Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Classes for High School Students

Interested in exploring Health Sciences? Start with a CNA course!

The Certified Nursing Assistant program (CNA) introduces students to the rewards of a career in health care. Upon completion of the program, students who take and pass the national CNA certification (and most of our students do) are immediately eligible for steady and in-demand employment in nursing homes and hospitals. Those who wish to continue their health care education have a solid foundation whether they pursue nursing, a career in medical lab sciences, or any of the other careers in this fast-paced, growing employment sector. Above all, we want our CNA students to think of themselves as healers who are well prepared to assist any of the rest of us who find ourselves in need of compassionate care. There is no ceiling on the career opportunities available to student who launch from our CNA program.

Contact your high school counselor to get started!


About the CNA Program

The CNA program is open to 11th and 12th grade students. Students must be 16 years of age prior to the end of the semester.

The course is a two-period block class, one semester, offered both fall and spring semesters.

If you are interested in a medical career, starting as a CNA is a great way to launch yourself on this adventure. As a CNA, you will be exposed to many health care scenarios and various members of the health care team. You will observe nurses, physicians, physical therapists, medical technologists, surgical technicians, and others, in action.

CNA’s are readily employable in nursing homes, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, medical clinics and urgent care centers.

These courses will prepare students with basic healthcare knowledge and nursing assistant-based principles. Students will practice and demonstrate the skills needed to properly care for a patient or resident. Students will learn in the classroom, laboratory, nursing home, hospital, and throughout the medical community.

Students must pass with a C (75%) or better for both classroom and clinical experiences. Successful students will be eligible to take the State Competency Exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. This is optional; however it is a great way to see if the medical field is your passion.  A grade will be given for high school credit even if the student does not choose to become certified.

Students will become CPR/First Aid/AED certified in the class prior to participating in clinical experiences.


Past High School CNA Classes