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Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

As a CNA, you can provide comforting care for people in need. Start your healthcare career with hands-on learning through JCCC’s CNA program.


JCCC CNA students learning about traction

Patient, trained caregivers are in high demand. When you enroll in JCCC’s CNA course, you’ll gain the skills and experience you need in the classroom and at our fully equipped Healthcare Simulation Center.

Located on campus, the Healthcare Simulation Center features four full-size acute care rooms and a surgical room, decked out with the same equipment and supplies you will use in an actual hospital.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Care for patients at the bedside
  • Take pulse, blood pressure and other vital signs
  • Safely position and transfer patients
  • Perform daily hygiene tasks such as bathing and oral care

Successfully complete the coursework, and you will be eligible to take the Kansas CNA test. CNAs are in high demand at:

  • Hospitals
  • Assisted-living facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private homes

You can also seek specialized training to become a certified medication aide (CMA) or home health aide (HHA).

You will need CNA certification before you can enroll in the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) programs.

Choose JCCC for your CNA studies

Choose the action plan that works best for you:

  • Four-week classes scheduled 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. four days a week.
  • Eight- and 16-weekclasses have varying schedules:
    • Three days a week, 5–9 p.m.
    • Two days a week, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. or 5–8 p.m.
    • Online classes are available.

These classes fill up quickly, so be prepared and ensure you meet any requirements.

You must complete Composition I (ENGL 121) with a C or better or achieve a score of 65 or higher on the JCCC ACCUPLACER (see Testing Services) reading test within the last five years before you can enroll in the CNA program. If you passed the COMPASS reading test in 2016 or before, your score is valid for five years.

JCCC’s classes are developed, approved and regulated by the Health Occupations Credentialing (HIC) Department of the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS).