There are two primary ways to become a certified nursing assistant in the state of Nebraska. The first is to enter a state approved CNA training program. The certified nursing assistant programs are very affordable and typically take no more than four weeks to complete. The course prepares students to perform the skills and duties of a nursing assistant. Read school reviews below.
After students successfully complete and pass the CNA training program, they must take (and pass) the certification exam for the state of Nebraska. An individual becomes a certified nursing assistant upon passing the examination. A person’s name will be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry within about four weeks of passing the nursing assistant competency test.
Some individuals can become a certified nursing assistant in Nebraska without needing to complete a training course. These are individuals who already have skills and qualifications that would allow them to safely and effectively work as a CNA. Some individuals who might quality to challenge the CNA exam without completing a course include: nurses who were trained in a foreign country, nurses who allowed their license to lapse and individuals who received nursing aide training in the military. People who think they are qualified to challenge the CNA exam must submit paperwork to the Nurse Aide Registry in Nebraska. They need to submit proof of their training and experience. If the Nurse Aide Registry in Nebraska agrees that the individual is well trained, they can then take the certification exam. If they pass, they will be granted the title of CNA without taking the training course.
Featured CNA Training Courses and Classes in Nebraska
Metropolitan Community College
Omaha, NE 68103-0777 402-457-2400
Their course consists of 6.5 credit hours and meets the Nebraska DOH guidelines for CNA courses. Costs include $359 for tuition, $55 for the textbook and $45 for a basic criminal background check. Even though a GED is not a requirement, you will need to show basic proficiency in English and math skills as they are necessary to follow orders and work in a long term care environment. To assess this you will need to take and pass a math and English test at one of their centers across Omaha. A completed TB test document from your local hospital is also a requirement.
Southeast Community College Nursing Assistant Training Program – Beatrice
4771 West Scott Rd., Jackson Hall Room 215, Beatrice, NE 68310
Southeast Community College – Hebron
Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home, 220 Park Ave., Hebron, Nebraska 68370
They have a 100 hour course that qualifies you for 6 and a half credit hours. The course costs just $390 and is among the lowest priced in Nebraska. You can qualify for the course even if you’re just 16 years old. You do not need a GED nor a high school diploma. You will however need to be physically fit because lifting patients and moving them is one of the skills you will need to perform as a CNA.
Southeast Community College – Nebraska City
1800 14th Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410
Southeast Community College Nurse Assistant Class Course – Tecumseh
1133 North 3rd Street, Tecumseh, Nebraska 68450
Southeast Community College – Wahoo, South Haven
1400 Mark Dr., Wahoo, NE 68066
Mid-Plains Community College McCook
1205 East 3rd Street, McCook, Nebraska 69001
Northeast Community College – Norfolk
801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702
The CNA course at Northeast is a three credit hour course. They do not have it every semester so please check in advance before committing to go there. The cost of the course is approximately $300 but this does not include text books or the cost of certification exam for which you will have to pay externally.
Northeast Community College Nurse Aide Course – O’Neill
409 East Adams Street, O’Neill, Nebraska 68763
Northeast Community College CNA Class – S. Sioux City
3309 Daniels Lane, South Sioux City, NE 68776
Northeast Community College Nurse Assistant Training – West Point
202 Anna Stalp, West Point, Nebraska 68788