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Nursing Assistant

  • Technical Diploma - Less Than One Year
  • Program Code: 30-543-1
  • Not eligible for Financial Aid



  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Health Technician
  • Home Health Aide
  • Hospice Aide
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Personal Care Worker

Continuing Education

Enhance your education and meet your CEU requirements through our continuing education or customized training offerings.


Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more. 



If you're seeking a comparatively short educational program that leads to a career in the health care field, consider the Nursing Assistant Program. This program may be a good match for you if you:

  • are kind and compassionate.
  • have good communication skills.
  • can work as a team member.
  • are efficient, accurate, and detail oriented.
  • can maintain high professional standards.

As a nursing assistant, you would provide care to a variety of patients to help them live as comfortably and independently as possible. This program will help you learn basic nursing skills.

  • Collect data
  • Safeguard patients
  • Assist in all activities of daily living
  • Communicate with patients

The course requires 120 hours of lecture, laboratory, and clinical work. You'll need to have access to a computer with an Internet hookup. This could be in your home, at a nearby library, at one of the CVTC branch campuses, or another location that is convenient for you. You'll also work in a laboratory setting on simulated laboratory experiences. During the final portion of your program, you'll work in nursing homes or hospitals and gain actual experience with residents or patients.

When you successfully complete the program, you will be eligible to apply for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Examination. You will need to be certified before you can work in this career area. The demand for certified nursing assistants is expected to increase, especially in nursing homes, community-based residential facilities, and through home health care organizations.

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 3
Admissions Requirements

Background Check

A Wisconsin background check is required by the clinical agencies. A Wisconsin Background Information Disclosure form will need to be completed on the first day of class. The cost of the background check is $20. Students with relevant convictions may not be allowed in clinical settings and therefore may not be able to complete the nursing assistant program. Placement at each agency is determined by the agency.

A TB test will be required prior to the clinical work.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.