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Technical Diploma

Nursing Assistant

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Nursing Assistant Overview

Find your future in the healthcare field in less than one year! CVTC’s Nursing Assistant program allows you to earn your technical diploma and start your career as a nursing assistant 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.

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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. After successful completion of this program, you'll be equipped with the skills needed for certification to become a CNA. 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 technical diploma credits apply toward the Nursing associate degree if you choose to continue your education and is a pre-requisite and foundation for many other health programs. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

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.

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Just the Facts

Nursing Assistant
2 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
14 Weeks or Less

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire, River Falls

Start Months
Start months occur throughout the year. View Upcoming Courses


Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosure


Non-Traditional Occupation

Bloodborne Pathogens

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

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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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Estimated Program Cost 

 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $363

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Career Opportunities


Certified Nursing Assistant

Personal Care Assistant

Resident Assistant

Graduate Employers

Christian Community Homes

Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center

Comforts of Home

Dove Healthcare

Grace Lutheran Communities

The Classic at Hillcrest Greens

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Nursing Assistant graduates reported an average starting salary of $31,907.



56% of our recent Nursing Assistant graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 262 job openings in the CVTC district for the Nursing Assistant industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Nursing Assistant program.

Sample Courses

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.

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Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a career pathway?

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.

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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

Clinical Assistant, Technical Diploma

Medical Assistant, Technical Diploma

Medical Coder, 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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  Unsure of which program you'd like to go into? Learn more about our Career Assessment to help narrow down your options.

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Admission Requirements

Each program requires specific requirements a student must meet to be considered for admissions to this program.

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