Certified Nursing Aide

Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) Program

A certified nursing aide (CNA), also known as a certified nursing assistant, helps patients with daily activities that may be difficult for them due to disease, injury or disability. This can include bathing and other hygiene tasks, getting dressed, eating, taking medication on time and helping patients move around safely.  

As a CNA, you’ll work under a nurse’s supervision and may assist with other clinical tasks such as taking a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs. Typical work environments can include hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, adult daycare centers and rehabilitation centers.

While a certified nurse aide is often considered an entry-level position, it can also serve as a good foundation if you’re looking to transition into nursing or other healthcare positions.   

  • Average entry-level wage range:  $15 - 20 per hour
Free training available to qualified candidates

We have partnered with Oakland County Michigan Works! to offer a Certified Nursing Aide program, free to eligible candidates.

Dawn's Journey to becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant

Dawn went from a Fine Arts major to a CNA, in only 8-weeks. Now, she is in OCC’s nursing program and is on the path to getting her Doctorate to become a nurse practitioner. 

Program Information

  • Cohort 9: March 4, 2024 – April 24, 2024 (Monday – Wednesday 6pm - 9pm) 
  • Application Deadline:  February 23, 2024
  • Location: Southfield Campus
  • Value: $1,250

  • Cohort 10: Summer 2024
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Location: Southfield Campus
  • Value: $1,250

What to Expect

  • Focus: The CNA program is designed to provide the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to become a Certified Nurse Aide. 
  • Certification: Following completion of this program, individuals will have the classroom knowledge required to sit for the Michigan Nurse Aide Exam.
  • Real-world experience: It also includes 18 hours of onsite clinical experience at a partnering skilled nursing facility. 
  • Employer Partners: Ascension Providence Hospital-Southfield and Bellbrook Senior Living Facility

Application Requirements

  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Basic math & reading test
  • Tuberculosis clearance (TB Test)
  • Immunizations: MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tdap, Influenza, COVID-19

100% pass rate on the Michigan Nurse Aide Exam


Did you know?
This program is eligible for Michigan Works! funding.