CNA Program

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Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Requirements Before Starting

  • Documentation of Current Vaccinations and Immunizations including but not limited to the Mandated COVID Vaccinations and (2) Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Tests*
  • Criminal Background Check**
  • Class Registration Form Completed/Payment

*(2) Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Tests must be completed within 12 months prior to the class start date (One week’s time is required between first and second skin tests. Tests are performed by the healthcare provider of your choice

**Iowa Western will perform background and drug screening for anyone who wishes to register for the course

Choose Hybrid* or Traditional Style Classes

$595 Traditional Classes | Tuition, Textbook, and Non-Refundable Processing Fee

$675 Hybrid Classes* | Tuition, Textbook, and Non-Refundable Processing Fee

$175 | State Testing Fees

*Mixture of online and in-person learning

*Classes are currently being updated, if you don’t see a specific course call the Continuing Ed office at 712-325-3256

CNA Testing

Written Test
Skills Test

About the Program

  • 79 Hour Course is offered monthly in a variety of locations and taught by Registered Nurses
  • Provides knowledge and basic nursing skills needed to care for patients and residents in a variety of long term care facilities
  • Nurse Aide students will be awarded 3 Iowa Western credits upon successful completion of course 
  • Course is a  prerequisite to the IWCC Nursing program course consists of 34 hours of classroom instruction, which includes professional soft skills, 15 hours of lab, and 30 hours of clinical
  • Onsite classes available in Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Clarinda, Harlan and Shenandoah*

*Subject to availability, based on enrollment numbers

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or (712) 325-3259.

Job Outlook

Wages: 2020 Median Salary $30,830 (14.82/hour)

Career Examples: Long-Term, Assisted Living, Home Health, and Hospital Patient Care

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Refunds: You may cancel your registration 5 business days prior to the start of the class date and receive a 100% refund excluding the $50 non-refundable processing fee. If contacting outside Iowa Western Community College’s Continuing Education Department business hours, leave a voicemail and or send the department an email. Iowa Western’s Continuing Education is not responsible for refunds if contact is not pursued via voicemail and or email. In compliance with the IWCC policy, refunds will only be produced in the form of a check.  A check will be issued within 14 business days after the refund is admitted to the customer. Refund will be sent to the customer’s address that is on file. Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for more details at [email protected]Cancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling or where a minimum enrollment is not achieved.  A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes.  Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to $25.00 transfer fee.  Non-attendance for a class does not constitute a withdrawal and refunds are not issued for non-attendance.  Transfers may be made up to two full business days (unless otherwise noted in the class information) prior to the start date of the class.  After that time, transfers will not be permitted and no refund will be issued.