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Department: Health Occupations

A great opportunity for ESL Students to become Certified Nurse Assistants through the Health Occupations and English as a Second Language Programs

This program is approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and is taught in conjunction with the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. Students will be provided with the classroom instruction and on-the-job training required to become a Certified Nurse Assistant in the State of Missouri. The program teaches basic nursing skills, resident rights, safety, communication techniques, infection control, and much more. Additionally, it will provide you with the English speaking skills necessary to be successful. CNA’s are eligible for employment in nursing homes, hospitals, home care agencies, and doctors’ offices.

The following three components make up the CNA/ESL Program at St. Charles Community College. Students must successfully complete all three components in order to be certified.

  1. Classroom Instruction
  2. Terminology Class
  3. Clinical Internship
  4. Final Exam (state certification exam)

Classroom Instruction:

  • Fridays, TBD
  • Tuition - $375
  • Location – SCC Nursing & Allied Health Building, #1 Academy Place, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368

The Classroom Instruction includes 78 hours of classroom preparation required by the State of Missouri. Attendance in each class is MANDATORY. Students must have a combined average of 80% on all exams to pass the classroom portion of the program.

Terminology Class:

  • Wednesdays, TBD
  • Location – Check with AEL Office

The Terminology Class is MANDATORY. 

Clinical Internship:

  • Tuition - $310

The Clinical Internship provides the 100 hours of on-the-job training required for certification. Students are eligible to register for this component once they have completed at least six weeks of classroom instruction and MUST be registered by their last day of class at the latest.

Enrollment in the classroom portion of the CNA program does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical internship.

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

Students who are employed at a State of Missouri approved training site may elect to do their clinical training through their employer. Not all facilities are approved to do this training – please check with your Administrator to verify eligibility. If this is route you decide to take, there is no fee for this portion of the program.

Final Exam:

  • Tuition - $115 

The Missouri CNA certification exam is administered to students who have successfully completed the Classroom Instruction and Clinical Internship through SCC. The exam consists of a 75 multiple-choice exam followed by a nine-procedure practicum (clinical) exam. Students must score at least an 80% on the multiple-choice exam in order to move on to the practical exam. Students must score 100% on the practical exam to qualify for certification. 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 successful exam completion.

Students must complete their clinical hours and be REGISTERED for the final exam by Aug. 29, 2020. Exams are typically administered 3-5 weeks after registration. The exam may be taken up to three times within a 90-day time period.

Interested students should contact Diana Shaw at 636-922-8313 or to begin the enrollment process!

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Sue Propper,
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1 Academy Pl Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368
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