Certified Nurse Aide

CNA students working with simulation manikinAre you interested in quickly starting into a new career in healthcare? SC4's Certified Nurse Aide training program is a 96-hour, state-approved curriculum that qualifies you to take the Michigan CNA Exam. While CNAs work in hospitals, they also commonly work in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, as well as home health aides.

The job outlook for certified nurse aides is very good for the next several years, with expected growth of 13 percent through 2022. The average wage for a CNA is around $13 per hour. With SC4's CNA program, you could be ready to move up to a better income and steady employment in just ten weeks.

Program prerequisites

This program has no prerequisites. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the free Accuplacer tests, available through the college's Testing Center, in order to prepare for further studies in nursing, healthcare or other subjects in the future. To make an appointment to take the Accuplacer tests, which include Reading, Writing, and Math assessments, call (810) 989-5555.

Preparation assistance for the Accuplacer tests is available at the college's Achievement Center. More information is available by calling (810) 989-5759.

Requirements for the SC4 CNA Program

  1. You must be at least 17 years old.
  2. You'll need to pass a physical examination, including a 10-panel drug screen and provide a current tuberculosis test.
  3. You should be able to lift at least 50 pounds independently and pull at least 100 pounds.
  4. You must pass a background check. A misdemeanor or felony may exclude you from admission. Learn more about the background check.

Summer 2018 program

August 21 through October 18, 2018 (day classes)
Course number: ZPAH 159-01 (1556)
Location: Port Huron campus
9.6 CEUs/96 contact hours
Cost: $1,025 

  • Books and criminal background check are included in the class fee.
  • Scrubs and watch with a second hand required.
  • Stethoscope optional.

Scholarships may be available.  Admission to this training program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (810) 989-5666.

Class schedule

Register here (search for "CNA")

Job outlook for certified nurse aides

Average salary: $13.34 per hour in Michigan
Job outlook: 12% increase in Michigan through 2024
Types of jobs available: Certified nurse aide, nursing assistant, hospital assistant 

Approved Program

Approved by the Nurse Aide Training Programs, Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Long Term Care Division, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, MI 48909.

Please note: The CNA program is non-credit. While the training is valuable and thorough, no credit from this program counts toward other nursing or healthcare certificates or degrees at SC4.