Nurse Aide (CNA) Course

The Clarkson College Nurse Aide (CNA) course prepares non-licensed individuals to provide safe, effective and caring services to patients, residents and clients in a variety of health care settings as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). This rigorous, short-term CNA certification course provides a hybrid format with online instruction, as well as practice of clinical skills in the lab setting. Students learn how to be a contributing member of the health care team, effectively communicate and interact with patients and coworkers, practice infection control, provide personal care, and assist patients with restoration and rehabilitation.

Clinical opportunities are provided within the course schedule in the Clarkson College clinical lab. Scrubs, an analog watch with a second hand, and clean, closed toe shoes are required for clinical sessions. Time of clinical sessions may differ from the lab sessions. Students are provided a complete schedule of dates and times at registration for the CNA certification course. 

This is a non-credit Professional Development course. College credit is not provided.

The Clarkson College Nurse Aide (CNA) Course is approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and meets all requirements set forth by the State of Nebraska for nurse aide (CNA) training.


The state of Nebraska requires that a student must:
  • Be 16 years old.
  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
  • Be in good health and able to lift 50 pounds throughout the clinical sessions.
  • Not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude that is rationally related to the position of a nurse aide. (Moral turpitude has been defined as an act or behavior that violates accepted moral standards and in legal terms means anything done contrary to justice, honesty, modesty, good morals and with the intent to defraud).

Course Materials

"Basic Nursing Assistant Training, Sixth Edition." Textbook is included in course tuition.


$525 payable by cash, money order, or credit card (VISA, MC, Discover) at time of registration.

Course fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Textbook & workbook ($90 value)
  • Course handouts and materials
  • State written and skills competency examinations ($70 value)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) Course Voucher ($80 value)

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendance at every lab and clinical session, for all of the scheduled time, is mandatory.
  • A minimum of 45 hours participating in the Nurse Aide online course is required. The amount of time spent online participating in the course is recorded by the learning management system.
  • An average of 80% or better on all unit tests and the final exam.
  • Satisfactorily demonstrate all required patient care skills in lab sessions.
  • Pass a Professional Behaviors Evaluation.
  • Pass a Student Clinical Evaluation.


Requirements for placement on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry

  • Successful completion of the Clarkson College Nurse Aide Course as stated above.
  • Score of 70% or better on Nurse Aide State Written Competency Exam.
  • Score of 70% or better on the Nurse Aide State Skills Competency Exam.

Student information is submitted to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for placement on the Nurse Aide Registry upon passing both the Nebraska State Written and Skills Competency Examinations.


All lab and clinical sessions are held at Clarkson College, located on 42nd and Dodge Streets in Omaha, Neb.

Cancellation Policy & Refund Information

If you cannot attend the course you registered for, you must fill out a Drop/Cancellation form. Paperwork must be completed, signed and returned to the Professional Development office before you can be officially dropped from the class. You will be responsible for paying the course fee if you do not drop/cancel the course within the cancellation guidelines. The drop/cancellation refund schedule is as follows:

  • Drop/cancellation forms received five or more business days prior to the class start date will receive a refund minus a 10 percent withdrawal fee.
  • Drop/cancellation forms received four or less business days prior to the class start date will receive no refund.
  • A refund is not provided nor is a transfer allowed for failure to attend or not meeting course completion requirements.
  • All refunds will be sent to the payee address on file within 60 days.
  • If course fee was paid with a credit card, a refund is issued to the same credit card.


Professional Development Office

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

Professional Development Office
101 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE 68131-2739
PH 402.552.3396 or 402.552.6148

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