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Certified Nursing Assistant

Registration for cNa is open

At a Glance

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Saint Joseph’s College not only offers students the opportunity to learn the knowledge necessary to become a certified CNA but also to learn the skills through hands-on and relevant learning. Before students are sent out for their clinical experiences, we replicate real-life situations in our new CNA lab; this allows our students to practice and perfect their learning and skills.


CNAs provide care to patients in many different settings; nursing homes, retirement homes, hospitals, adult daycare, etc. CNAs provide primary care to patients or residents, such as personal care, dressing, bathing, and feeding, as well as helping monitor patients and documenting and communicating with the nursing staff. The duties of CNAs are dependent upon your work environment. Regardless of where one is employed, CNAs are a critical component of inpatient care. 


Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for their CNA certification exam.  The certification is through the Indiana Department of Health.

Course Topics

In the Certified Nursing Assistant program, the skills and topics you will learn include:

  • The Roles & Responsibilities of the CNA

  • Resident Rights

  • Infection Control

  • Medical Concerns and Safety

  • Fire Safety

  • Basic Nursing

  • Activities of Daily Living

  • Resident Environment

  • Skin Care & Pressure Prevention

  • Restraints

  • Rehab & Restorative Services

  • Oxygen Use

  • Special Needs

  • Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities

  • Cognitive Impairment

  • Common Disease & Disorders

  • Admission, Transfer & Discharge

  • End of Life Care

  • Daily Responsibilities

  • Protecting Your Profession

Career Outlook

The average hourly pay for a Certified Nursing Assistant is  $11.00 – $13.00

The job outlook for CNA is expected to grow much faster than average.


Projected Employment for Indiana is an Increase of
4,020+ job openings.

Employment data taken from 

–sponsored by the US Department of Labor

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Start Dates and Times


January 24 - February 24, 2022

9am to 1pm

Meets Monday and Thursday

March 29 - April 28, 2022

9am to 1pm

May 31 - June 30, 2022

9am to 1pm

August 2 - September 1, 2022

9am to 1pm

All classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday each week.


* All times listed are Central Time


**Additional start dates will be added

if enrollment permits

Program Info


CNA Tuition: $870

Non-refundable registration fee: $100

Scrubs, background check, clinical rotation physical (with TB, CBC and drug screen) are required at the student's expense

8-week class including

80 hours of Clinical Rotation completed over 3-4 weeks

at our contracted clinical sites


Meets 2 days each week

4 hours each day

Class size: 12 students

Space is limited, please register early to secure your spot

Contact Us


Interested in learning more about the Certified Nursing Assistant program?


Contact Hali Chapman

Program Director at 

219-866-6000 ext. 2022



Core Education Building

Room 113

1214 Tonner Road

Rensselaer, IN 47978