CNA Training in Hawaii

In order for a nursing assistant program in Hawaii to be state approved, the course must consist of at least 100 hours.  The bulk of the hours must be spent in a clinical setting (a minimum of 70 hours).  Students will also spend a minimum of 30 hours on classroom training.  The state of Hawaii does have regulations which must be adhered to by any nursing assistant training programs, otherwise the programs are not state certified or accredited.  Search for programs that are state approved before you start to train for a career as a certified nursing assistant. Find a school from the accredited list below.

The state of Hawaii requires a nursing assistant course to be administered by a registered nurse.  The nurse must have at least two years experience in the healthcare industry.  It is possible for other healthcare professionals to provide some of the teaching for the class as well as long as they meet any requirements set forth by the state.  It is not difficult to work as a nursing assistant in Hawaii if you have already been certified to work as a CNA in another state.  Hawaii offer reciprocity for nursing aide certifications.  If you are already certified, you will not need to take training course and will not need to take the certification exam in Hawaii.  Instead, you will simply need to complete and submit the application of reciprocity and will soon be ready to work as a nursing assistant.

Featured CNA Training Classes and Schools in Hawaii

American Red Cross – Hawaii State Chapter
4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
The Red Cross provides CNA classes in Oahu, in Hilo and Kona. The classes run for around 130+ hours and are of two different kinds. The in house classes require you to attend them at the Red Cross facilities in any of the above cities. They cost $1250 approximately. They also have an online class if you can not attend their facilities. This makes it possible to study at your own time and pace. These classes are a little expensive and cost almost $1400. You will however need to complete a certainnumber of clinical hours as required by the Hawaii state law.

Kapiolani Community College Nursing Assistant Program – Honolulu
4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Kapiolani have two types of CNA programs. The first one is a basic level course that teaches you the fundamentals of nursing aide training. You learn everything required to be an assistant in a long term care facility. It can be either credit or non credit based and lasts for 150 hours(including clinicals). This course costs approximately $2100. The second one is an advanced CNA training course which teaches dressing, tube feeding and further assisting under the supervision of a RN. This is a non credit course and is only available to nursing assistants who have completed at least 6 months of work after being certified.

Waianae Health Academy Nursing Assistant Program
86-088 Farrington Hwy. Suite 202, Wai’anae, HI 96792
The Academy was formed to provide training opportunities for Wai’anae Coast residents. In that regard they have a very thorough nursing assistant program that meets the minimum requirements set forth by the Hawaii state board. They also assist prospective students with every part of the sign up process including help with the forms as well as a scholarship program for deserving students.

Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. – Hale Makua Nursing Facility,
Wailuku, Maui, HI96793
The Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. (HT&CC, Inc) first opened its doors in 1999 on the beautiful shores of Hawaii. It is one of the first private training facilities to become state certified and approved by the Department of Human Services to offer a certified nursing assistant program. HT&CC, Inc has two other campuses located in Honolulu and Waipahu. All three campuses offer the CNA program. The CNA training program provides classroom, laboratory and supervised clinical training. It is an intensive 100 hour program that can be completed in either two or four weeks.

University of Hawaii  Maui College 
310 Ka’ahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732
UH MauiCollege is located near world class beaches and a 10,000 foot sleeping volcano. The campus was original established in 1931 as the MauiVocational School. Today, the college encompasses 78 acres and offers a new student housing facility with accommodations for 400 students. The CNA program takes one semester to complete and offers a blend of classroom curriculum and laboratory clinical skills. After completing the coursework, you will be equipped with the knowledge to sit for the National Certification exam.

LeewardCommunity College – Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD ) 
96-045 Ala ‘Ike, Rm CE-101, Pearl City, HI96782
Leeward Community College OCEWD is located on 49 acres with breathtaking views of Pearl Harbor from its upper campus. The college serves primarily the Leeward coast and Central Oahu; however, many students attend from all parts of the island. The CNA training program prepares the individual for the Hawaii State certification exam provided by Prometric. This 150 hour program utilizes an intensive hands-on approach and is offered various times throughout the year. The tuition for the CNA program is $2,075.

Healthcare Training and Career Consultants, Inc. – Honolulu Hawaii
2130 North King Street, Suite 7, Honolulu, HI 96819

Life Care Center of Hilo CNA Program  in Hawaii
944 West Kawailani Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Hawaii Health Care Institute – Pahoa
13-758 Leilani Ave., Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

Leeward Community College CNA Training Course – Pearl City
96-045 Ala Ike Street, Pearl City, HI 96782

Life Care Center of Kona Nursing assistant course- Kailua Kona Hawaii
78-6957 Kamehameha Iii Road, Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740

Comprehensive Health Care Services CNA raining Course – Waipahu Hawaii
94-910 Moloalo Street, Waipahu, HI 96797

Did you know we have a study guide to help you prepare for the CNA test? Here’s a teaser:

Mr. Jones ambulates with a walker to the dining room for every meal with assistance. At the start of your shift you find Mr. Jones sitting in his chair. When asked, he states that he doesn’t feel like walking down to the dining room for breakfast today. What course of action do you take?

  1. bring the meal to his room
  2. explain the importance of walking daily and assist him to the dining room
  3. do nothing and leave the room
  4. none of the above

Answer B- See Section 3 of the CNA Study Guide (Physical Activity)

It is very important for residents to walk daily; therefore, you should actively encourage them to walk if capable. One of the purposes of nursing homes and certified nursing assistants is to help the residents to keep what functions they still have such as ambulating. The old adage “use it or loss it” applies in this case.

Physical activity is important for every system of the body. Without activity our bones become fragile and the muscles weaken which increases the incidence of falls. Without physical activity the endorphin levels become low and the client becomes depressed. The digestive system also benefits from movement to keep doing its job. When a client stays in the same place for too long pressure sores (bed sores) can also develop. Although older residents are not able to perform as much physical activity as young, healthy people, whatever they can do is helpful. 

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2 Responses to CNA Training in Hawaii

  1. patricia meier March 24, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    i have contacted the life care center about 10 times trough out the last 2 years and each time they tell me there is no cna program offered through them with the exception of the very first time i called.the first time they told me the date the next training program would start and took down my name and phone number. i never heard from them at all. after that they acted like i was crazy for inquiring. seeing the life care center of hilo on this list is very frusterating because i can’t get them to even give me a shot at doing the cna training program. according to them it doesn’t exist.

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