Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Certified nursing assistants (CNA) provide basic patient care under the supervision of nursing staff. Tasks performed include, but are not limited to, measuring patient vitals signs and feeding, bathing, dressing, and moving patients. With additional training, CNAs may also dispense medications.

Career Opportunities

Individuals may find jobs as a CNA, nurse aide, home health aide, or personal care aide.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Nursing Assistants




Home Health Aides




Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Hawkeye Community College cannot guarantee employment or promotion.

Train to Become a CNA

  1. To become a CNA, you must successfully complete the HSC-168 Nurse Aide course.

    View schedule of upcoming HSC-168 courses.

  2. To register for HSC-168 Nurse Aide course, complete the Guest Student Intent to Register.

  3. After successful completion of the HSC-168 Nurse Aide course, you must pass the written and skills portions of the Nurse Aide Competency Exam. Register for the Nurse Aide Competency Exams.

Additional Training Opportunities

Hawkeye offers additional training opportunities to advance your career.

Contact Information

Health Coordinator

Elizabeth Cummings
Adult Learning Center
Email Elizabeth Cummings

Business & Community Education

Cedar Falls Center
319-266-6772 (fax)
Email Business and Community Education

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