, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. This course fulfills the OBRA (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation ACT) requirements for training of long-term care nursing assistants in preparation for certification through competency evaluation. Emphasis is placed on the development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills required of the long-term care nursing assistant. Upon completion of this course, the student should demonstrate satisfactory performance on written examinations and clinical skills.

More information is available through the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings for Certified Nursing Assistants as reported by the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:

  • The median hourly earnings are $11.46.
  • The middle 50 percent earn between $9.71 and $13.76 per hour.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $15.97 per hour.

Skills Needed

Success as a Certified Nursing Assistant requires a caring and empathetic nature, emotional stability due to the stress of caring for persons with health issues, the ability to follow orders and to work under close supervision.

Types of Programs Offered

This is a 10-day intensive program which meets Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm on the Drake State Main Campus (3421 Meridian Street), Room #517.

2018 Classes:

February 26 - March 9, 2018

March 19 - March 30, 2018

May 7 - May 18, 2018

June 18 - June 29, 2018

July 9 - July 20, 2018

September 10 - September 21, 2018

December 3 - December 14, 2018

Course requirements

You must obtain proof of a TB Skin Test & Hepatitis Series B Immunization tests from your physician or health clinic. Proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification is also required.BLS course available at Drake State.

Uniforms of white scrubs must be purchased.

Click here for program information package including flyer, registration form, and FAQs.

Refund Policy

75% of the tuition will be refunded to the applicant if the applicant withdraws within two business days before start of class. If the student does not show up for class, they may apply for a 50% refund provided the application is made in writing within three days of start of the class. Refunds will not be issued after this time.

Financial Aid will not pay for this class.

For more information contact Jan Hyman at – 256-551-3156 or jan.hyman@drakestate.edu