Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Preparation Course

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Start your career in the healthcare field as a Certified Nursing Assistant with the College of Western Idaho today!

Healthcare is a growing industry with many exciting opportunities. This is your opportunity for immediate employment, ongoing growth potential, and life-long career skills. Be on the front line of patient care providers who perform basic caregiving services for the ill, injured, handicapped, or disabled under the direction and supervision of licensed nurses.

CWI offers two options for the Nursing Assistant program:


  • 12 weeks of online lessons
  • 4 hours per week of onsite skills training (12 sessions - mandatory attendance)
  • 32 hours of clinical experience


  • 88 hours of classroom training
  • 32 hours of clinical experience

Once your chosen class is completed, you will be prepared to take the state examination to earn your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) which is sought by medical profession employers.

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Industry Partnership:

CWI is excited to partner with Saint Alphonsus to provide opportunities for individuals to expand their education and grow in their careers. Learn more about this partnership.


Workforce Development at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides you high-quality, short-term training to boost your job skills, acquire new career skills, and earn the certificates you need. Take as many classes as you want in our short-term credit free offerings, with no applications, no transcripts, and no hassle. Just sign up and watch your career take off.

Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho and are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in their subject area.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Provide direct patient care under the supervision of licensed nurses
  • Assist or provide daily living activities for patients
  • Collection of specimens
  • Perform range of motion activities
  • Measure vital signs
  • Care for your patients, residents, and clients with dignity and respect

Respectful Community

College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

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