Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Preparation Classes


Start your career in the healthcare field as a Nursing Assistant with College of Western Idaho Nursing Assistant program today!

Healthcare is a growing industry with continued opportunities. This is your opportunity for immediate employment, ongoing potential for growth and skills you can use for life. Be on the front line of patient care providers who perform basic nursing-care services for the ill, injured, handicapped, or disabled under the direction and supervision of licensed nurses.

CWI offers you two methods for you to take the nursing assistant class:


  • Receive 88 hours of classroom training
  • 32 hours of clinical experience


  • 12 weeks of online lessons
  • 4 hours per week of onsite skills training
  • 32 hours of clinical experience

Once completed with your preferred method, you will be prepared to take the state examination to earn your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) status that employers look for in the medical profession.

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Workforce Development at College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides you high-quality, short-term training to boost your job skills, acquire new career skills, and earn the certificates you need. Take as many classes as you want in our short-term, credit free classes with no applications, no transcripts, and no hassle. Just sign up and watch your career take off.

Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Provide direct care under the supervision of licensed nurses
  • Assist or provide activities of daily living
  • Collection of specimens
  • Perform range of motion activities
  • Measure vital signs
  • Care for your patients, residents, and clients with dignity and respect

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Current CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers Certificate
  • Vaccinations - TB screen, Hep B and others
  • Pass drug test and background check prior to clinicals

Minimum Age Requirement



Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.


Program fee:  $825

Additional Required Items to Purchase

  • Books:  $120
  • Maroon scrubs, comfortable work shoes, gait belt, BP cuff, stethoscope:  $25 - $125*
  • Watch with a second hand: $15*
  • Immunizations:  $12 - $250*
  • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR:  $50
  • Background check:  $35*
  • Drug test:  $30*
  • Clinical Skills Test:  $50
  • Idaho Nurse Aide Test: $50

*Estimated costs, vary by vendor

Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.


There are an assortment of scholarship opportunities available if you qualify to help cover some or all of the costs associated with classes offered through CWI Workforce Development. Call us at 208.562.2700 for more information.

Payment Options

CWI Workforce Development offers you multiple payment options to cover the cost of your program. For more information, visit Payment Options

Career Info


  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)


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