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Certified Nurse Assistant

Department: Health Occupations

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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. CNAs 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 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. 

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

Classroom Instruction (CNA 100)

Tuition: $550 (in-person), $600 (online)

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 classroom instruction provides the 75 hours of classroom preparation required by DHSS. Classes are held in-person or online. Online classes are held through Canvas (SCC's educational platform). Students must have a combined average of 80% on all exams to pass the classroom portion of the program.


  • 44B - Mondays, Sept. 20 - Dec. 6, 8am - 3pm
  • 45B - Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 21 - Nov. 11, 4 - 9pm
  • 51B - Online, Sept. 20 - Nov. 12

Eligibility Requirements

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)

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.

Clinical Internship (CNA 102)

Tuition: $350

**Clinical hours are currently dependent upon student employment and feasibility of in-person meetings. Additional information will be communicated as the class progresses.**

The clinical internship provides the 100 hours of on-the-job training required for CNA certification in the state of Missouri. Students are eligible to register for this component once they have completed at least 50% of their classroom instruction. Students MUST be registered for the clinical internship by their last day of classroom instruction. 

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

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) and attend a clinical orientation. Information and required paperwork will be provided to the student during the clinical registration process.

Students who are employed at a State of Missouri approved training site (these are Intermediate or Skilled Care Facilities) may elect to do their clinical training through their employer. In this case, students will need to coordinate with their facility to complete the required hours. (Please note: Not all facilities are approved to do this training – please check with your Administrator to verify eligibility.)

Sections (a day shift is typically 7am - 3pm; an evening shift is typically 3-11pm)

  • 42: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 8-hour day shift
  • 43: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 8-hour evening shift
  • 44: Tues/Thurs, 8-hour day shift
  • 45: Tues/Thurs, 8-hour evening shift
  • 46: Mondays - Fridays, 8-hour day shift
  • 47: Mondays - Fridays, 8-hour evening shift

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have completed at least 50% of the SCC CNA classroom instruction (for in-person classes) or 25% of the SCC CNA classroom instruction (for online class).
  • Have a combined average of 80% on all classroom exams (instructor verification required on clinical application)
  • Complete and pass a urine drug screening at a designated facility (paperwork provided during clinical registration).
  • Have a current flu vaccine and be able to provide documentation (Sept-March).
  • Have negative 2-step TB test results (no older than one year at the time of registration)

Registration Requirements

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

  • Clinical Internship Application (provided by instructor)
  • Negative 2-step TB tests (no older than one year at the time of registration)

Final Exam (state certification)

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.

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

Tuition and schedules for the CNA program are subject to change without notice. Please check this Web page frequently to stay updated on any changes made.

Salary Outlook

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

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.

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