CNA Programs in Michigan with Class Descriptions

Jul 19, 2019

There are more than 20 certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs in Michigan. Read an overview of 10 of the largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

CNA and nurse aide training in Michigan typically culminates in an undergraduate certificate. Many of these nursing assistant programs can be completed in 3-6 weeks of day classes. Students may be able to specialize in acute or long-term care nursing. In addition, some schools offer nurse assistant training through associate degree programs, which combine nursing studies with courses in general education subjects. CNA programs combine lecture, lab and clinical components.

Henry Ford College

Henry Ford College in Dearborn offers a 5-week nursing care skills course that trains students for state CNA licensing and also equips them to move into an associate's degree program in nursing. The course exceeds state training requirements and includes 40 hours of theory classes, 50 hours of practice in the lab and 30 hours of hands-on experience in a healthcare facility. Classes are offered in the daytime, 4 days a week, and students who complete the program earn a Certificate of Achievement. Current students and graduates can explore career opportunities through the college's Job Placement Office while the Active Military and Veterans Support Office offers help to current and former members of the armed forces.

Kirtland Community College

Kirtland Community College offers the 6-credit hour certified nursing program at its main campus in Roscommon as well as on its Gaylord campus. Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading either through coursework or an assessment test. The course includes clinical work at area nursing homes. Classes are offered once a week in the daytime with clinicals on Saturday mornings or afternoons.

Lansing Community College

Located in Lansing, Lansing Community College offers several Certificate of Completion program options for nursing assistant education. The acute care nurse assistant/patient care technician course trains students in the basics of patient care, such as serving meals, performing blood glucose tests, checking blood pressure and helping patients with mobility. This course requires 16 weeks of evening classes or 4.5 weeks of daytime classes. It does not qualify graduates for the state nursing assistant exam.

The long-term care nurse aide course does meet the qualifications for certification. This 94-hour program lasts 3 weeks and includes classroom, lab and clinical work. The acute and long-term care course combines topics from both programs and also meets state certification requirements. Classes are held in the daytime for 6 weeks.

Macomb Community College

The nursing assistant program at Macomb Community College in Warren consists of 1 class totaling 128 hours of instruction. It requires 5.5 weeks of day classes or 8 weeks of night classes. After students complete the classroom and laboratory portions of the program, they are required to participate in supervised clinical work in a long-term care facility. Students who complete the program earn certificates and are prepared for state certification exams. The college offers job placement services through its Career Services department.

Mott Community College

Mott Community College in Flint offers nurse aide preparation through its Alternative Training Preparation program. The nurse aide curriculum consists of a course in methods and practice in a simulation lab as well as a clinical course that involves hands-on experience in a long-term care facility. The program meets the qualifications for state certification. The college's Learning Center offers many support services to students including tutoring, peer coaching and assistance with disability issues.

North Central Michigan College

At North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, aspiring CNAs can earn a Certificate of Development and get qualified for state certification. Students take classes, acquire training in a clinical skills lab and participate in hands-on experiences in an extended-care facility. In addition to CNA instruction, students in this 18-credit hour program take additional courses, including English composition, medical terminology and personal communication skills. The program can be completed in a 4-week or semester format.

Oakland University

The nursing assistant certificate program is taught at downtown Detroit's Riverview Institute, which features state-of-the-art technology for health occupations training. It is offered by the continuing education program of Oakland University's School of Nursing. Students complete 110 hours of instruction over 4-6 weeks. Skills covered include collecting specimens, measuring vital signs, caring for dying patients and providing daily care, such as feeding and bathing. After completing this program, students can obtain state certification.

Schoolcraft College

Schoolcraft College in Livonia offers a nursing assistant training program several times a year. It requires 16 credits, including a course in anatomy and physiology. The nursing assistant training course is 10 credit hours and includes classroom work, lab practice and clinical experience in a long-term care facility. After completing this course, students can take state certification tests. Schoolcraft's nursing assistant certificate program is designed to allow students to move smoothly into the school's general studies, practical nursing or nursing associate's degree programs.

Washtenaw Community College

Located in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Community College has a 4-credit hour nursing assistant certificate program that can be completed in 3 weeks. Day classes are held 3 days a week, while evening classes are offered 5 days a week. The program meets state certification requirements and consists of 40 hours of classroom and 25 hours of lab practice as well as 25 hours of clinical experiences in local healthcare facilities. Admission requirements include a tuberculosis test and proof of competency in reading and writing. Students are cautioned that perfect attendance is mandatory.

West Shore Community College

West Shore Community College in Scottville offers both a 1-year certificate program and an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences, Nurse Assistant. Both of these programs prepare students for state certification. The certificate program consists of 29 credit hours. In addition to a course in nurse assisting that includes practical experience and classroom studies, the program requires courses in English composition, business math, psychology and medical terminology. Students pursuing an associate's degree complete a 60-credit hour program with courses in the human body, sociology, abnormal psychology and English composition in addition to the nurse assisting course. Students in both programs must take a course in responding to emergencies or present proof of training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Career Requirements

Michigan requires that nursing assistants, often called nurse aides, complete a state-approved training program. The program must be at least 75 hours and cover 51 key tasks. After completing the program, a prospective certified nursing assistant (CNA) must pass a written test and a skills test in order to obtain a license from the Long Term Care Division of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' Bureau of Health Care Services. Only licensed CNAs are placed on the state's list of CNAs approved to work in long-term care facilities. Below is information on 10 of the largest Michigan schools for CNA training, along with a table that gives each school's program offerings and tuition.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting CNA Training Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Henry Ford College 2-year; public; small city Nursing Care Skills Certificate of Achievement $3,124 in-district;
$4,876 in-state;
$6,748 out-of-state**
Kirtland Community College 2-year; public; remote rural Certified Nursing Assistant course $4,170 in-district;
$5,880 out-of-district;
$8,130 out-of-state**
Lansing Community College 2-year; public; midsize city Acute Care Nurse Assistant/Patient Care Technician Certificate of Completion,
Long-Term Care Nurse Aide Certificate of Completion,
Nurse Aide: Acute and Long-Term Certificate of Completion
$3,530 in-district;
$6,680 in-state;
$9,830 out-of-state**
Macomb Community College 2-year; public; midsize city Certified Nursing Assistant program $3,375 in-district;
$5,952 in-state;
$7,649 out-of-state**
Mott Community College 2-year; public; midsize city CNA Preparation course $1,471.50*
North Central Michigan College 2-year; public; rural Certified Nurse Aide Certificate of Development $3,857 in-district;
$6,069 in-state;
$7,721 out-of-state**
Oakland University 4-year; public; large suburb Nursing Assistant Certificate of Completion $465.75-$556.25 per credit hour tuition*
Schoolcraft College 2-year; public; small city Nursing Assistant Training Program Skills Certificate $684*
Washtenaw Community College 2-year; public; large suburb Nursing Assistant Skills Training Certificate of Completion $380 in-district;
$644 out-of-district;
$880 out-of-state*
West Shore Community College 2-year; public; rural 1-year Certificate, Nurse Assistant,
Associate of Applied Arts and Science, Nurse Assistant
$103/contact hour (in-district),
$165/contact hour (non-district),
$230/contact hour (non-Michigan)*

Sources: *Schools' websites, **NCES College Navigator

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