By Renée Lundberg

The role of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is to provide basic, dependable bed-side nursing care to patients while ensuring their safety and comfort. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and nurse aides is expected to grow by 21 percent nationally from 2012 to 2020 due to growing elderly population. Bay College’s Training and Development Division offers a CNA training program that prepares the student for immediate employment as a nursing assistant. Graduates then qualify to take the state competency evaluation test for nursing assistants.

The CNA training program consists of 120 total hours: 40 hours classroom lecture, 40 hours laboratory training, and 40 hours clinical training. It is offered up to 4 times a year in Escanaba (M-TEC) and once a year in Iron Mountain (Bay West). Cost of the training program is $800 plus the cost of books, instructional material, and scrubs. All students must pass a criminal history check and provide proof of immunizations. For more information, contact Renée Lundberg at 906-217-4224 or [email protected].