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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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Nursing Assistants are important members of the healthcare team. They generally work under the direction of supervisory staff within a healthcare facility.

Nurse Aides work closely with patients on a daily basis to provide essential care such as checking vital signs, making up patient beds and assisting patients with tasks such as personal grooming. They can also assist doctors and nurses with basic medical procedures.

Nebraska Methodist College provides multiple options to meet your needs. The most popular options are a four week on-campus program and a six-week online hybrid program. Additional courses are scheduled in 5 to 16 week lengths to meet the needs of all types of students. Subject matter is the same for all classes.

Nursing Assistant salaries in the United States vary by work setting and experience. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the median salary for Nursing Assistants in the United States was $30,830 per year ($14.82 per hour) in May 2020, with a much faster than average growth rate of 8 percent between 2020 and 2030. 

CNAs are qualified to work in a variety of settings, including: 

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Medical offices
  • Home healthcare 
Program Perks
  • Four-week on-campus certificate program features small classes taught by experienced instructors who encourage a hands-on approach to learning.
  • Six-week hybrid certificate program features mostly online coursework, with students expected to come to campus once per week to take part in interactive learning activities.
  • The program emphasizes care for all types of patients. Special attention is devoted to the aging process, including identifying the physical and emotional aspects of aging and helping patients to achieve and maintain the optimal level of well-being at any age.
  • Following completion of training, eligible students may take the competency exams to qualify for State of Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry placement.
  • The program offers hands-on clinical experiences at local long-term care and rehabilitation facilities.
  • Day, night and weekend classes available

Accreditation & Licensure

Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Information


  • Minimum age of 16
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Good physical health & ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • No history of abuse or neglect on your record
  • Complete health history form & provide proof of current immunizations. Form and immunization record must be brought to the first class. Reduced rate for immunizations received by Campus Health for students not up-to-date on vaccinations.

Dress Requirements:

  • Students are required to have a watch with a second hand.
  • Scrubs may be required and may be a prescribed color/style.


The following items must be submitted in order to complete the registration process and secure your place in the class:

  • CNA online registration
  • Payment of tuition
  • Proof of immunizations (required 1st week of class)


Registration must be completed one week prior to the class start date. Class size is limited, available seats are first come-first serve.

Costs & Required Materials

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Program Cost


Program Includes

  • BLS Healthcare Provider CPR ($65 value)
  • Clinical and On-Site State Testing ($100 value).


Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care, 4th Edition
Susan Alvare Hedman, Jetta Fuzy, RN, MS and Suzanne Rymer, MSTE, RN-BC, LSW

ISBN: 978-1-60425-074-9


Workbook for Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care: Long-Term Care, 4th Edition

 ISBN: 978-1-60425-075-6


Watch with second hand or digital watch that includes seconds.


Not all clinical experiences require scrubs. Students will be notified the first day of class if scrubs are required for their specific clinical experience. Please wait to purchase scrubs until after your first class.

Optional Items

Clinical bag, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope

All required and optional materials are available for purchase at the campus bookstore.

Meet the Faculty

Our nursing faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty
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Additional information

About the CNA Course

This course is a minimum of 76 hours of classroom, skills and competency training with or without hands-on clinical opportunities.

Syllabus and course schedule are provided to the student on the first day of the course. Clinical opportunities are subject to availability.

Participants are provided with content and hands-on experience which prepare them to sit for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services written and skills competency exams. No credits are offered for this program, but students will receive a certificate of completion.

Tuition must be paid in full prior to the first day of class, payment plans are available on request. Students are responsible for purchasing the required materials. 

Students must have all required materials on the first day of class, unless otherwise stated.


Individuals previously listed on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry who have lapsed or become inactive are eligible to reactivate their registration by successfully completing the written and clinical skills exams.

Nebraska Methodist College is an approved provider of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services written and skills competency exams. Please verify eligibility prior to registering by calling, (402) 471-0537.

Written Competency Exam (1 hour): $30*
Skills Competency Exam (1 hour): $30*

*Payment is required at the time of registration (no exceptions) and is non-refundable.

Upon successful completion, NMC submits verification to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Service, Nursing and Nursing Support. Questions regarding the registry can be directed to (402) 471-0537. Registry status verification may also be done online.

To register or view available dates, visit our course catalog.


Individuals recertifying need to prepare for both the written and skills exam to successfully pass both elements required for recertification. Options include studying materials from their previous CNA class, reviewing and practicing required skills, and taking a refresher course

CNA Recertification Location:

All Nebraska Methodist College CNA recertifications are completed on campus, located:
Nebraska Methodist College
720 North 87th St
Omaha, NE 68114

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