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Pre-Certified Nurse Assistant

An Introduction to Nurse Assistant Care

Build vocabulary and basic understanding of a CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistant) role in healthcare. Students will gain a better understanding of the wide scope of terminology used in both the CNA training course and the CNA’s role in long-term care. The course will feature 12 units, including practice quizzes and a multiple-choice final exam.
This is an introduction course, not the CNA training class. Upon successful completion of the Pre-CNA course a recommendation to move into the CNA training course will be provided by the instructor.

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Prerequisites / Requirements

  • 4-week commitment
  • Basic knowledge of the English language
  • Able to walk/stand for long periods of time
  • Able to lift 30 lbs
  • Able to provide direct care to patients
Tuberculosis (TB) skin tests, seasonal flu vaccination, and COVID-19 vaccination are not currently required for the Pre-CNA course. However, students preparing to take the BSC CNA training course to obtain a CNA license will need proof of a negative TB test within the last 12 months and must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before attending clinical training within local clinical facilities.

In addition, during the months of September through March clinical facilities require students to have received the seasonal flu vaccination.

Length of Program

Each section is 4 weeks (8 sessions). Sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will learn:
  • How to develop better listening and communication skills
  • Vocabulary words dealing with the body, medicine, and medical equipment
  • Practice testing with multiple choice questions and computer skills
  • The roles and responsibilities of a nursing assistant and the rights of patients
  • Patient safety and how to protect yourself against injury
  • Infection control
To successfully complete, students must meet the following requirements:
  • Receive an 80% or better on weekly quizzes and the final exam
  • 90% attendance rate
  • 100% participation while in class

Course Investment

Registration for the course is $189 and includes course materials. Pre-CNA is a short-term, non-credit program; therefore, TrainND Southwest does not offer financial aid or tuition assistance.

Students may qualify for funding from state and federal agencies. Please contact ND Job Service at (701) 328-5033 ( or the Bismarck Public Schools Adult Learning Center (701) 323-4530 ( for eligibility.


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