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Certified Nursing Assistant Program


Alma Padron

(208) 732-6713

Program Overview

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 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 exam 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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Certified Nursing Assistant program, the student will be able to:

  1. Summarize the role, responsibilities, standards of practice, state regulations and characteristics of a nursing assistant within the health care team and the varied healthcare delivery systems in place today.
  2. Recognize the CNA's legal and ethical role in following HIPAA and OBRA guidelines for the preventing/reporting of abuse and protection of the person's rights.
  3. Summarize the nursing assistant's role in developing an individualized care plan for each person, methods of communication used in healthcare setting and techniques for use of effective communication with health care team.
  4. Identify the requirements to maintain status on the Idaho CNA Registry.

Sample Career Opportunities

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices