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

Cynthia Popp
Cynthia Popp Before joining the team at Iroquois Job Corps Center, Cynthia Popp worked as a flight attendant. She later returned to school at Niagara County Community College to finish her nursing degree and brings over 20 years of nursing experience to her role as a Certified Nurse Assistant instructor. Cynthia has experience in a variety of health care settings, including hospital, home care, mental health and drug addiction, as well as corrections. Cynthia finds great reward in teaching and loves the opportunity to help shape the next generation of nurses.  
Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross is a Certified Nurse Assistant instructor at Iroquois Job Corps Center. He worked in the medical field for many years as a licensed practical nurse in nursing homes and other medical facilities before starting his teaching career. He also served as an emergency medical technician with local emergency response teams and fire and rescue volunteers. These experiences gave Kevin adequate perspective to help students understand the variety of circumstances they might encounter in health care. Kevin enjoys seeing students overcome their fears and learning about careers in the medical field.