A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides essential services to patients in a variety of medical settings. Apply to Wesley’s free, state certified CNA training program and enter a fast-paced, fulfilling career in healthcare, one of the fastest growing industries. Our 7-week long training academy in Des Moines begins March 5.
Complete a background check (save your confirmation number for the application form). When complete, apply online (below) or download and fill out an application form in person at one of the information sessions.
Following a completed application, attending an information session and entrance exam is required. Students who pass the exam with greater than 80% will receive a phone interview. The ten most qualified applicants will be notified of acceptance.
Tuition is free. Students only pay for state NAR and NAC applications ($65 each), and for their own supplies (examples here): scrubs, watch, shoes, pens, and notebooks.
No, this program is open to anyone over 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must pass a criminal background check. We anticipate hiring students upon successful completion of the program, but a job offer is not guaranteed.
Yes, we are accredited by the Washington State Department of Health.
Applicants must be 18 years of age by the first day of class. This is the minimum age for employment as a CNA at Wesley.
No, we do not guarantee employment upon completion of the course. However, we expect to hire students who complete the program and pass the state exam.
The program is 7 weeks long, with classes three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) for 6-8 hours each day. See our current program calendar (here) for the next available class dates.
CNA stands for Certified Nurse Assistant. A CNA provides hands-on care to patients in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. The Nursing Home Reform Act, adopted by congress in 1987, defined the training and evaluation standards for nursing assistants. A sample job description (here) provides more detail.
Curriculum will cover necessary material to pass the written and the skills portions of the state CNA exam. Emphasis is placed on the basics of nursing and providing high-quality care to patients. Topics include but not limited to: nursing care basics, vital signs, resident rights, confidentiality, restorative care, HIV/AIDS, CPR, and 23 hands on skills.
Information will be provided during the class on the different testing sites in Washington. For more information on the state exam, please visit the Department of Health website.
Yes, CNA licenses must be renewed annually with the state (via mail). Per current regulations, no further training will be required if 200 hours of work are completed every two years.
Wesley Homes Health Center
Attn: Michael Couch
1122 S 216th St. Des Moines, Wa 98198
Sessions located at 816 S 216th St Des Moines, Wa, 98198. Follow signs to main entrance of Terrace Building and turn left to find classroom.
Info session 1: 2/4/2019 @ 5 p.m.
Info session 2: 2/12/2019 @ 5 p.m.
Info session 3: 2/19/2019 @ 5 p.m.
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