Certified Nurse Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistant

About the Program:

The next CNA program will begin at a later date.
Please call 573.334.0826 for more information.

Do you enjoy caring for people? Are you considering a healthcare career? The Certified Nurse Assistant program is the place to begin. Students will prepare to provide standard healthcare for patients. The CNA program is a nine-week entry-level program, requiring 75 hours of classroom instruction, and 100 hours of hands-on practice in the clinical setting. All clinical experience takes place in a long-term care facility.  

Applicants must be 18 years old to apply.

This program will help you:

-Develop good personal habits.

-Recognize the nurse assistant's role as it fits into the organizational structure of a long-term care facility.

-Organize and administer nursing care to residents based on a plan of care, including direction from charge personnel.

-Demonstrate knowledge of patient's rights in assisting residents with the activities of daily living.

-Demonstrate ability to assist the handicapped residents to return to their best health potential.

Nature of work:

The CNA works under the supervision of an LPN or RN to perform standard healthcare for patients. The CNA is a foundational member of the patient care team.  All healthcare facilities employ nurse assistants, so work schedules will vary. Having good physical and mental health is crucial in this field.

Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center offers two options for adult CNA training: a day or evening program may be available upon demand.

The day program meets Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for nine weeks. New classes begin during August, October, January, and May yearly.

The available evening program meets two nights per week for 17 weeks.  A new evening class begins in August, according to demand.

How to Apply:

  1. Schedule to take the WorkKeys with the CTC Assessment Office (573.334.0826) and obtain the required scores: 

    • Graphic Literacy- 3

    • Applied Math- 3

    • Workplace Documentation- 4

  2. Complete an application & make a $100 deposit.

  3. Provide health physical and immunization records.

  4. Submit the background check form.

For specific meeting dates & times, with estimated tuition and fees, call 573.334.0826 and speak to one of our advisors.