Certified Nurse Aide

CERTIFIED NURSE AIDE - General Info

Certified nurse aides play a key role as members of the comprehensive healthcare team in a variety of medical settings. If you are interested in providing personal care, compassion, and empathy for patients, this may be the career for you!

CNAs provide activities of daily living care for patients including bathing, feeding, and dressing. Preventing the spread of germs; dietary care to provide adequate nutrition; monitoring vital signs; emotional support; and observing for resident changes are all part of this important career.

The CNA course consists of 30 hours of classroom theory, 15 hours of skills in a lab setting, and 30 hours of clinical training in a long term care facility. This course prepares you to take the nursing assistant state certification exam.

CNAs have many employment options including long term care facilities, hospitals, group homes, residential facilities, and home health care.

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Award

  • Industry Recognized Certificate

Length

  • 75 Hours
  • New Class Sessions Start Monthly

Student Profile

  • Excellent people skills
  • Genuine desire to care for people
  • Communication skills
  • Possess math & science background

Program Location

  • 30 hours of classroom theory, 15 hours of skills in a lab setting, and 30 hours of clinical training in a long term care facility

Contact Admissions

Student Story Amalia Feliciano

“The most rewarding thing is spending time with the patients and really getting to know them. If you have a compassionate heart and want to help people, being a CNA is a job for you.”

CNA
Sioux Center, IA

Amalia Feliciano

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

CNAs have many employment options including long term care facilities, hospitals, group homes, residential facilities, and home health care.

The average base wage starts at $13.72/hour, with credit given for years of experience. Most facilities offer a comprehensive benefit package, including shift and weekend pay increases, vacation days, and health insurance. Some facilities offer a substantial sign on bonus.

The CNA course consists of 30 hours of classroom theory, 15 hours of skills in a lab setting, and 30 hours of clinical training in a long term care facility.

There is a high demand for certified nurse aides. Students who complete the 75 hour nurse aide course and pass the state certification exam are ready for employment.

Julie Paulsen, RN-C
Healthcare Career Pathways Navigator
712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 ext. 264
jpaulsen@nwicc.edu

Program Cost

Course#DayDateTimeFee
72005T, TH, F7-6-21/7-30-217:00A-2:00P$650
72006M, T, W, TH, F8-2-21/8-13-217:00A-4:30P$650
74321M, TH8-23-21/0-14-214:00P-9:30P$650
74322HYBRID9-13-21/11-10-214:00P-9:30P$650
74323M, TH9-27-21/11-15-214:00P-9:30P$650
74324M, TH10-28-21/12-17-214:00P-9:30P$650

  • Tuition assistance is available (see below).
  • Uniform/scrubs, closed toe shoes, and a watch with a second hand are required for the clinical portion of the course.

PACE Tuition Assistance Program

Start your journey to a BETTER PAYING CAREER with the PACE Tuition Assistance Program

PACE assistance is designed to help job seekers secure gainful employment in high-quality, local jobs. PACE funding is intended for job seekers who:

  • Have a household income at or below program guidelines (see current guidelines, right). Family size is determined by the applicant’s household members who are related to the applicant by blood or by marriage. Dependents, as claimed on taxes, are included.
  • Are unemployed
  • Are underemployed
  • Are dislocated workers

In addition to tuition assistance, PACE Navigators provide participants with personal, career and support services.

Determine Eligibility

To determine if you qualify for PACE, you will need to do the following:

  1. Complete the initial eligibility application form
  2. If you pass initial eligibility assessment, meet one-on-one with the Career Pathway Navigator to verify eligibility and to chart your educational pathway.

Questions? Contact Us.

Norma Azpeitia (hablo español)
Bilingual Career Pathways Navigator
nazpeitia@nwicc.edu | 800-352-4907, ext. 124

Paula Meyer
Career Pathways Navigator
pmeyer@nwicc.edu | 800-352-4907 ext. 151

2020 PACE Income Guidelines

FAMILY SIZE3 MOS INCOMEANNUAL INCOME
1$7,975$31,900
2$10,775$43,100
3$13,575$54,300
4$16,375$65,500
5$19,175$76,700
6$21,975$87,900
7$24,775$99,100
8$27,575$110,300

For each additional family member after 8, add $2,800 per month (or $11,200 per year)

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

Program Director

Julie Paulsen, RN-C Healthcare Career Pathways Navigator