CNA Classes Kenosha, WI

If your compassionate nature directs you to a career in health care, a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant may be what you need. CNA classes prepare adults for a health care job in as little as three weeks. The length and structure of the training vary slightly by state. Wisconsin State requires prospective nursing assistants to complete at least 120 hours of the theory and practical instruction in the classroom and a long-term care facility. The CNA program will help you develop basic nursing skills and competencies to care for patients, of various ages, cultural backgrounds, and medical complaints, with compassion and integrity. Practice in long-term care facilities hinges on your success on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry Exam – both the written and clinical components.

The current crisis and the shortage of qualified health care professionals increase the demand for professional CNAs to meet the needs of senior patients in long-term care settings. CNAs assist clients with personal care and grooming, check vitals, and ensure their safety and comfort under the direction of a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.

Aurora Health Care Careers

Aurora provides Certified Nursing Assistant Training at several facilities throughout WI. The program helps students develop skills to care for patients in retail and long-term care facilities. The curriculum includes lectures and demonstrations in the classroom and live clinical days comprising of supervised patient care in a skilled nursing facility. It will comprise 120 hours in total, including the clinical experiences. Course topics include medical terminology, infection control, anatomy and physiology, vital signs, observation and reporting, communication, nutrition and feeding, personal care, range of motion exercises, role and responsibility of the nurse aide, fluid intake and output, and hospice care. Students must attend all classroom and clinical sessions to graduate from the program. Classes meet 7:30 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays for 15 days. Program graduates will be eligible to take the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry Exam. Graduates will be hired by Aurora at a rate of $13 per hour. Admission is limited to a few spots, so the most qualified candidates will be selected.

  • Submit a completed application – does not guarantee a spot in the class
  • Attend a personal interview
  • Submit a criminal and caregiver background check
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are available for full-time, year-round employment at Aurora

Tuition costs $600 for students enrolled at the Summit and Grafton sites. Tuition is free at the Milwaukee site. The state test fee is $125.

Kenosha School District

The nursing assistant class offered by Kenosha School is designed for persons who want to enter the health care field. Students will learn how to provide basic supportive skills as they care for patients under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Students will learn in the classroom, simulated lab, and skilled nursing facility. The course covers 120 hours of theory and hands-on practice. Areas of study include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, vital signs, infection control, hospice care, nutrition, observation and reporting, legal and ethical issues, patient confidentiality, patient rights, and rehabilitation and restorative techniques. Students will learn clinical skills such as bed making, ambulation and transfers, transporting clients, measuring fluid intake and output, personal care and grooming, and controlling the spread of infections. Students must attend all scheduled classes to receive a Nurse Aide Certificate and will be eligible to take the state test and be added to the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry. Graduates will earn .75 credit plus 3 GTC credit by the end of the program. The program’s instructors are GTC certified. The program is offered at Kenosha Gateway Technical College or at Indian Trail Academy and High School. Juniors and seniors who meet the academic admission requirements are eligible for enrollment.

Admission criteria:

  • Complete the Contracted Services Application packet
  • Meet with a high school counselor to determine eligibility for the program
  • Have an ACT reading score of 15+ or Accuplacer score of 237
  • Complete prerequisite courses – medical terminology or exploring health occupations
  • Complete the required essay and signed transportation agreement
  • Have a negative TB skin test – must be completed within 12 months of the start of classes
  • Provide documentation of up-to-date immunization – influenza vaccine, Tdap, hepatitis B, or submit the completed Immunization Declination Waiver
  • Have student accident insurance coverage
  • Complete a background check – $25 for the CastleBranch report

Class expenses will cost $465. Other fees include workbook ($16.50), medical document manager ($25), uniform, watch and shoes ($75 to $100), and CNA test ($125).

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College’s Nursing Assistant technical diploma is accredited and prepares students for the State Nurse Aide Registry exam. Students will acquire knowledge and skills to work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, and patients’ homes. The classroom and lab sessions will cover 72 hours of instruction in the role and responsibility of the nurse aide, personal care and grooming, legal and ethical principles, effective communication, observing and recording observations, medical terminology, and the role of the nurse aide in long-term care. Students must participate in direct patient care activities under the direction of a licensed nurse instructor in a health care facility. The clinical sessions will account for 48 hours of the curriculum. Students will learn how to measure vital signs, such as blood pressure, respiration, and pulse, make beds, assist patients with hygiene, and prepare and serve meals. They will also learn how to use modern equipment such as mechanical, hospital beds, and tools used to measure vital signs. Graduates will receive a certificate and will be eligible to take the competency test for placement on the Wisconsin Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Registry. Day and evening schedules are available. New classes begin in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application for admission and the non-refundable application fee of $30
  • Obtain a minimum score of 237 on the Reading Placement Test
  • Order a background check
  • Complete the Acknowledgment of Program Functional Abilities
  • Order Medical Document Manager

The estimated cost for the 3-credit program is $509 including the cost for fees. Books and supplies will cost approximately $201. Students must purchase scrubs and closed-toe shoes.

Quality Healthcare Options

The Certified Nursing Assistant Program at Quality Healthcare Option operates with the approval of the Department of Health Services. The curriculum meets the state’s 120 hours requirement and includes theory and practical instruction. Students will learn in the classroom and lab through lectures, seminars, demonstrations, group activities, role play, and practical sessions. Students must participate in the clinical experience where they will care for clients in a real-world setting under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Courses will cover positioning skills, nutrition and feeding, resident rights, hospice care, infection control, emergency preparedness, transfer skills, hygiene, resident rights, rehabilitation and restorative skills, infection control, and medical and surgical skills. Students will have opportunities to practice and prepare for the state exam. Day, evening and weekend schedules are available to meet the needs of various adults. There is limited space in the program, so applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Admission criteria:

  • Have a photo ID and social security card
  • Submit a completed application and fee
  • Complete the health requirements
  • Pass a criminal background check

Tuition for the program is $1045.

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee Area Technical College prepares adults with basic nursing skills to support clients with daily living activities and special care needs. The three-credit course meets the Nursing Assistant educational requirements outlined by the Department of Health Services. Candidates who are completing high school may enroll in the program and earn college credits while in high school. The training will equip them with the skills and prepare them for certification and employment as a Certified Nurse Aide. Bilingual learners may also benefit from the program as some sections are specifically designed with the bilingual student in mind. Graduates will be eligible to take the State Nurse Aide Registry Exam. The nurse aide certificate is also a prerequisite for enrolling in the nursing program at MATC. The program ladders into both the Practical Nursing technical diploma and the Registered Nursing associate degree. The program is offered throughout the year and runs for approximately 7 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application and fee
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a photo ID and social security card
  • Submit a completed application and fee
  • Complete the Physical Exam Form
  • Have up-to-date immunizations – TB test form, Hepatitis B, influenza
  • Complete the Drug Test Verification Form
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Meet the Nursing Assistant Essential Functions
  • Complete the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Acknowledgement Form

Use the contact information below to obtain a current schedule of classes and tuition.

  • Address: 700 W. State Street, Milwaukee WI. 53233
  • Phone: (414) 297-MATC (6282)
  • Toll Free: (800) 720-6282
  • Email:

Waukesha County Technical College

Waukesha County Technical College teaches nursing assistant students fundamental nursing assistant skills using lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences. The program covers 120 hours in the classroom and supervised patient care experiences at a clinical site. A qualified instructor will guide students as they apply the principles learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. Students will learn how to communicate and interact with patients, families, and members of the health care team, maintain and protect patients’ rights, demonstrate ethical and legal responsibilities in practice, records and record information, and care for diverse populations. They will also learn how to assist with rehabilitative and restorative techniques, assist with disabling conditions including dementia, and work collaboratively with the health care team. Graduates will be eligible to take the state exam to be listed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Competency Exam. The program is offered throughout the year and can be completed in one semester. Various schedules are available to accommodate individual needs.

Admission criteria:

  • Set up a WCTC user account to get username and ID
  • Review the Nursing Assistant Technical Standards
  • Submit a completed Nursing Assistant Application and Background Information Disclosure form
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee of $20 using a check or money order
  • Mail official transcripts of prerequisite courses
  • Register for the CNA course
  • Complete a physical exam and submit the form signed by a physician
  • Complete satisfactory TB test
  • Proof of immunization – Tdap, MMR, varicella, hepatitis B, and annual flu vaccine

The program is not eligible for financial aid.

J. Johnson Education Center

The nursing assistant course at J. Johnson Education Center prepares students for nursing assisting certification in Wisconsin. The curriculum will cover 120 contact hours of theory and practical instruction – 88 hours of lecture and lab and 32 hours of hands-on patient care in a long-term care facility. Students will learn personal care, vital signs, positioning and transfers, observation and reporting, infection control, and fluid intake and output. Graduates will be eligible to apply for the WI State Nurse Aide Registry Exam. Applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be 16 years or older – written parental consent is required from applicants under the age of 18
  • Be able to write, read, and understand English
  • Have a valid state ID or driver’s license and social security card
  • Complete a TB test with negative results
  • Proof of seasonal flu shot
  • Pass a drug and alcohol test
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

The estimated program cost is 1000.00. It includes tuition, textbook, and background check fee.



Crystal G

Crystal is a certified Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for writing about nursing education. Through her articles, Crystal shares insights and tips to help fellow nurses enhance their skills and stay updated with the latest developments in the field. With a focus on practical advice and relevant topics, Crystal's writing is a valuable resource for nursing professionals seeking to advance their careers.