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Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant

The Advanced Certified Nursing Assistant program is designed to meet the growing needs of the community's healthcare system. It prepares students to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities, including phlebotomy. Successful completers are eligible to take the certification exams for nursing assistants and phlebotomists. Areas of employment include care in clinics, doctor's offices, home health services, hospice and laboratories.

  • 11-week program
  • Meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • In addition to being a CNA, students will also earn certifications in CPR, phlebotomy, medical terminology and professional development training.



  1. Apply through Gadsden State Community College Skills Training Admissions & Registration. 
  2. Include a copy of driver’s license or state ID.
  3. Must attend Orientation prior to class start date.

This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). For information, email


  • ALL CNA and Phlebotomy skills validated with an average of at least 75%
  • ALL CNA and Phlebotomy exams up to date with an average of at least 75%
  • Phlebotomy final exam with an average of at least 75%
  • BLS, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens videos completed passing ALL skills and exams with each exam average of at least 84%
  • Attend at least 75% of ALL class and lab hours (Phlebotomy and CNA)
  • Immunizations for clinical facilities
    • MMR x 2 or titer indicates immunity
    • Hepatitis B x 3 or titer indicates immunity
    • Influenza if in season (October – March)
    • Varicella (Chickenpox) or titer indicates immunity
    • TDAP
    • COVID vaccination or religious or medical exemption
  • Two-step TB skin test with annual within 12 months or negative chest x-ray
  • Clear Drug Screen and Background check
  • Physical examination form releasing student for participation
  • Gadsden State Community College Clinical ID Badge
  • Alabama Nurse Aide Registry – not appearing on the abuse list
  • Complete ALL course Paperwork
    • Class Orientation
      • Contact Information
      • Syllabus Acknowledgement
      • Non-Disclosure Form
      • Infected Student
      • Substance Abuse
      • Essential Function
      • Program Check List
    • Clinical Orientation
      • Clinical Dress Code
      • Clinical Contract
      • Clinical Site required forms

Essential Functions are the fundamental job duties and skills associated with a particular position. All students are required to read the Essential Functions identified for the Nursing Assistant/Phlebotomy Program and determine if they are capable of performing these functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Students must be able to: *

  • Turn or move patients
  • Gather medical supplies
  • Bathe patients
  • Groom patients by brushing their hair, teeth, shaving them, etc.
  • Feed patients and document their food and liquid intake
  • Check vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate
  • Answer patient calls
  • Document information
  • Clean rooms and bed linens
  • Stock supplies
  • Assist with some medical procedures
  • Adhere to safety procedures
  • Transport patients 
  • Take care of wounds

* The Americans with Disabilities Act requires colleges and universities to inform students of all performance expectations related to their job and school performance. In accordance with College policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to the program director.


This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). 



Tuition and Fees


Books and Supplies


Scrubs and Shoes


Drug Screening


Background check


Physical Examination/Immunizations**


Certification Examination



**Note: Students may have physical exam with a family doctor, nurse practitioner or clinic of their choice. We will provide the forms needed for you to take to your exam. Cost may vary based on exam fees and immunizations needed.


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