Certified Nursing Aide

Certified Nursing Aide

Pursue a new career in the booming health care industry as a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA). 

Certified nurse aides help patients of all ages perform basic daily tasks under a nurse’s supervision. They are active and may need to help lift or move patients. Attention to safety, compassion, communication and critical-thinking skills are essential because patients depend on your care.

Certified nurse aides are in demand in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, hospitals and long-term care settings.

Program Details

Next Start Date

Jan. 2024
March 2024

Learning Format

Face to Face plus Clinicals

Program Length

Approx. 2 months

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Career Insights

Occupational summary for Certified Nurse Aides

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11,950 Annual Job Openings

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8% Projected Growth

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$30,830 yr Median Salary / $14.82 hr

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Additional Program Info

Program Requirements

Due to recent changes, students applying for the Certified Nursing Aide will now be required to submit a background check through Pre-Check, as well as carry health insurance and have a current medical history form on file.

Applicants need a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.

Clinical sites require participants to have:

  • updated immunizations
  • background checks
  • drug screens 
  • verified IDs

The program applicant must pay this cost.

Steps to Admission

1. Complete the Certified Nurse Aid Application

prospective Students 

Returning Students

2. Register with Continuining Education

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify potential or enrolled students that a criminal history may make them ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion. The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements. www.hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/licensing-credentialing-regulation

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential licensure prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation”: https://securesite.dps.texas.gov/DpsWebsite/CriminalHistory/ and compare it to the requirements for CNA's here: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/licensing-credentialing-regulation 

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program, with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

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