Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Health Sciences

The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Career Pathway Certificate is the first step toward a career helping others in healthcare settings. It prepares students for employment as a nurse aide and fulfills the prerequisite for admission into the Northeast Iowa Community College nursing program. The fast-paced combination of classroom, hands-on lab and off-site clinical experience addresses basic nursing and personal care skills, patient rights and communication. Special attention to mental, physical and social health of geriatric and special populations is included.

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

Paying for the Program


Program Supplies: $73

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

Career Outlook


Estimated annual salary for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Potential Careers

  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Nurse Aide
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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 two-step tuberculosis screening process, background checks, attendance requirements and grades.

Iowa mandates a background check to include criminal, adult/child abuse and sex offender status. A current negative "two-step" tuberculosis (TB) test is also required.

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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.

Jomarie Scholtes, R.N.
Business & Community Solutions (BCS)

  • Email: scholtesjo@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 6905
  • Location: Waukon

Charissa Wegmann
Health/Safety Program Developer

  • Email: wegmannch@nicc.edu
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 3106
  • Location: Town Clock