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As a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), you can provide comforting care to people in need. Start your healthcare career with hands-on learning through Johnson County Community College's CNA program.

What Will I Learn in JCCC's Certified Nurse Aide Program?

Patient and trained caregivers are in high demand. When you enroll in JCCC's Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) course, 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.

In JCCC's CNA program, you'll learn how to:

  • Care for patients at their bedside
  • Take pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs
  • Safely position and transfer patients
  • Perform daily hygiene tasks, such as bathing and oral care
  • Communicate with patients and their families
  • Prevent and control infection
  • Work in an adult care home
  • And more!

You will be eligible to take the Kansas CNA test after successfully completing the Certified Nurse Aide coursework.

You can also seek specialized training to become a Certified Medication Aide (CMA) or Home Health Aide (HHA).

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

Why JCCC's Certified Nurse Aide Program?

Choose the action plan that works for you! JCCC's CNA program offers four-week, eight-week, and 16-week classes with schedules including day, afternoon, evening, and some weekends to choose from.

JCCC also offers hybrid classes to Certified Nurse Aide students. CNA hybrid courses involve online course content and curriculum, along with in-person labs and clinicals. The instructor assigns clinical days, times, and locations.

Our CNA classes fill up quickly, so be prepared and ensure you meet all requirements before applying.

As a JCCC student, you'll also have access to various tools and resources, such as Academic Counseling, Financial Aid, and Clubs and Organizations.

ACCUPLACER Score Requirements

You must have completed Composition I (ENGL 121) with a C or better or achieved a score of 243 or higher on the ACCUPLACER (see Testing Services) reading test within the last five years before enrolling in the CNA program. If you passed the ACCUPLACER reading test prior to Spring 2019 and achieved a score of 65 or higher, your score is valid for five years. If you passed the COMPASS reading test in 2016 or before, your score is valid for five years.

Brenna N, Certified Nursing Aide 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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Certified Nurse Aides are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8 percent through 2029. CNAs are needed in all healthcare facilities, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Assisted-living facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private homes
Download the Health Occupations Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Tuition

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 Estimated Costs

Books

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

Supplies

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 (CNA and CMA students only)

  • Basic Life Support (CPR) for Healthcare Provider certification by the American Heart Association (if you don’t already have it).
  • A negative TB skin test or negative chest X-ray within one year of the class end date.  A two-step TB skin test may be required.

At JCCC, we know that money is an essential factor when deciding to pursue your education. For this reason, our team works hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer: