CNA training is offered at several community and technical colleges in Michigan. Studies often culminate in an undergraduate certificate; one school offers a relevant associate degree program. Students can also take a CNA training course that requires completion of 90-270 clock hours, depending on the school. Many programs are limited entry, based on availability of clinical experiences. All programs require that students submit a health record, obtain specific immunizations (for tuberculosis and other diseases) and submit to criminal background checks. Additionally, some programs require attendance at a pre-admission orientation. Below, read program summaries at 9 of the largest education programs that help students meet state requirements and about their tuition requirements to make an informed decision.
Henry Ford Community College
Dearborn's Henry Ford Community College offers a 5-week Certificate of Achievement in Nursing Care Skills. Course work consists of 40 hours of theory, 50 hours of lab practice and 30 hours of experience in a clinical setting. Students gain the knowledge to provide basic nursing care to patients in hospitals, clinics or acute care settings. When students have successfully completed this program, they're eligible to take the state test to receive CENA (competency evaluated nurse aide) designation.
Lansing Community College
The 2-year college in Lansing offers multiple options for individuals who seek certification as a nursing assistant, though not each option is offered every semester. Students can pursue a Long-Term Care Nurse Aide Certificate, an Acute Care Nurse Assistant Certificate, and a combination Acute and Long-Term Nurse Aide Certificate.
The long-term care nurse aide course prepares individuals for a career as a nurse aide in a home health care agency or long-term care facility. This course consists of 94 hours of laboratory, lectures and clinical work over a 3-week period. Course work covers communication and interpersonal skills, basic nursing skills, encouraging resident independence, respecting resident rights, infection control and basic roles of the nurse aide.
The acute care nurse assistant program is offered as an 8-week daytime program or 16-week day and evening program. Students are prepared for employment in an urgent care setting, acute care hospital or clinic as a nursing assistant and patient care technician. The course consists of laboratory work, lecture and clinical experience. Acute care nurse assistants perform routine tasks for the patients. Students learn to observe patients' emotional and physical condition, perform glucose testing, take vital signs and escort patients to examining rooms and appointments.
The Acute and Long Term Nurse Aide certificate combines the previous courses. It can be completed in a 6-week daytime program or a 16-week evening program. Students are prepared for work in a long-term or acute care facility or a home health care agency upon completion. Students gain the skill and knowledge to provide basic care as a CNA.
Michigan Career and Technical Institute
Located in Plainwell, the Michigan Career and Technical Institute offers a Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate of Completion program. Patient care skills, use of medical equipment and medical terminology are priority topics in this certificate program. Students split their time between classroom and laboratory settings, learning theoretical information and practicing that learning before completing a clinical rotation at a local nursing home.
Mid-Michigan Community College
At Harrison's Mid-Michigan Community College, students in the 6-week CNA program split their time between theoretical learning in the classroom and hands-on training in long-term care facilities. Students learn about a patient's rights and how to communicate with patients and family members. They also work to ensure that clients have their independence.
Monroe County Community College
Monroe's 2-year public college offers a Nurse Aide, Human Services Paraprofessional course that prepares students to become CNAs. Students learn patient care skills, including CPR, as they complete the classroom, laboratory and clinical components of this 5-credit-hour program. Students must complete a placement test or submit ACT scores before enrollment and submit a health exam record, including evidence of a tuberculin test and Hepatitis B vaccination.
Mott Community College
Flint's 2-year community college offers a nurse aide preparatory course along with a required clinical experience for aspiring CNAs. In the classroom and laboratory portion of the course, students learn basic nursing skills, about patient rights and to help clients maintain their independence. Students also complete a required clinical rotation in a local health agency.
Washtenaw Community College
Ann Arbor's Washtenaw Community College offers a Nursing Assistant Skills Training Certificate of Completion. The program is composed of a single course that is 90 clock-hours, delivered over 3 weekdays or 5 evenings each week. Students spend 40 clock-hours in lecture, 25 clock-hours in a clinical setting and 25 clock-hours in a laboratory setting.
Wayne Community College District
At the Detroit campus of Wayne Community College District, students can pursue a Certified Nurse Assistant College Certificate. This program is a single 10-credit-hour course that includes 270 clock-hours, and students have options to complete the program. They can choose from a 7-week program, an 11-week program or a 14-week program. Students spend 52 clock-hours learning about patient care in a long-term care facility and 128 clock-hours in a laboratory setting.
West Shore Community College
Scottville-based West Shore Community College offers 2 educational options for aspiring CNAs - the 1-year Nursing Assistant Certificate or the 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Multi-Skilled Health Care Nurse Assistant program. The certificate program includes courses in medical terminology, first aid and the role of a nursing assistant. The majority of nurse assistant courses in this program are taught in the first semester, while students spend the second semester focusing on general education requirements.
The A.A.S. in Multi-Skilled Health Care Nurse Assistant degree program includes the same courses as the certificate program as well as courses on anatomy and physiology, sociology of the family and bioethics. The A.A.S. degree program requires completion of 60 credit-hours.
The State of Michigan requires that individuals complete a state-approved training program to work as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), and according to the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, there are more than 200 of those programs statewide. The minimum length of the training program is 75 clock-hours, although programs statewide differ in length. Upon completion of the education program, an aspiring CNA must pass both clinical and written exams. Certification is valid for two years.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Certified Nurse Assistant Degree and Certificate Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Henry Ford Community College||2-year, public; small city||Certificate of Achievement in Nursing Care Skills|| $2,798 in-district,
|Lansing Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Nurse Aide: Acute and Long-Term, Certificate of Completion,
Acute Care Nurse Assistant, Certificate of Completion,
Long-term Care Nurse Aide, Certificate of Completion
| $3,020 in-district,
|Michigan Career and Technical Institute||<2-year, public; rural distant||Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate of Completion||$9,913 in-state, $12,378 out-of-state*|
|Mid-Michigan Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||CNA certificate||$1,600 (program cost 2016-2017)**|
|Monroe County Community College||2-year, public; small suburb||CNA preparation - Nurse Aide, Human Services Paraprofessional|| $1,688 in-district,
$2,638 out-of-state (program cost with fees 2016-2017)**
|Mott Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Nurse Aide Preparatory Course|| $3,668 in-district,
|Washtenaw Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Nursing Assistant Skills Training Certificate of Completion|| $2,424 in-district,
|Wayne Community College District||2-year, public; large city||Certified Nurse Assistant College Certificate|| $2,813 in-district,
|West Shore Community College||2-year, public; rural distant|| Nursing Assistant Certificate,
A.A.S. in Multi-Skilled Health Care Nurse Assistant
| $2,478 in-district,
Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **School websites.