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CNA Training in Hawaii

Free guide to CNA training classes in Hawaii (HI)

Take approved CNA courses to earn your Hawaii CNA certification

Each individual State Board of Nursing is in charge of approving CNA programs in their state. In Hawaii, the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs is responsible for approving these schools and maintaining registries of all nursing aides certified to work in Hawaii.

To be able to work in Hawaii as a nurse aide, candidates have to meet certain requirements, which are: completing a state-approved CNA training program, passing the state’s CNA competency exam, and passing a criminal background check. If an applicant is a CNA in another state, they must contact the Registry Department, in order to see if there is possibility of reciprocity into Hawaii.


The CNA certification programs differ from school to school in Hawaii, but they all must meet certain criteria set forth by the state. The program must include 100 hours of training, broken up into 30 hours of classroom training and 70 hours of clinical training (including consulting and personal care training). Programs are also required to offer instruction from an RN with at least two years of professional work experience. The state of Hawaii has 29 approved CNA programs, most of them in community colleges, technical schools, adult training institutes, and Red Cross centers.

Individuals who complete a state approved training program and pass the exam become eligible to be placed in the Nurse Aide Registry. This means they are legally allowed to work as nurse aides and be placed in the employment bank. In Hawaii, CNA jobs are in great demand due to the aging population in the state and new CNAs will have many job prospects once they have completed the curriculum and passed the certification exam.

To be eligible to work as a CNA in a hospital or clinic, the applicant must be competent (and comfortable with) performing basic medical duties. Some tasks include taking patients’ vital signs, helping doctors with medical procedures, assisting patients with mobility, cleaning up patient rooms, properly monitoring the patients and reporting any changes to the doctors in a timely manner, collecting blood samples for testing, feeding the patients, maintaining records properly, and any other tasks that the hospital or nursing home requires that the CNA to complete.

The salary range for CNAs will vary depending on experience, job history, qualifications, and place of employment. Most CNAs can expect to make a starting salary of anywhere between $18 up to $25 per hour. More experienced CNAs can expect to earn closer to $30 per hour, depending on their skill set and number of years of service.

Becoming a CNA is a great career choice in the state of Hawaii because of aging population and the lack in the current market. Completing the required course work will open up many doors and opportunities for positions in the health care sector.



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CNA Classes in Hawaii (HI)

American Red Cross – Hawaii State Chapter

4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Ann Pearl Nursing Facility – Kaneohe

45-181 Waikalua Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

Care Giver Training School Corporation CNA Course – Honolulu

1320 Kalani Street, Suite # 288, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

CNA Training International – Aiea

99-209 Moanalua Rd., Suite # 307, Aiea, Hawaii 96701

CNA Training International – Wahiawa

319 North Cane Street, Suite # B, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786

Comprehensive Health Care Services CNA Course – Waipahu

94-910 Moloalo Street, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Hawaii Community College Nurse Aide Training – Hilo

200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Hawaii Health Care Institute – Pahoa

13-758 Leilani Ave., Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

Healthcare School of Hawaii CNA Training Course – Aiea

98-025 Hekaha Street, Suite # 4, Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. – Honolulu

2130 North King Street, Suite 7, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. – Waipahu

94-210 Pupukahi Street, Suite 206, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. Nursing Assistant Program – Wailuku

Hale Makua Nursing Facility, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii 96793

Kapiolani Community College CNA Program – Honolulu

4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Kauai Community College Nursing Assistant Course – Lihue

3-1901 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Kona Community Hospital Nurse Aide Training Program – Kealakekua

79-1019 Haukapila Street, Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750

Leeward Community College Nurse Aide Training Course – Pearl City

96-045 Ala Ike Street, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Life Care Center of Hilo

944 West Kawailani Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Life Care Center of Kona Nurse Aide Training – Kailua Kona

78-6957 Kamehameha Iii Road, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740

Maui Community College CNA Class – Kahului

310 West Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, Hawaii 96732

Pacific Nurse’s Aide Training Center, LLC. – Pearl City

803 Kamehameha Hwy., Suite # 411, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

TLC Total Loving Care Health Service Nurse Assistant Program – Honolulu

1088 Bishop Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Waianae Health Academy Nurse Aide Program

86-088 Farrington Hwy. Suite 202, Wai’anae, Hawaii 96792

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Hawaii CNA Programs

See our list of available CNA programs throughout Hawaii. The CNA course list includes several approved CNA training programs, but is not exhaustive and there may be additional programs available as well. Many nursing homes offer qualified CNA programs for individuals seeking employment at that particular nursing facility. We try to keep our listings as updated as possible, but we recommend that students verify current program offerings with each CNA school directly before enrolling.

How to Become a CNA in Hawaii

To become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Hawaii you must complete the necessary steps to obtain certification from the Hawaii state board of nursing. The first step is to find and complete an approved CNA training program. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) requires all CNA programs to include a minimum of 75 hours of instruction. Individual states might require additional training beyond the national minimum. Most programs take about 6-12 weeks to finish. The average cost of a CNA training course is between $400 – $800. The second step is to take the Hawaii CNA certification exam and achieve a passing score. The third and final step is to register with the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Hawaii CNA Certification Requirements

– complete state approved CNA training program
– pass both parts of competency evaluation (written & skills)
– pass competency test within 24 months of completion of training

Hawaii CNA Resources

Hawaii Board of Nursing
Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry

Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
National Association of Health Care Assistants
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants