Certified Nursing Assistant

The C.N.A. Program emphasizes the necessary skills for you to function as an important member of the nursing team under the direction and supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse. Students are given opportunities to develop a variety of skills in both classroom and clinical settings. Certified Nursing Assistant Program

CNA Application Form 

1. What qualities and abilities are necessary for a C.N.A. to be successful?

2. What are the duties of a C.N.A.?

Duties include: walking, turning and positioning patients; providing basic hygiene; lifting; transferring; infection control; toileting; measuring vital signs such as: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration.

3. What are the employment opportunities for a C.N.A.?

Opportunities for employment can be found in nursing homes, hospitals, home health care, clinics and doctors’ offices. The C.N.A. program may be the first step in determining if a career in Health Care is for you.

4. Am I required to be licensed in order to be hired as a C.N.A.?

All nursing assistants are required by state law to complete an approved program and pass the state exam prior to functioning as a C.N.A..

5. Are there any other special requirements necessary for employment as a C.N.A.?

Employment requirements vary by facility; however, a criminal background check may be required to work with patients and clients.

6. What can I expect to be paid as a C.N.A.?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nursing assistants in Montana earn between $7.50 and $11.50 per hour with the median hourly wage at $9.50.

Length of Program
The C.N.A. program consists of 86 hours of instruction held over a 10 week period. Instruction will be held in the classroom and off-site in a clinical setting. The off-site training will occur in nursing homes and medical facilities in Missoula. This allows for hands-on training with residents and/or patients.

Application Requirements:
You will need to submit the following to be considered for admission to the C.N.A. program:
  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Results from the Test of Adult Basic Education (T.A.B.E.) or a college transcript with a minimum of 12 passing credits. The cost of the TABE is $25, call 549-8765 for times the TABE is being administered.
  3. Completed County Criminal Background Check that includes every county you have resided in for the past 8 years.
  4. Medical records
Upon conclusion of the C.N.A. program the certification exam will be scheduled. The required fee for this exam is covered in the cost of the supplies.

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