Certified Nursing Assistant

Would you like to work in a field of growing employment opportunities that offers flexible hours, full time jobs with benefits and multiple career paths?

The CNA certificate offers excellent job opportunities as well as an average wage of $8-12 per hour, frequently with benefits and opportunity for advancement. Flexible hours and short-term training also make this type of position very appealing.

Expected growth in job demand for CNA’s is 18% through 2016 for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants. This would equate to more than 260,000 jobs across the country. *

Flexible – Affordable
Crowder College continues to offer programs at a fraction of the cost of private business colleges. The tuition rate allows students to take the program knowing that there won’t be a huge debt when completed.** Certificate seekers may qualify for financial aid.


1)  Certified Nursing Assistant

2)  Certified Nursing Assistant Specialist

CNA is 7 credit hours and the goal is to receive state certification to work as a CNA in a healthcare field.  The student will receive a state certification number.

CNA Specialist is a 17 credit hour program in which the goal is to not only receive state certification but receive advanced training to make the student more hirable, flexible, and confident in their abilities.  This student will not only receive a state certification number but may also apply for graduation and receive a Certified Nurse Specialist certificate through the degree process at Crowder College.  This short-term course will not only help you find employment in a health-related field, but give you an advantage if you decide to apply for professional school.  CNA jobs are found in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home health care.  The growing population and limited nursing staffs have extended the opportunities for CNAs.

Certificate Requirements – Visit the most current catalog for requirements.

CNA Specialist Certificate

CNA Specialist Certificate Plan of Study

Certification Component – Passing the Missouri certification is NOT a requirement for obtaining this certificate from Crowder College, however, the exam must be taken as part of the program. Most medical facilities require Missouri certification for employment so the intent of the program and the student is to pass the certification exam.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09 Edition
** Tuition may be subject to change. This does not include fees and book costs.