Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Health Sciences

Learn basic nursing, personal care and communication skills, and gain an understanding of patient rights with an emphasis in mental, physical and social health of geriatric and special populations. Online and classroom learning is supplemented with hands-on lab and off-site clinical experiences. Credits from this program could apply to the Northeast Iowa Community College Nursing program.

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Credits: Noncredit
Locations: Calmar, Cresco, Manchester, Oelwein, Peosta, Town Clock Business Center (Dubuque), Waukon

Paying for the Program


There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.

It is easy to apply to the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Career Pathway Certificate program! Simply follow the steps below to complete the application and assessment process:

  1. Meet the minimum age requirement of 16 years.

  2. Register by phone or submit your registration online.

  3. Attend the mandatory orientation as noted in the class schedule. At the mandatory orientation further requirements for successful completion of the CNA class will be discussed, including the clinical requirements, background checks, attendance requirements and grades.

  4. View the CNA Clinical Requirements (PDF).

  5. CNA Criminal and Abuse Guidelines 
Enrollment Information Request Information
Course Hours
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) 80 hours
Total Hours 80 hours

With successful Nurse Aide State testing, graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program may enter the workforce or transfer course credit into the Practical Nursing program or Associate of Science program. For a listing of courses and how they transfer, visit the transfer webpage and select "Credit for NICC non-credit coursework."

Tuition assistance is offered for this program, supported by the Opportunity Dubuque partnership.

View a list of upcoming Certified Nurse Aide - CNA / Healthcare class offerings in our noncredit registration portal. For other questions regarding this program or noncredit CNA class offerings, please contact our Health Team at bcs-health@nicc.edu or call Business and Community Solutions at 844.642.2338, ext.1399.

This program fulfills the Northeast Iowa Community College admission requirement for the Nursing program.

For a listing of courses and how they transfer, visit the Credit for Prior Learning page and select "Credit for Northeast Iowa Community College Non-Credit Coursework" to see the "Non Credit to Credit Course Matrix."