Certified Nurse Assistant - Accelerated Program

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Certified Nurse Assistant - Accelerated Program

Department: Health Occupations

This program is offered in an accelerated, hybrid format during the summer semester (lasting approximately eight weeks). Students can expect to complete coursework online, attend two in-person lab days, and participate in twelve clinical shifts at a long-term care facility. Please see the breakdown below for specific dates.

Tuition: $900

Program Dates: May 30 - July 21

Classroom Instruction:

    • Online, May 30 - July 21

In-Person Lab Hours:

    • June 6 & 20, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Clinical Internship: (all clinical shifts will be 7:00am - 3:00pm)

    • Tuesday, June 27
    • Wednesday, June 28
    • Thursday, June 29
    • Wednesday, July 5
    • Thursday, July 6
    • Friday, July 7
    • Tuesday, July 11
    • Wednesday, 12
    • Thursday, July 13
    • Tuesday, July 18
    • Wednesday, July 19
    • Thursday, July 20

*Lab times are 8:00am - 4:00pm; Clinical hours will be 7am - 3pm*

Book: Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care, 4th Edition (ISBN #978-1604250749) AND Workbook for Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care, 4th Edition (Both are available at the SCC Campus Bookstore along with other book sellers, including Amazon.)

This program, approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), provides the instruction and on-the-job training required to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in the state of Missouri. The program teaches basic nursing skills, resident rights, safety, communication techniques and infection control. CNA's are eligible for employment in nursing homes, hospitals, home care agencies and doctor’s offices.

There are three different components that make up the CNA Program and St. Charles Community College offers two of them: classroom instruction/lab hours and clinical internship. The state certification exam is coordinated and proctored through an outside agency. Students must complete all three components in order to be certified in the state of Missouri. 

Individuals MUST be at least 18 years of age to qualify for this course.

For additional information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Web page.

Classroom Instruction/Lab Hours

The classroom instruction and lab hours provide the cognitive education required by DHSS. Classwork will be completed online and lab hours will be completed in person at the Center for Healthy Living on the SCC - Dardenne Creek Campus. Because of the accelerated nature of this course, no lab absences will be permitted. Failure to attend a lab session may result in failure of the program.

Clinical Internship

The clinical internship provides the 100 hours of on-the-job training required for CNA certification in the state of Missouri. Students will be placed at one of our clinical partner facilities to complete these hours and will be required to be at the clinical site three times per week (see schedule above for dates). ATTENDANCE ON ALL CLINICAL DAYS IS MANDATORY. Because of the accelerated nature of this course, no absences will be permitted. Failure to attend a clinical session may result in failure of the program.

Prior to beginning their clinical hours, students will be required to complete and pass a urine drug screening (done at a facility designated by SCC). Information and required paperwork will be provided to the student during the registration process. 

Final Exam

The state certification exam is completed through a third-party vendor. Information on how to register and pay for this exam will be provided in class.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have acceptable background screening from the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry (https://health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr/) (no older than 90 days at time of registration)
  • Must have be free from TB and provide documentation of negative 2-step TB tests (no older than one year)
  • Must have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide documentation.
  • Must apply to St. Charles Community College: https://www.stchas.edu/admissions/apply

Registration Requirements

Complete before registration:

  • College Application: all students must apply to St. Charles Community College prior to registering for class. Please complete and submit the application here: https://www.stchas.edu/admissions/apply

Provide the following at time of registration (bring copies with you for in-person registration or send as attachments for email registrations):

  • Registration Form (you can download the form here if you would like to register via email).
  • Acceptable background screening results from the Family Care Safety Registry (https://health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr/(no older than 90 days at time of registration)
  • Results from 2-step TB Test (no older than one year)
  • Covid-19 Vaccine Documentation

Registration can be done:

  • In-person (1 Academy Place, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368) - office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Through email (healthoccupations@stchas.edu)

Tuition will be due within one business day of your registration being processed. Individualized information will be communicated during the enrollment process.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, nursing assistants earn a mean average of $25,360 per year. 
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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In the state of Missouri, nursing assistants earn a mean average of $25,360 per year.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Contact Information

Jennie Fuentes,
Program Chair
636-922-8284
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Office Location
1 Academy Pl Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
Office Hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Hours may vary during summer – please call to confirm.

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