Accelerated Certified Nurse Assistant Program

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Tuition: $800

Book: "Nurse Assisting In Long Term Care" (available in SCC Campus Bookstore or on the following website

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 at St. Charles Community College: classroom instruction, clinical internship and final exam (state exam). Students must complete all three components in order to be certified.

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

Classroom Instruction

The classroom instruction provides the 75 hours of preparation required by DHSS. Students will attend class twice a week. ATTENDANCE IN ALL CLASSES IS MANDATORY. Because of the accelerated nature of this course, no absences will be permitted. Failure to attend class 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 twice a week. Students will be able to choose either a morning clinical shift (7 a.m.-3 p.m.) or an evening clinical shift (3-11 p.m.). 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 Missouri CNA exam is administered to students who have successfully completed the CNA classroom instruction and clinical internship requirements through SCC. The exam consists of a 75-question multiple-choice written exam followed by a minimum nine-procedure practicum (clinical) exam. Students must score at least an 80% on the written exam in order to move on to the practicum portion. Students must then score 100% on the practicum to qualify for certification.

Students who fail to pass any part of the test on their first attempt will have the opportunity to re-test within 90 days of their first test. An additional $115 fee will be assessed for each re-test.

Upon completion of the exam, results will be submitted to DHSS and an approved certifying agency. Certificates will be issued by the certifying agency and students should receive them within 45 days of testing. An additional $20 fee for the certifying agency will be assessed on the day of the test. Information on this fee will be provided before the test. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English. Students may sign up for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered at SCC free of charge.
  • Be able to read at an eighth grade level.
  • Provide a copy of an acceptable background screening from the Family Care Safety Registry (no older than 90 days). 
  • Be free from tuberculosis and provide documentation of a negative 2-step TB test or acceptable chest x-ray results (dated within the last 12 months).
  • Complete and pass a urine drug screening at a designated facility (additional information and paperwork will be provided during the registration process).

Registration Requirements

Registration is done in person in the Nursing & Allied Health Office (#1 Academy Place, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368). Office hours are from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Hours may vary, so it's always a good idea to check with us before coming.

Please bring the following items when you come in to register –

This is a non-credit, certificate course. Tuition and fees are due at time of registration and are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Office Info

Office Hours

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hours may vary. Please call to confirm.

Office Location

St. Charles Community College 
Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
1 Academy Place, Suite 102
Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368

Office Coordinator

Kerry I. Thompson