Certified Nursing Assistant

NOTEApplicants must now be a certified CNA to apply for the RN and LPN program. 

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course is designed for persons needing nursing assistant training to work in skilled nursing facilities or other healthcare environments; as well as for students preparing to enter the RN and LPN programs at CEI.  THE CNA course is non-credit and offered by Workforce Training and Continuing Education.

Program Process

Classes are eight weeks long and are a blend of online classroom instruction and hands on lab/skills; as well as clinical experience.  We offer classes in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Salmon with a schedule that runs throughout the year.  There are pre-requisites, including attendance at a mandatory orientation; please register here.  More information can be found on our program flyer and you are invited to contact wtce@cei.edu with questions.

After passing the class, students are eligible to test for the state skills and written exams.  Both exams are offered at CEI and students have six months after passing the class to pass the skills exam, and another six months to pass the written exam.

Unique Job Requirements

  1. A current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in Idaho
  2. Evidence of two (2) years’ experience working as a registered nurse
  3. Evidence of one (1) years’ experience in caring for the elderly in a nursing home or hospital as an RN
  4. Evidence of completion of a course in methods of instruction or a Train-the-Trainer type program


What Jobs Can I Get?

As a CNA, you are qualified to work at assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, home health care companies, doctor offices and clinics, and hospitals. Also, you must be a certified CNA to apply for the nursing program at most institutions, including CEI.

How Long Will it Take?

Our non-credit CNA is approximately eight weeks long with class offerings throughout the year.


Why Certified Nursing Assistant at CEI?

We offer multiple CNA classes in Idaho Falls, Rexburg, and Salmon.  You will have experienced and knowledgeable instructors and support staff. You are able to take the course, the State skills exam, and State written test all at CEI.

Want to work in another state?

Find out if your license will transfer.

Professional Licensure

WTCE Healthcare Programs Coordinator
(208) 535-5345