Before obtaining CNA certification in Tennessee, all nursing assistants must complete a state accredited training program. Training programs within the state provide a minimum 75 hours of training facilitated by a Registered Nurse instructor who has at least two years’ experience. According to state-mandated guidelines, 16 hours of training must cover essential topics such as communication skills, patient rights, emergency procedures, infection control and resident independence before the student begins the clinical component of the training. Graduates can challenge the state competency test, administered by D&S Diversified Technologies, within 24 months of completing a training program. Review the approved training programs below to find one that is right for you.
NATS, Inc nurse aide training is accredited by the Tennessee Department of Health. Students complete the day classes in just five weeks and evening classes in seven weeks. The flexible curriculum allows for weekly enrollment. At the end of the training, students are eligible to take the state nurse aide evaluation. Tuition costs $800 for day or night classes. Due to their association with hospitals and long-term care facilities in Nashville, NATS can assist course graduates with job placement assistance.
- Website: http://natscnt.com/
- Address: 1161 Murfreesboro Rd, Suite 217, Nashville, TN, 37217
- Phone: (615)333-8474
American Red Cross
Before enrolling the Red Cross Nursing Education Program, prospective students must attend a one-hour informational session to find out more about the program and requirements, and ask questions of the program’s instructors. Information sessions are scheduled every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Nashville area. Upon admittance to the training classes, students get all the skills they need to succeed as Certified Nurse Assistants. Use the information below to contact the Red Cross and indicate your intention to attend the next information session.
- Website: http://www.redcross.org/tn/knoxville/local-programs/nursing-and-health-education
- Address: 2201 Charlotte Ave Nashville, TN 37203, USA
- Phone: (615) 250-4300
Saint Thomas Health
Saint Thomas Health is a proud sponsor of nurse assistant training to those who are eager to begin a career in health. The training prepares students to execute their duties and care for patients under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Training takes place in a hospital classroom followed by hands-on training in a clinical setting. Students also obtain the skills and knowledge to pass the state nurse aide assessment. After passing the state assessments, graduates will obtain a listing on the state nurse aide registry and can apply for employment at hospitals, nursing homes or another healthcare facility. Saint Thomas Health provides the training but does not guarantee employment. Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years and possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Contact the institution to find out when the next round of training begins.
- Website: https://www.sths.com/Pages/Careers/Jobs-in-Healthcare-Program.aspx
- Address: 2000 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37236
- Phone: (615) 284-5555
Excel Dental Training Institute
Excel Dental Training facilitates a nursing assistant certificate program that is approved by the Tennessee Department of Health. The training prepares students to assume a key role as a part of a health care team. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion that will make them eligible to take the state exam certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. Program specific entry requirements include a background check, TB test, and immunization. The total cost of tuition is $1750.
- Website: http://www.exceldentalinstitute.com/progams.html
- Address: 5114 Old Hickory Blvd, Suite 200, Hermitage, TN 37076
- Phone: (615) 851-8596
- Toll-Free: (866) 787-2544
- Email: [email protected]
Nashville General Hospital – School of Health Sciences
The Certified Nurse Assistant program at The School of Health Sciences is open for admission every three months. The program targets adult learners who may have no formal training but want to enter health care. The curriculum covers 96 hours of instruction: 60 hours in the classroom and 36 hours of clinical practice. It emphasizes care of the older adult including comfort awareness, respect, elimination, movement, and the activities of daily living. Classes meet on Saturdays for 12 weeks. Students will be prepared for success in the state Nursing Assistant certification exam. Applicants must submit a completed application and fee ($50), proof of high school graduation of GED completion, and a criminal background check and drug screening. Upon clearance of the criminal background check and drug screen, students must obtain TB clearance (PP or chest –ray), and provide proof of immunization (2 MMR and Varicella or positive titer and Hepatitis B or waiver). A seasonal flu vaccine may also be required. The tuition is $1,000 and due in full prior to the first day of class. The course textbook, liability insurance, criminal background check, drug screen, uniform, and CPR for Healthcare Providers will cost extra.
- Website: http://nashvillegeneral.org/school-health-sciences-education#cna
- Address: 1818 Albion St, Nashville, TN 37208
- Phone: 615-341-4659
- Email: [email protected]
NHC Place, Cool Springs
NHC trains nurse assistant students to provide competent, compassionate, and quality care to patients under the direction of a registered nurse. The state and federal approved program includes 75 hours of classroom lecture and clinical practice. Instruction takes the form of lectures, lab practices, videos, role playing, and demonstrations. Graduates are eligible to apply for the Tennessee Nurse Assistant Exam. Applicants must be able to read, write and understand English, pass a criminal background check, pass the admission exam, complete simple math equations, obtain TB clearance, and maintain a positive attitude. There is no fee for students accepted into the program. However, students must purchase a uniform for the duration of the program. Interested candidates should apply in person.
- Website: http://www.nhcplace.com/index.cfm
- Address: 211 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN 37067
- Phone: 615-778-6800
- Fax: 615-778-6820
Signature HealthCARE of Nashville
Address: 832 Wedgewood Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 806-8800
Fax: (615) 806-8817