Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing’s state-approved Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program prepares students to assist patients and nurses with daily living needs. Students are taught the Texas Department of Aging and Disability (TDAD) Curriculum, and by the end of the course, students will be prepared to take their CNA state exam and function as an entry-level CNA employee.

CNA students who successfully complete the required hours and course objectives will be eligible to submit their application to take their state certification exam.

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Certifications

  • Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate

Continue Your Education with a Nursing Assistant Certificate

Two HSU nursing students checking vital signs on dummy

Career Entry

The CNA certificate gives students a baseline to get started in nursing, prepare for a career, and students must only be 16 years old or older to take the certificate.

HSU Nursing student looking at her clipboard

Flexible Pace

The CNA certificate offered by PHSSN enables students to choose a course pace that fits their schedules and gets them out into the field to quickly utilize new knowledge and skills.

Great Demand

Once certified, CNAs can work in a hospital, nursing home, doctor’s office, etc. In 2017, PHSSN had a 100% course pass rate, and 89% of graduates became certified and found jobs.

Program Details

The program is a total of 100 hours and consists of both classroom and clinical days.

Application, interview, and admission to CNA certificate all completed at PHSSN.

CNA Certificate

  • Criminal background check, including fingerprints
  • Drug screening
  • Negative TB screening
  • All required immunizations
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella):  If born after January 1957, 2 doses of MMR 28 days apart or serological (blood test) evidence of immunity.
    • Chicken Pox (Varicella):  2 vaccines given at least 4 weeks apart are required.  Documentation of the disease or serological proof of immunity is also accepted.
    • Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis):  A booster of “Tdap” is required within the past 10 years.
    • Hepatitis B Series: 3 vaccinations or serological evidence of immunity. The administration dosage and time separation of the 3 Hepatitis B vaccination series as recommended by the Texas Health and Human Services.
    • Flu Vaccine: Within the past 12 months unless the vaccine is not available.
    • Meningococcal (MCV4):  If under the age of 22 (Vaccine received within the last 5 years of enrollment)
    • TB Skin Test: within the past 12 months.  If the skin test is positive, a negative
    • Chest X-Ray is required.
      • Immunizations must be current prior to clinical training.  Students will not be permitted to attend clinical training without proper documentation of the required immunizations, in addition to a negative TB test.
      • Adult CNA immigrant students are required to have documentation of Tdap/Td 3 dose series as recommended by the CDC
  • Students must meet criteria for physical requirements
  • Students must be able to read and comprehend at an 8th-grade level

CNA students who successfully complete the required hours and course objectives will be eligible to submit their application to take their state certification exam. Once certified, Certified Nursing Assistants can work in a hospital, nursing home, doctor’s office, etc.