Certified Nursing Assistant Preparation

Your Start to a Career in Healthcare with Training to Become a CNA

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Program Overview

Interested in a rewarding career in healthcare? The Certified Nursing Assistant Preparation course at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is a stepping stone into the world of nursing. This program is designed for individuals aspiring to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), a crucial role in healthcare settings. You will gain the foundational knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide high-quality care to patients in 12 weeks.

The course covers key areas such as patient care, basic nursing skills, and infection control, ensuring you are well-prepared for the CNA certification exam. With a focus on both theoretical understanding and hands-on experience, our program helps you develop the competence and confidence needed to excel in this compassionate profession. In addition to in-person instruction, an online instruction option is also available paired with in-person skills training. 

Degree or Certificate Type

Certificate

Cost

$895

Time to Complete

3 months

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Learning Opportunities

  • Patient Care Techniques: Learn essential skills for providing patient care in healthcare settings.
  • Foundational Nursing Skills: Acquire knowledge in basic nursing practices.
  • Infection Control: Understand the importance of and techniques for infection control.
  • Hands-On Training: Participate in practical sessions for real-world experience.
  • CNA Exam Preparation: Prepare effectively for the Certified Nursing Assistant certification exam.

Area of Study

Minimum age requirement to start the program is 16.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion

3

MONTHS

Cert

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Career Opportunities

  • Home Health and Personal Care Aides

    344

    Annual Openings*

    $11.47

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $23,858

    Annual Median Salary

    18.68%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Nursing Assistants

    Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. Excludes “Home Health Aides” (31-1121), “Personal Care Aides” (31-1122), “Orderlies” (31-1132), and “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1133).

    146

    Annual Openings*

    $14.15

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $29,432

    Annual Median Salary

    14.65%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

  • Orderlies

    Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment. Excludes “Nursing Assistants” (31-1131). Psychiatric orderlies are included in “Psychiatric Aides” (31-1133).

    6

    Annual Openings*

    $13.87

    Hourly Median Wage*

    $28,850

    Annual Median Salary

    7.94%

    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

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