Commonly offered by community colleges and vocational schools, CNA training programs prepare graduates to provide supervised basic care to patients in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. These are usually short certificate programs that include classroom instruction, labs and hands-on training in basic nursing skills. Some programs may have a specialization, such as acute or long-term care, while others cover both types of care. Graduates are usually prepared to take their state's CNA examination.
Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College, located in Michigan's state capitol of Lansing, offers a program for aspiring CNAs within its community health service education department. Available with both day and evening classes, the program teaches aspiring CNAs how to help patients eat, bathe, dress and move around, as well as perform routine checks.
Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College, located in Ann Arbor, has a student population of over 12,000 and offers a basic nursing assistant skills training program within its School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The 90-hour program is divided up between lectures, laboratory sessions and clinical experiences, and graduates are prepared to obtain CNA certification in Michigan.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Lansing Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Long-term Care Nurse Aid Certificate of Completion|| $3,530 (in-district)
|Washtenaw Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Basic Nursing Assistant Skills Certificate of Completion|| $2,520 (in-district)
Source: *NCES College Navigator