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Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program

Grand Rapids Community College's Certified Nurse Assistant program will prepare you to provide entry level health care support in various medical settings. You will be able to seek employment in long-term care, hospitals and rehabilitation establishments. Over the course of 4 weeks, you will complete work in a classroom, laboratory and a final 28-hour clinical component. Successful completion of this course allows you to take the Certified Nurse Assistant exam for the State of Michigan. Come to an information session to learn more about the program.

Why should I become a CNA?

  • You will be an integral part of the healthcare team
  • Good salary and attractive benefits
  • Various work setting choices/ various ages ranging from infants to elderly
  • Flexibility/ Job security
  • Rewarding occupation as you provide care and support to those in need
  • CNA certification is a step in advancing your career options within the medical field

You will learn:

  • Effective Communication Techniques
  • Obtaining Accurate Vital Signs
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Rehabilitation and Restorative Care Skills

Essential Abilities:

  • Communicate effectively with clients, families, health care team members, peers and faculty
  • Stand and walk for six to eight hours/day
  • Bend, squat, and kneel
  • Assist lifting or moving clients and with use of appropriate mobility devices
  • Perform CPR, i.e. move client to compress chest and manually ventilate client
  • Work with arms fully extended overhead
  • Use hands for grasping, pushing, pulling, and other fine manipulation
  • Demonstrate eye/hand coordination for manipulation of equipment, procedural supplies, etc.
  • Possess tactile ability to differentiate changes in sensation
  • Possess auditory acuity to hear normal voice and hear manual blood pressure
  • Possess auditory acuity to hear client's calls for assistance without facing the client
  • Possess auditory acuity to interpret various equipment signals and use the telephone
  • Possess visual acuity to read and distinguish colors, to read handwritten/printed data
  • Possess visual acuity to clearly view electronic monitors and scales to correctly interpret data
  • Must be able to work in the United States
  • Must be at least 18 years old to enroll in this program

Unique Program Features:

  • Integrated learning with an emphasis on simulation of the work environment and learning the critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the workplace
  • Workplace standards woven and upheld throughout the learning experience
  • Small Class size
  • Introduction of the CNA role in Acute Care and Home Care environments
  • Our area employers have been very involved in the planning and implementation
  • Exceeds the mandated 75 hour state-approved training, which stands out as a new hire

Employment Outlook:

According to the O*Net, the profession is projected to grow 10% until 2024 with 1,640 projected annual openings in Michigan.  Median wage for CNA’s in Michigan is $13.38/hour (retrieved 02/06/2017).

Tuition includes: 

  • Criminal Background Check fee
  • Computer Competency Assessment fee
  • Certification Exam fee
  • WorkKeys Talent and Fit Assessment fees
  • Textbook, Workbook and supplies
  • Mandated clothing

Tuition does not include:

  • Required Immunizations that the participant may need to complete
  • WorkKeys NCRC assessment fee

Student Pre-requirements:

Complete and submit the following documentation:

  • WorkKeys Applied Math, WorkKeys Reading for Information and WorkKeys Locating Information assessments with Level scores of 3 or higher (see below for information regarding assessments)
  • Computer Competency Badges (See Downloads for instructions)
  • GRCC Immunization Form, including supporting documentation from a healthcare source physician office, health department, etc. (See Downloads for form)

Assessment Information

WorkKeys Tests can be completed at GRCC. Register to take WorkKeys Assessments.

If you are a graduate of a Michigan high school since 2009, you may have taken the WorkKeys Applied Math, WorkKeys Reading for Information and WorkKeys Locating Information as part of standardized testing in 11th grade. You may obtain your scores by either contacting your high school or ACT Work Ready Communities (1-800-967-5539).

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