Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

WHAT DOES A CNA DO?

If you’re a caregiver by nature, classes to become a certified nurse aide or CNA might be right for you. CNAs provide a number of services to clients such as bathing, feeding and measuring vital signs. They may work in a long-term care facility, hospital, doctor’s office or other facility. Health care is one of the country’s fastest growing industries, making this career not only personally rewarding but also in demand.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Our CNA classes are designed for those wanting to earn a nurse aide certification from the State of Kansas. Based on the state’s certified nurse aide curriculum, this program covers 106 hours of instruction with students receiving classroom and hands-on clinical experience. High school juniors and seniors as well as post-secondary students are eligible for this program, which is a prerequisite for the Certified Medication Aide, Home Health Aide and Practical Nursing programs. Upon completion, you will be prepared to take the Nurse Aide Certification exam from Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. You must bring a copy of your social security card and a photo ID to the first day of class.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects overall employment of nurse aides to grow by 19 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary of an entry-level CNA in 2015 was $9.98 an hour or $20,750 annually. The average wage was $11.62 an hour or $24,170 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $20,750 $9.98
Average $24,170 $11.62

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • OSHA-10
  • Paid Nutrition
  • STEPPS

SCHEDULE

Schedules vary by instructor.

Daytime Option:
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (106 hours)
 
Evening Option:
T&TH 5:30-8:30* (1 semester pathway - 106 hours)
*Check out the continuing education catalog as classes are subject to change.