With Bismarck State College's Nursing Assistant Training Program students gain the knowledge and technical skills needed to secure a job as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in a skilled nursing facility, acute care or home health care. The 80-hour program includes classroom instruction, supervised practical training and clinical practice, and can be taken for college credit or as non-credit training.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
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- Perform basic nursing skills for clients in a variety of settings.
- Safely and effectively perform personal care skills.
- Recognize the psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of clients.
- Demonstrate appropriate attitudes in giving nursing care.
- Exhibit proper ethical and legal behavior in giving nursing care.
- Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrate behavior that maintains the rights of the client.
- Perform nursing care with regard to the principles of infection control.
- Acquire the proper knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies.
2015 starting date - day classes (for credit only)
- January 5
- February 2
- March 2
- April 6
- May 4
- June 1
- July 6
- August 3
- September 8 (Tuesday)
- October 5
- November 2
- January 13 (Tuesday)
- August 25 (Tuesday)
Essential physical requirements for the Nursing Assistant program are:
If the student has a temporary/permanent condition limiting his/her ability to perform the essential physical requirements, please contact the program manager. Class attendance is an essential part of the educational process of this training and is mandatory. Students may be dropped if attendance requirements are not met.
- Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds during class, lab and clinical practice.
- Ability to attend an 8-hour clinical session with minimal resting periods.
Length of Program*
The program takes 80 hours to complete. Of those, 41 hours are dedicated to classroom instruction; 19 hours to classroom supervised practical training, 16 hours for clinical practice and four hours to review and testing.
Students can choose either a non-credit or for-credit option.
Non-credit classes are offered in the evenings in January-November with registration accepted year round. If openings are available, non-credit students can enroll in a day class offered primarily to for-credit students. Ask about availability at time of registration.
The non-credit program cost is $500 (includes book). Payment is due at time of registration.
- Monday - Friday, 6-10 p.m. and one Saturday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
Non-credit students must contact the BSC Continuing Education office at least two working days prior to the start of the class for a refund. A $25 processing fee will be deducted from the amount refunded. If a student cancels after the class has started, the entire registration fee will be forfeited. Students can call (701) 224-5600 for more information.
For-credit class is offered during the day in January and August.
For-credit evening classes are offered February, April, June, July, September, October and November, Monday - Friday 6-10 p.m. and one Saturday 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Monday - Friday, 7:30-9:30 a.m. for approximately seven weeks.
- One eight-hour Saturday lab
- Two four-hour labs
The cost is $625 (includes book) plus college fees. The testing/book fee is included in the tuition fee. Payment in full is due prior to the start of the class. If a student is carrying a minimum part-time status, financial aid may be available.
For-credit students must contact the Student Records office regarding the dates and deadlines for dropping a credit course.
Prior to Registering
In order to receive college credit for the Nursing Assistant program, you must be enrolled at BSC which includes the submission of a BSC application form and a $35 application fee.
For-credit students must contact the Nursing Assistant program manager to acquire an override slip prior to enrolling. The Nursing Assistant class is a two-credit class and the credit will be applied within the semester the course is taken.
For-credit payments are handled through the BSC Business Office at 1500 Edwards Ave, Bismarck.
Classes are held at BSC's Allied Health Campus,
500 East Front Avenue, Room 210, Bismarck.
CNA State Exam*
Students will be able to take the State Nursing Exam after completing the Nursing Assistant class. Students will be notified of the testing date during their classroom instruction. The cost for the state exam is $125 for written exam, $140 for oral exam. For non-credit students the exam fee is due no later than two weeks prior to the exam date. CNA Testing Application
Key Cards (for evening classes only)
The BSC Allied Health Building is accessed by key cards for evening classes. This measure is for the protection of BSC students and staff utilizing the building after hours. All students need to have a key card to gain access to the Allied Health Building for the night and weekend classes. Key cards are issued the first night of class. If the key card is not returned the last night of class, a $10 fee will be charged to the student.
English as Second Language Students (ESL)*
ESL students entering the CNA program need to take an English assessment exam prior to registration. To register for the exam, please contact BSC Testing Services Coordinator at (701) 224-5658. The exam fee is $15. A Level-3 testing score is needed for entrance into the CNA program. Students must indicate they are testing for the CNA program.
* Applies to non-credit and for-credit courses.
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