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Nursing Assistant (CNA) Overview

Find your future in the healthcare field in less than one year! CVTC’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program allows you to earn your technical diploma and start your career quickly!

This course is a combination of classroom lecture, lab experience, and clinical practice conducted in long-term care facilities. It covers basic body function and structure, nutrition, nursing care procedures, and ethical and legal considerations.

WisCaregiver Careers

As a nursing assistant, you will provide care to a variety of patients to help them live as comfortably and independently as possible. Your training will cover basic nursing skills including patient care, nutrition comprehension, and customer service. You will learn how to:

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

Part of a career pathway, the Nursing Assistant (CNA) technical diploma credits apply toward the Nursing associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Certified Nursing Assistant

Endoscopy Technician

Home Health Aide

Personal Care Assistant

Resident Assistant

Resident Coordinator

Graduate Employers

Chippewa Manor Living Services

Dove Healthcare

Grace Lutheran Communities

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Mayo Clinic Health System

Oakwood Health Services

Just the Facts

Nursing Assistant (CNA)
2 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
Less Than One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire and River Falls

Program Location //
June, August, and January

Start Months //
August, January, and June

Next Start Date //
June 12, 2023

Start Dates //
June, August, and January

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


Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1






 Estimated Total: $386

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!


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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.

The Nursing Assistant course is a combination of lecture, lab in a classroom, and clinical practice conducted in long-term care facilities. It covers basic body function and structure, nutrition, nursing care procedures, and ethical and legal considerations.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Associate Degree


Nursing Assistant (CNA) Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes


72% of our recent Nursing Assistant (CNA) graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Nursing Assistant (CNA) graduates reported an average starting salary of $28,621.


Regional Jobs

There are 277 job openings in the CVTC district for the Nursing Assistant (CNA) industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

CVTC has great programs and training with an affordable price. Very proud to attend CVTC and can't wait to enter my next chapter. This will be my second program through CVTC.

Nursing Assistant Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Dental Assistant, Technical Diploma

Lab Assistant, Technical Diploma

Medical Assistant, Technical Diploma

Nursing, Associate Degree

Practical Nursing (LPN), Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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