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

What will I learn?

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

Located on the main JCCC 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

When you successfully complete the coursework, 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 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-week classes 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 all requirements.

You must have completed Composition I (ENGL 121) with a C or better or achieved a score of 65 or higher on the 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 commission of the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS).

Brenna N, Certified Nursing Aid student 
“I learned a lot about patient self-care and what life can look like if that gets taken away because of health issues.”
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Tuition varies according to where you live. See JCCC Tuition and Payment Deadlines for precise information. The number of credit hours for each program is listed below. 

CNA - 5 credit hours
CNA Refresher - 1 credit hour
CMA - 4 credit hours
CMA Update - 1 credit hour
Home Health Aide - 1 credit hour

Additional Costs


All CNA Refresher, CMA Update and Home Health Aide students' books and supplies are outlined by instructor. The JCCC Bookstore has the lists you need.


All CNA and CMA students must have the following:

  • Health Occupations T-shirt  - approx. $10
  • Gait Belt (available at the JCCC Bookstore) - approx. $10
  • Hunter green uniform pants (available at the JCCC Bookstore - no elasticized cuff or denim material) - $15
  • White shoes (no canvas, must have enclosed heel or heel strap and no open areas on the toe box)
  • CNA and CMA Students Only: Watch with a sweep second hand - approx. $18

Certifications/Insurance (CNA and CMA students only)

  • CPR for Health Care Providers certification (if you don't already have it) - approx. $65 through JCCC's continuing education division.
  • Current TB skin test (within the last year), or negative chest X-ray.

Download the Health Occupations Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.