Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training

The national demand for healthcare professionals is high creating significant job opportunities for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). CNAs care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the supervision of physicians, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. You can earn CNA certification in just six weeks at Drake State Community & Technical College.

Apply Here

Click HERE to access the CNA application. Completed applications must be submitted via email to Health Sciences Assistant Rebecca Sims below:

Rebecca Sims
Health Sciences Assistant
(256) 551-3156
rebecca.sims@drakestate.edu

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.

2021 Course Calendar Dates

The CNA program will be offered in a 6-week hybrid format with the theory instruction offered online, and the lab and clinical live and on-site.

June 29 - July 24
July 27 - August 21
August 24 - September 18
September 21 - October 16
October 19 - November 20

Class, Lab, Clinical Meeting Times and Locations (see course calendar for specific dates).

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Theory

8-1pm
On Campus
Building 100
 

Theory

8-1pm
Online

 

Theory

8-1pm
Online

 

Lab

8-12pm
On Campus
Building 100
RM102

Theory

8-1pm
On Campus
Building 100
 

Theory

8-1pm
Online

 

Theory

8-1pm
Online

 

Lab

8-12pm
On Campus
Building 100
RM102

Theory

8-1pm
on Campus
Building 100
 

Theory

8-1pm
online

 

Theory

8-1pm
online

 

Lab

8-12pm
On Campus
Building 100
RM102

Theory

8-10am
online

 

Clinical

7:30-4pm
Location will be Announced
 

Clinical

7:30-4pm
Location will be Announced
 

Final Exam

On Campus
Building 100
Time will be Announced

Requirements

– Provide proof of a negative TB skin test and Hepatitis Series B immunization
– Provide proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
– At least 16 years old
– Completed application

Cost and Refund Policy

The cost of the CNA training is $1,030.00. This include books, tuition, and fee for the certification exam. Must be paid in full before the first class. Payments must be made at the business office card or cash.

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.

Pell grants of other financial aid will not pay for this class. You may apply for WIOA funding. 

For more information or to apply visit drakestate.edu, call the Health Sciences program at (256) 551-3156 or email

nur@drakestate.edu.

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