Certified Nurse Assistant

1 Day of Class Per Week • 10 Weeks to Certification

Wherever there is a need for personal care, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are there. CNAs help patients of all ages perform the most basic daily tasks. CNAs work under a nurse’s supervision, and since they have extensive daily contact with each patient, they play a key role in keeping the nurse up to date on vital information about the patients’ conditions.

Nursing assistants provide assistance with such tasks as, but not limited to:

  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Feeding
  • Making beds
  • Toilet assistance and catheter care
  • Taking vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc)
  • Helping patients walk
  • Assisting with range-of-motion exercises
  • Helping wheelchair-bound patients (entails heavy lifting)
  • Turning bedridden patients regularly
  • Reporting all changes to the nurse
  • Safety awareness
  • Documentation

Certified Nurse Assistant Statistics

2017 Job Placement Rate
2017 certification completed
hours of on-the-job training

What You’ll Learn


Week 1: Becoming a Nurse Assistant, Long Term Care Team and Environment, Ethical and Legal Responsibilities, Human A&P, Observation, Reporting, Charting in Medical Records

Week 2: Vital Signs, Care Planning, Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Week 3: Needs and Behaviors, Mental Illness, Cultural Diversity

Week 4: Accidents, Fire, Emergency, Infection Control, Transmission Based Precautions

Week 5: Nutrition, Serving, Feeding, Monitoring, Intake and Output Recording

Week 6: Personal Care, Showering, Dressing

Week 7: Massage, Skin Care, Prevention of Pressure Ulcers, Elimination

Week 8: Restorative Nursing, Body Mechanics, Transferring, Ambulation, Range of Motion

Week 9: Admission, Transfer, Discharge, Oxygen Therapy, End of Life Care


  • None

Requirements for Program

  • 50% of tuition paid before start date
  • Family Care Safety Registry background screening

  • High School Diploma or GED

CNA 2018 Programs

August to November class - Fridays 8AM-4PM
08/31/18First day of class
11/02/18Last day of class
November to January class - Fridays 8AM-4PM
11/09/18First day of class
01/11/19Last day of class

Why BTC?

We’re a small school with small class sizes, close to home, and where everyone really does know your name. At some larger schools, you’re stuck in giant classrooms with an impersonal atmosphere and no help in sight, but at BTC you’re a name, not just a number.

Help is always available and our staff and faculty bend over backward to help out with whatever you’ve got going on as we help you navigate the waters of a nursing program.

Student Story

“I was CNA for almost eight years, but ultimately I wanted to be a Nurse Anesthetist. I began working as a CNA a week after I graduated high school, and what really made me want to be a nurse was all of the benefits, the careers, and all the specialties that are available. Nursing is a good secure job.”

-Jessica King, LPN Class of 2017

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Program Details

CNA Certificate Program

The CNA classes are one day per week for 10 weeks. In addition, 100 hours of on the job training is required in an approved Long Term Care Facility. The CNA instructor will assign the students to a facility for their on-the-job training.

CNA Program Length: 10 weeks / One day per week 8 AM-4PM


Program Objectives

  • Prepare individuals for employment in long-term care facilities
  • Learn skills in resident care under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse
  • Complete 75 hours of classroom training, 100 hours of on-the-job training and successfully complete a two part final examination

Employment Opportunities

  • Hospital
  • Home Health
  • Nursing Home
  • Clinic
  • Most Medical Facilities

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