Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program

CNA students taking a temperature.

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.

Information sessions

Come to an online information session to learn more about the program.

Program schedule and class locations

CNA program schedule and class locations

Program information

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: 

Tuition does not include:


Our CNA Program provides students with learning opportunities that enable them to attain licensure as a Certified Nurse Aide and empowers them to succeed in a changing healthcare environment.

GRCCs CNA Program prepares individuals to take the corresponding CNA exam in the state of Michigan upon program completion. Graduates who wish to pursue employment as a nurse aide in other states should review the licensure requirements for each state through the state's department of licensing.


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