Certified Nursing Assisting

Concentration of Study Overview

There are two application periods for the CNA program, May 1 through June 1 and October 1 through November 1. Applications will be available online the first day of application period and will end on the last day of each period.

  • New applicants will need to turn in an application with proof of completion (or current semester enrollment) of English 101.

As a certified nursing assistant, you will be on the front lines of patient care. If you enjoy caring for people who are sick or unable to care for themselves, than a career as a certified nursing assistant may be right for you. Your compassion and skill in patient care will help minimize the stress of patients and provide much needed support for registered RN’s. For many, CNA is the first step to becoming an RN.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs), also known as nurses' aides, orderlies, patient care technicians, and home health aides, work under the supervision of a nurse to provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks.

As a CNA you will work closely with patients serving their basic care needs such as bathing, grooming and feeding them, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. You will also provide patients with important social and emotional support and report vital information on patient conditions to nurses.

Click here for Prerequisite Information.

CEU Summer Courses 

Nursing is a demanding discipline and the course of study is challenging as well as rewarding. Needs for continuing education units to stay current in the profession are always required.

Application period for the Summer CEU courses is April 1 through April 30 of every year.  Seats are decided upon randomized lottery results.

CEU Courses taught this summer:
  • NURS 416: Certified Home Health Aide (total of 24 students admitted)
  • NURS 422: EKG/Monitor Observer (total of 30 students admitted)

Application requirements:

Home Health Aide: (Must provide copy at time of application)

  • Current Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate/License ONLY

  • Current CPR Card (Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer Only)

  • Current TB Skin Test (Expires 1 year after date given)

  • Hepatitis B Vaccination Series Documentation

EKG/Monitor Observer: (Must provide a copy at time of application)

  • Current CNA/LVN/RN license

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Christine Rincon
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