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Admission Steps

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course prepares the student to provide hands on personal care in numerous settings, such as a hospital, long-term care, assisted living, home health or hospice.

The course meets the Federal and Idaho State requirements for the training of CNAs. The class consists of 88 hours of classroom/lab instruction and 32 hours of clinical experience led by an RN instructor. 

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is qualified to take the skills and written exams which will place them on the Idaho CNA registry. Opportunities abound for immediate employment and it is a great foundation for many other health care professions, such as nursing, radiology technologist and surgical technologist.

There are specific requirements for enrollment in our career technical programs.  Students should be familiar with demands of a particular occupation and how that occupation matches with their individual career interests and goals. The specific requirements are established by the technical program.  A student who does not meet the established requirements for entrance into a program will have an opportunity to participate in the appropriate level courses to improve their skills for program consideration.  The program requirements and admission procedures can be obtained by contacting the program advisor.


With new requirements being requested by our industry partners we are now requesting the following to be completed by students before enrolling in a CNA course.

American Databank and Complio are now set up and uploading can begin at this time. Please continue to check this website frequently for updates.

  • Student creates an account with American Databank for background check ($50) (in some cases there may be additional fees) 
  • Student creates an account with Complio within American Databank for immunization tracker ($12 one year subscription) (Use department Allied HealthNext two bulleted items need to be uploaded to this Complio account:
  •  Immunizations uploaded, (COVID, a current TB immunization and a current Flu vaccination.) 
  • CSI Drug Screen Consent Form
  • 7 Panel Drug Screen (Preferred Physician's Immediate Care Center) (to be sent by drug testing facility directly to HSHS Staff) (For Hailey and Burley students, Sterling Urgent Care is available. You will need to take a copy of this flyer.)

Complete Step-by-Step Instructions and forms.

 Additional step-by-step instructions for American Databank account setup.

Post-Acceptance Steps

Once complete with all requirements, student should notify HSHS office staff for CNA course registration steps:

Lee Ann Erickson (208) 732-6700

Rae Jean Larsen (208) 732-6701

Matilda Wolfe (208) 732-6702


The CNA course is a ten-week course. (Beginning fall 2022 the course increased to ten-weeks.) In the fall and spring semesters there are two sets of courses offered and one set of courses offered in the summer semester:


  • August - October
  • October - December


  • January - March
  • February - May


  • June - July

We have four sites that offer these courses potentially at varying times:

  • Gooding High School
  • Jerome High School
  • Mini-Cassia Center
  • Twin Falls Main Campus

Classes are offered for six (6) credits or zero (0) credits. Please see CSI Workforce site for registration information on zero credit courses.

Once registered for the course, you can purchase your textbook (Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care) AND a CNA Handbook at the CSI Bookstore, located in the Taylor Building.