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CNA Training in Wisconsin

Comprehensive guide to CNA training and certification in Wisconsin

A Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA, is a professional in the medical field who provides personal care to patients. This care may include ambulation, bathing, dressing, feeding, grooming, and transfers, as well as other related tasks. The typical CNA works with nurses in a nursing home or hospital setting. In Wisconsin, CNAs are often referred to as Nurse Aides, and are in high demand because long-term care facilities are experiencing a shortage of entry-level health care providers. On average, full-time CNAs in Wisconsin earn about $24,000 plus benefits. Compared with the rest of the country, this is a slightly below-average salary, but the low cost of living in Wisconsin helps account for the difference. Wisconsin CNAs must be at least 16 years old and achieve a CNA technical diploma from an accredited institution. Many schools offer training for this type of certification in Wisconsin. What follows is an in-depth look at two such programs.

With about 19,000 students, the Milwaukee Area Technical College is a 2-year school that houses the CNA technical diploma program in the Health Occupations Division. At the core of this 3-credit program are basic nursing concepts. Its graduates assist home care patients and nursing home dwellers with both routine tasks and special needs. Since this program is acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, its students may apply to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP).

The slightly smaller Madison Area Technical College is also a 2-year school, and it educates about 15,000 students. The CNA technical diploma curriculum here is a 3-credit, 120-hour program that focuses on building fundamental nursing skills. Graduates of this school may work with patients with mental illnesses. In addition to understanding the essentials of personal care, these students are able to communicate comfortably with patients, their families, and other healthcare providers. Here, training goes beyond the classroom, as students undergo hands-on supervised clinical practice taking care of actual patients.

Like the Milwaukee program, the Madison CNA technical diploma is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. The Madison Area Technical College, however, has a good relationship with the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison. This facilitates transfers to 4-year bachelor’s degree programs and further study of nursing. CNA students choosing this path may become registered nurses (RNs) and may use CNA credits toward an associate’s degree in nursing. RNs supervise CNAs, also working in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home care facilities, and nursing homes. They differ in that RNs may provide guidance for medical treatments. They can also perform diagnostic analysis to diagnose patients under their care.

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    List of CNA Classes in Wisconsin

    Amber House, Inc. Nurse Aide Training Course – Milwaukee

    7414 West Hampton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53218
    Phone: (414) 393-9922

    American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

    2131 Deckner Ave., Green Bay, WI 54308
    Phone: (920) 227-4291

    American Red Cross Western Wisconsin Chapter – Altoona

    3728 Spooner Ave., Altoona, WI 54720
    Phone: (715) 834-4182

    Aurora Medical Center CNA Class – Oshkosh

    855 N West Haven Drive, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54904
    Phone: (920) 456-7376

    Bethel Center Nursing Assistant Course – Arpin

    8014 Bethel Rd., Arpin, WI 54410
    Phone: (715) 652-2103

    Blackhawk Technical College Nurse Aide Training Course – Janesville

    P.O. Box 5009, Janesville, Wisconsin 53547
    Phone: (608) 757-7699

    C. Ross Educational Center Nurse Aide Program – Milwaukee

    7905 West Appleton Ave., Suite 202, Milwaukee, WI 53218
    Phone: (414) 438-9390

    Care Aide Program – Park Falls

    250 Lawrence Ave., Park Falls, Wisconsin 54552
    Phone: (715) 762-2449

    Chippewa Valley Technical College – Eau Claire

    620 West Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
    Phone: (715) 833-6294

    Clarity Care Home Health Nurse Aide Training – Oshkosh

    424 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
    Phone: (920) 236-6560

    Clearview Long Term Care and Rehabilitation – Juneau

    199 Home Rd., Juneau, WI 53039
    Phone: (920) 386-3400

    CNA Professional Services, LLP – Boyceville

    E1602 1198th Street, Boyceville, Wisconsin 54725
    Phone: (715) 643-4068

    Community Healthcare Training Center CNA Training Course – Milwaukee

    6815 West Capital Dr., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53216
    Phone: (414) 578-3132

    Fox Valley Technical College Nurse Aide Course – Appleton

    P.O. Box 2277, Appleton, Wisconsin 54912
    Phone: (920) 735-5774

    Gateway Technical College – Elkhorn

    400 County Rd. H, Elkhorn, WI 53121
    Phone: (262) 741-8304

    Gateway Technical College – Kenosha

    3520 30th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53144
    Phone: (262) 564-2374

    Gateway Technical College Nurse Aide Training – Racine

    1001 South Main Street, Racine, WI 53403
    Phone: (262) 619-6688

    Good Samaritan Society CNA Training – Scandia Village – Sister Bay

    10560 Applewood Road, Sister Bay, WI 54234
    Phone: (920) 854-2317

    Grace Lutheran Foundation Nurse Aide Training Program – Eau Claire

    P.O. Box 287, Eau Claire, WI 54702
    Phone: (715) 832-3003

    Grand View Care Center – Blair

    620 Grand View Ave., Blair, Wisconsin 54616
    Phone: (608) 989-2511

    Greater Waupaca Red Cross – Waupaca

    418 School Street, Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981
    Phone: (715) 258-5055

    Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. – La Crosse

    1900 South Ave., La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
    Phone: (608) 775-4329

    Ingleside Nursing Home Nurse Aide Course – Mount Horeb

    407 North 8th Street, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin 53572
    Phone: (608) 437-5511

    Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College – Hayward

    13466 West Trepania Rd., Hayward, WI 54843
    Phone: (715) 634-4790

    Lakeshore Technical College – Cleveland

    1290 North Ave., Cleveland, WI 53015
    Phone: (920) 693-1386

    Life Care Nursing Assistant Training – Weyauwega

    E 6264 County Highway X, Weyauwega, WI 54983
    Phone: (715) 258-8131

    Linden Grove – Menomonee Falls

    West 180 North 8071 Town Hall Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
    Phone: (262) 797-4600

    Linden Grove CNA Class – Waukesha

    425 North University Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
    Phone: (262) 797-4600

    Linden Grove Nurse Aide Training Course – Mukwonago

    837 East County Rd. NN E, Mukwonago, Wisconsin 53149
    Phone: (262) 797-4600

    Linden Grove Nursing Assistant Program – New Berlin

    13755 West Fieldpointe Dr., New Berlin, WI 53151
    Phone: (262) 797-4600

    Madison Area Technical College – Fort Atkinson

    211 North Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703
    Phone: (608) 258-2479

    Madison Area Technical College – Madison

    211 North Carroll Street, Madison, WI 53703
    Phone: (608) 258-2479

    Madison Area Technical College – Reedsburg

    211 North Carroll Street, Madison, WI 53703
    Phone: (608) 258-2479

    Madison Area Technical College CNA Class – Watertown

    211 North Carroll Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
    Phone: (608) 258-2479

    Madison Area Technical College CNA Course – Portage

    211 North Carroll Street, Madison, WI 53703
    Phone: (608) 258-2479

    Madison Area Technical College Nurse Aide Training Course – Blackboard

    211 North Carroll Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
    Phone: (608) 258-2479

    Medical Assets of Wisconsin CNA Training Program – Pewaukee

    W239 N3490 Pewaukee Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072
    Phone: (414) 256-3680

    Mid-State Technical College – Wisconsin Rapids

    500 32nd Street North, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
    Phone: (715) 422-5318

    Milwaukee Area Technical College

    700 West State Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
    Phone: (414) 297-8569

    Milwaukee Center For Independence Nurse Aide Training

    2020 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
    Phone: (414) 937-2161

    Moraine Park Technical College – Fond Du Lac

    700 Gould Street, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916
    Phone: (920) 887-1441

    Moraine Park Technical College – West Bend

    700 Gould Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
    Phone: (920) 887-1441

    Moraine Park Technical College CNA Training – Centers

    700 Gould Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
    Phone: (920) 887-1441

    Moraine Park Technical College Nurse Aide Training – Beaver Dam

    700 Gould Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
    Phone: (920) 887-4497

    Neway Directions CNA Course – Madison

    6400 Gisholt Drive, Madison, WI 53713
    Phone: (608) 221-1920

    Nicolet Area Technical College – Rhinelander

    P.O. Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501
    Phone: (715) 365-4910

    Northcentral Technical College – Blackboard

    1000 Campus Dr., Wausau, WI 54401
    Phone: (715) 675-3331

    Northcentral Technical College – Wausau

    1000 Campus Dr., Wausau, WI 54401
    Phone: (715) 803-1338

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College CNA Program – Green Bay

    P.O. Box 19042, Green Bay, WI 54307
    Phone: (920) 498-7141

    Quality Health Care Options, Inc. CNA Program – Wauwatosa

    7425 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213
    Phone: (414) 475-7337

    Southwest Wisconsin Technical College – Blackborough

    1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
    Phone: (608) 822-3362

    Southwest Wisconsin Technical College – Fennimore

    1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
    Phone: (608) 822-3362

    Spring Valley Health Care Services – Spring Valley

    W 500 State Road 29, Spring Valley, WI 54767
    Phone: (715) 778-5545

    St. Croix Valley Good Samaritan Center

    750 East Louisiana Street, St Croix Falls, WI 54024
    Phone: (715) 483-9815

    St. Joseph Residence, Inc. Nurse Aide Training – New London

    107 East Beckert Rd., New London, Wisconsin 54961
    Phone: (920) 982-5354

    The Art of Healing Nursing Assistant Course – Milwaukee

    2616 North Grants Blvd., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53210
    Phone: (414) 213-7409

    Touchstone Learning Center – North Fond Du Lac

    300 Winnebago Street, North Fond Du Lac, WI 54937
    Phone: (920) 922-7242

    Trempealeau County Health Care Center – Whitehall

    W20298 State Rd. 121, Whitehall, Wisconsin 54773
    Phone: (715) 299-5544

    Waukesha County Technical College CNA Program – Blackboard

    800 Main Street, Suite 219, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072
    Phone: (262) 691-5243

    Waukesha County Technical College CNA Program – Pewaukee

    800 Main Street, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 53072
    Phone: (262) 691-5243

    Waunakee Manor Health Care Center CNA Class

    801 Klein Drive, Waunakee, WI 53597
    Phone: (608) 849-5016

    Western Technical College CNA Class – Blackboard

    400 7th Street North, La Crosse, WI 54601
    Phone: (608) 785-9409

    Western Technical College CNA Class – La Crosse

    400 7th Street North, La Crosse, WI 54601
    Phone: (608) 785-9413

    Wisconsin CNA Training Center – Campbellsport

    526 Mill Street, Campbellsport, WI 53010
    Phone: (920) 533-1172

    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – New Richmond

    505 Pine Ridge Dr., Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871
    Phone: (715) 209-7847

    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Rice Lake

    505 Pine Ridge Dr., Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871
    Phone: (715) 209-7847

    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Shell Lake

    505 Pine Ridge Dr., Shell Lake, Wisconsin 54871
    Phone: (715) 209-7847

    Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College CNA Course – Superior

    505 Pine Ridge Dr., Shell Lake, WI 54871
    Phone: (715) 209-7847

    Wisconsin Veterans Home Ainsworth Hall – King

    N2665 County Rd. QQ, King, Wisconsin 54946
    Phone: (715) 258-1668

    Wissota Health and Regional Vent Center – Chippewa Falls

    7490 156th Street, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729
    Phone: (715) 723-9341

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    Wisconsin CNA Certification Training Programs

    Browse our list of Wisconsin schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly.

    3 Steps to Wisconsin CNA Certification

    1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program

    2) Pass the Wisconsin CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the multiple choice portion and the clinical skills portion)

    3) Pass the Wisconsin CNA exam within 24 months of completing an approved nursing assistant education program

    Helpful Links for Nurse Aides in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Board of Nursing
    Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry

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