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CNA Training in Missouri

Find local schools that offer nursing assistant programs

Complete approved CNA courses in Missouri to work towards your CNA certification

If you’re interested in a career in Healthcare, and love the idea of caring for individuals that suffer from health related challenges (i.e, physical, age related, and mental), then a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant may be the one for you. As a certified nurse aide, you’ll work directly under the supervision of licensed nursing professionals. It is for this reason that CNAs are an extremely vital aspect of the healthcare industry and can utilize their training towards advancement within other areas of healthcare. Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant will also allow you to work as a private duty Home Health Aide. Home Health Aides provide essential health care to individuals in the patient’s own home. Some responsibilities include meal preparation, light housekeeping, performing personal care, and possibly some grocery shopping. Home health aides may also be needed as a companion for the individual while family members are away or at work.

How Can I Find CNA Training Programs Near Me?

Browse our list of Missouri 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 found by calling the facilities directly.

Nurse Assistant Training Curriculum

You will learn many important skills during the CNA training, such as First Aide, CPR, Fire Safety, Infection Control, and the legal rights of the residents you will provide services to. Another interesting subject taught in the course is geared towards teaching the nurse aides to be sympathetic to the emotions of the patients’ families. This is very important because most people experience a good amount of grief and anxiety when faced with the decision to turn the care of their loved one over to strangers. The training will cover all topics required to be proficient in every aspect of the job.

How to Become a CNA in Missouri

As with most states, the requirements for becoming certified as a CNA in Missouri specify that you start by attending an accredited school or program that teaches the training material. The Department of Health can assist you in this process. There are also many nursing homes or rehabilitation centers that are licensed to teach the material. These programs train you while working in the nursing home environment and provide you with hands-on training to prepare you to pass the state board exam. In addition to passing Missouri’s CNA competency exam, you’ll also be required to submit to and pass a criminal background check. Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be placed on the Missouri Nurse Aide Registry list, and will be allowed to work anywhere in the state that requires the services of a CNA.

Can I Transfer My CNA License to Missouri?

If you are a certified nursing assistant from another state and have just moved to Missouri you can apply to the Nursing Aide Registry in Missouri for what is called “reciprocity”. As long as you can provide verification that you completed a state approved CNA certification program, are currently certified in another state, and have worked as a CNA recently. You would not need to take the Missouri exam or training if you are granted reciprocity. All CNA licenses need to be renewed every two years and must have worked a minimum of 160 hours within those two years.

How Much Does CNA Training Cost? How Long Does it Take?

Students can earn their CNA certification and start their career as a certified nursing assistant in less than six months. The first step is to find and complete an approved CNA training program. Each individual state sets its own required amount of credit hours necessary to become a CNA. Typical programs take around 6-12 weeks to complete and must include a minimum of 75 hours of training. The average cost of a CNA course is between $400 – $800. The second step is to take the Missouri CNA certification exam and achieve a passing score. The third and final step is to register with the Missouri Nurse Aide Registry as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

CNA Classes in Missouri (MO)

Cass Career Center – Harrisonville

1600 East Elm Street, Harrisonville, MO 64701

Jefferson College – Hillsboro

1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, Missouri 63050

Lewis and Clark Career Center CNA Course – St. Charles

2400 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles, MO 63301

Lex La-Ray Technical Center Nurse Aide Program – Lexington

2323 High School Drive, Lexington, Missouri 64067

MEDS Inc. CNA Program – Kansas City

15600B Woods Chapel Rd., Kansas City, MO 64139

Metropolitan Community College – Kansas City

3200 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) – Penn Valley Campus

3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) CNA Training Course – Mapple Woods Campus

2601 NE Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO 64156

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Nurse Aide Training Course – Blue River Campus

20301 East 78 Hwy, Independence, MO 64057

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Nursing Assistant Course – Longview Campus

500 SW Longview Rd., Lee’s Summit, Missouri 64081

Moberly Area Community College

101 College Avenue, Moberly, MO 65270

Ozarks Technical Community College CNA Training Program – Allied Healh Office

1001 East Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65802

Rolla Technical Center Nurse Aide Training – Technical Institute

1304 East Tenth Street, Rolla, MO 65401

St. Charles Community College Allied Health Office – Cottleville

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376

St. Louis College of Health Careers CNA Class

909 South Taylor Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

State Fair Community College Nurse Assistant Program – Sedalia

3201 West 16th Street, Sedalia, Missouri 65301

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Missouri 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

Missouri CNA Resources

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