What Will I Learn?

Students will learn about human anatomy and physiology, observing patients, basic patient care principles, patients' legal rights, tracking and reporting patient information, and safety protocols. 


The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course prepares the student to provide hands on personal care in numerous settings, such as a hospital, long-term care, assisted living, home health or hospice. The course meets the Federal and Idaho State requirements for the training of CNAs. The class consists of 88 hours of classroom/lab and 32 hours of clinical experience led by an RN instructor. Opportunities abound for immediate employment and it is a great foundation for many other health care professions, such as nursing, radiology technologist and surgical technologist.

Additional costs:

  • Textbook: $54.50
  • BLS CPR Certification: $15 (If not already certified)
  • American DataBank Registration: $12
  • Tests: Manual Skills: $65.00, Written: $50.00

Cost may vary on the following:

  • Scrubs
  • Analog wristwatch with a second hand
  • Closed toed shoes
  • 3-Ring binder and pen
  • Drug Screen
  • Background check
  • TB test 
  • Influenza vaccine
  • Covid vaccine

Admission Requirements

With new requirements being requested by our industry partners, we are now requesting the following to be completed by students prior to enrolling in a CNA course:

Once pre-admission requirements are completed, the student will be contacted by one of the following HSHS office staff with registration instructions:


Walk Away With

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is qualified to take the skills and written exam which will place them on the Idaho CNA registry.

Manual Skills Test consists of the performance of 5 to 7 randomly assigned procedures that nursing assistants have learned in the training program. The test takes approximately one hour to complete. You have a partner. For 30 minutes of the test, you are the CNA, and for the other 30 minutes, you are the patient. Nursing assistants will be told at the completion of the test whether he/she has passed or failed. The test may be repeated three times. 

Written Skills Test is usually conducted on a bi-weekly basis in the CSI testing center located in the Meyerhoffer building.   Registration prior to the exam is required.  Please contact the HSHS front office for registration information. The test is approximately 90 minutes long and tests for knowledge of nursing assisting. The test may be taken written or orally in English. The test may be repeated three (3) times.

Idaho Health & Welfare maintains a list or Registry of all CNAs. To remain active on the Registry, the individual must be employed as a nursing assistant at least once during each 2 year period. Prior to the expiration date listed on the Registry, a renewal application will be mailed to the nursing assistant. The date of most recent employment, or current employment, determines the next date of expiration. Nursing assistants who have not been employed for longer than two years need to repeat the manual skills and written competency testing in order to regain active status on the Registry.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in or currently working in a hospital, clinical, or long-term care facilities needing to be certified.

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Instructor Bio

Jennifer Herzog

Chris Frix