Certified Nurse Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistant

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Are you interested in the medical field and passionate about helping others? Thrive in hands-on, fast-paced environments? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Certified Nurse Assistant training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Clean and bathe patients 
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress 
  • Turn, reposition and transfer patients from beds to wheelchairs 
  • Measure patient vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature 
  • Serve meals and support feeding 
  • Record patients’ health concerns and report information to nursing/management staff 

Some of the career options you will have ... 

Individuals with their certified nurse assistant credentials often go on to work in hospitals, senior living facilities, schools, clinics, home health care agencies and more. 

In addition, completion of the Certified Nurse Assistant program is a prerequisite for Job Corps’ Advanced Training Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program, which prepares students for additional health care career opportunities.

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Certified Nurse Assistant training program, you will earn nationally recognized credentials and a state-issued credential/license. 

  • Certified nurse assistant license 
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers 
  • Heartsaver® Bloodborne Pathogens 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
  • Compliance with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check, and completion of a training program meeting state content requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Melissa Miller
Melissa Miller , LPN, serves as Certified Nurse Assistant and Basic Life Support instructor at Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. She brings over 20 years of experience in nursing, including her roles as floor nurse, supervisor, weekend manager and now instructor. Melissa also teaches CNA classes at Madisonville Community College and a local nursing home. Nursing and helping others have been her passions for years. Teaching has given her the opportunity to shape and mold students into nurses to start fulfilling, successful careers. Being a positive influence on students’ lives and watching them succeed is by far the best and most rewarding experience of her career. 
Morgan Smith
Morgan Smith is a full-time Certified Nurse Assistant instructor with Muhlenberg Job Corps Center. She has worked in health care for over a decade with a specialty in geriatric medicine. Morgan is also the coach and choreographer for a local high school dance team. Morgan hopes her clinical experience and experience coaching and mentoring young adults and teens has given her the insight and knowledge to inspire, train and shape the future of Job Corps students and, in turn, the future of nursing.