Increasing life expectancy and changes in the national healthcare system influences the growing demands for CNAs. Graduates of approved training programs in the state are eligible to challenge the state exam, administered by the Nebraska Healthcare Learning Center and the Providence Health Career Institute, and work in nursing homes, hospitals, and clinics after certification. Approved training programs include a minimum 75 hours of training. The course must prepare students for the written and skills demonstration component of the evaluation. Once an applicant passes the evaluation, the school will forward the results for the student’s name to get listed on the nurse registry. Consider the list of state-approved programs below.
Nebraska Methodist College
Students earn a certificate of completion and eligibility to sit the state exam after completion of the 4-week CNA classes at Nebraska Methodist College. The curriculum allows for 80 hours of classroom, lab and clinical training, which emphasizes all aspects of patient care. Instructors in the small-class setting pay special attention to the emotional and physical aspects of aging. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, can lift 50 lbs. and provide proof of immunization and criminal free background before admission. The program costs $499 and includes textbook, workbook, CPR training, and the state testing fee. Payment plans are available for all students.
Address: 720 N. 87th Street Omaha, NE 68114
Phone: (402) 354-7000
Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College’s CNA course content follows the guidelines provided by the State of Nebraska. The program covers 18 units in 82 contact hours – students must attend a minimum of 77 hours in order to graduate. However, students must attend the full clinical training. The contact hours for the two components of the program are 59 hours for classroom and lab and 22.5 hours for clinical. Instructors issue a quiz at the end of each unit and a final exam at the end of the program. Applicants must submit a complete background check and TB test results along with the completed application before admission. The nursing assistant course is 6.5 credit hours and costs $436.50 plus the cost of the textbook ($55). The tuition includes liability insurance and background check fee.
Address: 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue, Omaha, NE 68107
Phone: (402) 738-4500
Clarkson College’s intensive nurse aide course prepares students to sit the state competency exam. Applicants must be in good health and be able to lift 50 lbs. Students must provide proof of current TB skin test. The program fee is $495 and includes the required fee for the competency exam, textbook, handouts, and clinical training. Upon completion of the classroom and lab training, students participate in clinical sessions at long-term care facilities in Omaha’s metropolitan area. All students must wear navy blue scrubs, watch with a second hand, and closed toe shoes during this component of the course. Day and evening classes are available, and graduates are eligible to sit the state certification exam.
Address: 101 S. 42 Street Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: (402) 552 3100
Quality CNA is a state-licensed training center serving the Omaha area for more than 10 years. The certified nurse assistant (C.N.A) prepares students to obtain registration through state testing. Quality CNA in an approved testing center, so students can conveniently register and take the state exam on-site. The instructor, a Registered Nurse, teaches students all aspects of long term care in accordance with the nursing board’s curriculum. The course fee is $425, which pays for 76 hours of classroom, lab and clinical training, registration and testing. Quality CNA’s schedule includes day, evening and weekend classes. Students must commit to perfect attendance in order to graduate and receive a certificate upon completion.