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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.

Pre-Admission Steps

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

Once pre-admission requirements are completed, the student will be contacted by one of the following HSHS office staff with registration instructions:

Lee Ann Erickson (208) 732-6700

Rae Jean Larsen (208) 732-6701

Matilda Wolfe (208) 732-6702

For spring 2025 registration, CPR course registration and $15 payment will be completed at time of registering for the CNA course.

The CNA course is typically an 8 week course. In the fall and spring semesters there are two sets of courses offered and one set of courses offered in the summer semester.

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) located in the Taylor Building.

Additional costs:

  • Textbook: $54.50
  • BLS CPR Certification: $15 (CPR registration and payment completed at time of CNA course registration, beginning spring 2025)
  • Tests: Manual Skills: $65.00, Written: $50.00

Cost may vary on the following:

  • Scrubs
  • Analog wristwatch with a second hand
  • Closed toed shoes
  • 3-Ring binder and pen
  • Drug Screen
  • Background check
  • TB test 
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Covid vaccine

Certified Nursing Assistant Program Brochure