Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Certified Nurse Assistants perform basic nursing skills to care for clients in long-term care facilities, hospitals and/or through home health agencies.

This CNA program includes 75 hours of classroom training as required by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants and teaches entry-level skills.

Simultaneously, students will need to complete their clinical training (100 hours of on-the-job training in a long-term care facility). Students will be placed in an approved facility to complete their clinical hours. A strict attendance policy must be followed.

Upon completion of both classroom and clinical components, the student will be eligible to take the final exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Apply early to reserve a spot as the class size is limited to 15 students.

Upcoming CNA Program Schedule: 

  • Tuesday December 5 , 2023- Thursday, April 11, 2024
    • Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 5, 2024-Wednesday, May 29,2024
    • Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Contact Information : Certified Nurse Assistant

For more information or to register, call or email
Terri Warmack, Health Careers Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 636-584-6531
Email: terri.warmack@eastcentral.edu

Frequently Asked Questions : Certified Nurse Assistant

Question: What are the qualifications to get into a CNA Class?

Answer: To take a CNA Program you must be 18 years of age unless you are taking the course through a High School Vo-Tech Program. You must also have:

  • A criminal background check and drug test is mandatory
  • A GED or high school equivalency isn’t needed and there is assistance available for those who need to complete one.

Question: How much does the CNA program cost?

Answer: Depending on the type of training needed, the program will range in cost from $800 to $1,500.

Question: Is there help for those who can’t afford a program?

Answer: There are several state funding programs available for qualified students to offset most or all of the program costs. Contact Terri Warmack by phone at 636-584-6531 or by email at terri.warmack@eastcentral.edu

Question: How long is the CNA Program?

Answer: The program is typically 14 to 16 weeks long.

 Question: I have already been hired by a facility, but I am not certified yet. How long can I work?

Answer: You must be certified within 120 days (4 Months) of your start date if you are working in a Facility.

Question: Am I entitled to a copy of my classroom and on-the-job training record if I leave the course?

Answer: Yes