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.
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
To become a CNA, you must successfully complete the HSC-168 Nurse Aide course. See the HSC-168 course description and course cost.
To view available HSC-168 sections:
- Search for Courses and Course Sections
- In the Subject dropdown select "HSC Health Science"
- In the Course Number textbox type "168"
- Click the "Search" button
- Click "View Available Sections for HSC-168"
To register for HSC-168 Nurse Aide course, complete the Guest Student Intent to Register.
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.