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Certified Nursing Assistant CNA ABE STUDENTS ONLY

Course number : HWFE 102   ID : 2446   
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What Will I Learn?

An ABE (Adult Basic Education) class is tailored to provide foundational education to adult learners who may need to improve their basic skills in subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics. In the context of our CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) ABE class, the curriculum is designed to offer essential education and skills training for individuals interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. It's geared towards adult learners who may require additional support or instruction in this field. Students will learn about human anatomy and physiology, observing patients, basic patient care principles, patients' legal rights, tracking and reporting patient information, and safety protocols.


The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course prepares the student to provide hands-on personal care in numerous settings, such as:
  • hospital
  • long-term care
  • assisted living
  • home health
  • or hospice.
This course meets the Federal and Idaho State requirements for the training of CNAs.
The class consists of 88 hours of classroom/lab and 32 hours of clinical experience led by an RN instructor.
Opportunities abound for immediate employment and it is a great foundation for many other health care professions, such as nursing, radiology technologist, and surgical technologist.

Additional costs:

  • Textbook: $54.50
  • BLS CPR Certification: $15 (If not already certified)
  • Background check: $50
  • Complio Registration: $20
  • Tests: Manual Skills: $65.00 Written: $50.00
Cost may vary on the following:
  • Scrubs 
  • Analog wristwatch with a second hand
  • Closed toe shoes
  • 3-Ring binder and pen
  • Drug Screen
  • TB test 
  • Influenza vaccine

Admission Requirements

With new requirements being requested by our industry partners we are now requesting the following to be completed by students prior to enrolling in a CNA course.
  • Student creates an account with American Databank for background check ($50)
  • Student creates an account with Complio within American Databank for immunization tracker ($20 one-year subscription)
The next three bulleted items need to be uploaded to the Complio account:
  • Immunizations (TB immunization and Flu vaccination) 
  • CSI Background Consent Form
  • CSI Drug Screen Consent Form
  • 7 Panel Drug Screen
After Completion of Admission Requirements

Once complete with all requirements, the student should notify HSHS office staff for CNA course registration steps:

Lee Ann Erickson

Rae Jean Larsen

Walk Away With

Upon successful completion of the course, students become eligible to undertake both the skills and written exams, leading to placement on the Idaho CNA registry.

The Manual Skills Test comprises the performance of 5 to 7 randomly assigned procedures that nursing assistants have learned during their training. This test typically takes approximately one hour to complete and involves working with a partner. During 30 minutes of the test, students act as CNAs, while for the remaining 30 minutes, they assume the role of the patient. Upon completion, nursing assistants receive immediate feedback on whether they have passed or failed. The test may be retaken up to three times.

The Written Skills Test is usually scheduled on a bi-monthly basis at the CSI testing center, located in the Meyerhoffer building. Registration prior to the exam is mandatory, and interested individuals can obtain registration information from the HSHS front office. Lasting approximately 90 minutes, this test assesses the nursing assisting knowledge of the candidates. It can be taken in written or oral form, conducted in English. Similarly, this test can also be retaken up to three times.

Idaho Health & Welfare maintains a list or Registry of all CNAs.

To maintain active status on the Registry, individuals must be employed as nursing assistants at least once during each 2-year period. Before the expiration date indicated on the Registry, a renewal application is typically mailed to the nursing assistant. The next expiration date is determined based on the most recent or current employment date. Nursing assistants who have been unemployed for more than two years must undergo manual skills and written competency testing again to regain active status on the Registry.

Who Should Attend: 

Anyone interested in or currently working in a hospital, clinical, or long-term care facilities needing to be certified.

This course is specifically for ABE Students.

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Class Details

34 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon, Wed

HSHS-Health Science Human Services Building

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Registration Closes On
Saturday, August 17, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
8/19/2024 - 12/11/2024 Weekly - Mon, Wed 01:00 PM - 03:50 PM Twin Falls, HSHS-Health Science Human Services Building  Map, Room: 160-CNA Classroom Jody  ; Chris  Classroom

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