Healthcare - Short Term Programs



The healthcare industry continues to offer growth and career opportunities. The Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Program is an entry-level position that trains individuals to work in the long-term care (LTC) or acute hospital setting. CNAs help assist patients with their activities of daily living (ADLs). Some of these include bathing, feeding, range of motion activities, taking vital signs, and oral care. This eight (8) week class will prepare you to sit for the state-required knowledge and skills exam.

Course Title: WDH-451
Course Length: Once a week face-to-face and a minimum of 10 hours a week commitment through the Canvas online learning system. Per state regulations, students must attend 75 hours of lectures. Lectures and online work are mandatory.
Class Dates: June 13, 2022 – August 15, 2022
Class Meets: Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (30-minute lunch and off holidays or when campus is closed)
Location: Springfield Campus, Lincoln Hall 144
Requirements: 100 clinical hours are required by the state for this program. Clinicals begin the second week on Thursdays and Fridays from 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for five (5) weeks.
Tuition: $3,100  (Financial assistance may be available. Apply now to determine eligibility.)

What You'll Learn

  • How to take vital signs of patients
  • How to assist with a range of motion (ROM)
  • Proper handwashing
  • Proper feeding techniques
  • Grooming
  • Proper bathing
  • AHA CPR Certification

What You'll Earn

  • The state of Missouri recognized certified nurse assistant certification
  • Job-ready skills for plenty of local employment opportunities
  • Clinical opportunities around the Springfield – students will be notified during the first week

Hands-On Experience

  • Feeding
  • Handwashing
  • CPR
  • Vital signs
  • Range of motion

What else is important to know

  • Space is limited
  • Background check and urine drug screen required per clinical facility
  • Clinicals are a mandatory program requirement
  • Vaccinations required per clinical facility