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Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant taking a woman's temperature

Program Description
In the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program, students learn to care for patients in a caring and compassionate manner. Students first learn patient care techniques in a simulated lab environment and a classroom, followed by a clinical rotation at a nursing home. Upon completion of the program, students are offered study and practice sessions to prepare for the state of Michigan competency exam.

Students receive hands-on experience in:

  • Patient Care
  • Communication
  • Medical Terminology
  • Documentation
  • Medical Equipment
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Dementia Training

At the end of the program, students can participate in study sessions to prepare for the State of Michigan competency exam.

Job Outlook
Job opportunities for nursing assistants are in nursing homes, home care, assisted living, and hospitals and private duty. Starting pay may range from the current minimum wage to a higher amount depending on the location of the job.


  • Follows orders
  • Handles physically demanding work
  • Communicates well
  • A multitasker
  • Works well under close supervision
  • Works well under stress
  • Emotionally stable
  • Enjoys working with people, and caring

Students are subjected to a background screening as outlined in public acts 27.28 and 29 (2006). Students must not have pending charges and remain drug-free. Students will interview with instructors before acceptance.

Please review the 2019 – 2020 Certified Nursing Assistant Curriculum Guide for more detailed information.