Wesley CNA Academy

Time for a career change?

Attend our free CNA training course and join one of the fastest growing careers.

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. Fill out an online application and attend our 7-week training academy in Des Moines.

View our 2019 Summer Calendar for program schedule and info session dates.


How do I apply?

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 (here) 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.

How much does the program cost?

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.

Do I need to be a Wesley employee to attend classes?

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.

Is your training program state certified?

Yes, we are accredited by the Washington State Department of Health.

How old do I have to be to take the class?

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.

Will I be guaranteed employment?

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.

How long is the program?

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.

  • Total Hours: 142 hours
  • Classroom: 43.5 hours
  • Skills lab: 35 hours
  • Clinical: 64 hours

What is a CNA?

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.

What will the program cover?

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.

Where can I take the state CNA exam?

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.

Will I have to renew my CNA license?

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.

Instructions for Summer (July-August) 2019 Application

  1. Complete background check authorization form. (Be sure to copy your confirmation number, the application form requires it.)

  2. Complete the online application form below. Alternatively you can use the printed version and mail to:

Wesley Homes Health Center
Attn: Michael Couch
1122 S 216th St. Des Moines, Wa 98198

  1. You must attend an information session in order to take a brief test (dates/directions below) and sign up for an interview. If you do not attend an information session you will not be offered an interview or considered for the program.

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:       6/3/2019 @ 5 p.m.
Info session 2:       6/10/2019 @ 5 p.m.
Info session 3:       6/13/2019 @ 5 p.m.

  1. The application and test will be reviewed by the CNA Program Director for consideration.

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