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Certified Nurse Aide

Available in Brenham and Bryan, Blinn's Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Program quickly provides students the thorough, hands-on training they need to begin their healthcare career and pass the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Exam, which certifies them for employment as a nurse aide in the State of Texas.

The 120-hour program teaches basic caregiving skills, infection control, communication techniques, and safety procedures. The program consists of a $700 lecture course and a $300 clinical course for a $1,000 total cost, though scholarships may be available. Upcoming classes can be found on the Course Schedule page.

Certified Nurse Aide students are eligible to apply for Duddlesten Foundation scholarships scholarships while funds remain available.

Program Highlights

Blinn’s CNA program requires 120 hours of participation, including clinical experience. Successful completion qualifies the student to test with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for certification.

CNAs are often employed in nursing care facilities, frequently serving as principal caregivers. They often have more contact with residents than other staff members and their responsibilities can include answering call lights; communicating with residents, families, and staff; serving meals; making beds; and tidying residents' rooms. CNAs also may be responsible for taking residents’ temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, or blood pressure. They help provide care to residents by providing mobility assistance, escorting them to the dining room or appointments, or providing assistance with skin care.

Students should anticipate a few additional expenses beyond tuition, including immunizations, scrubs, a criminal background check, drug screening, a blood pressure cuff, and a stethoscope.

To enroll in the Certified Nurse Aide Program, students must first participate in a mandatory online  healthcare information session.

Register today for the summer and fall semesters!

Registration is underway for the summer and fall terms. For assistance, contact Academic Advising or call Enrollment Services at 979-830-4800. You also can schedule a tour of any of our six campuses!

Steps To Apply

Program FAQ

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national demand for nursing assistants is expected to grow 8% between 2019 and 2029, generating 119,500 jobs nationwide with a median hourly pay of $14.25. Texas ranks among the top states in the nation in terms of nursing assistant employment.

Blinn students save thousands in tuition and fees and can apply for 300+ scholarships with a single application. See our affordability page for more info.

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Certified Nurse Aide
Phone: 979-830-4443 | 979-830-4195

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Duddlesten Foundation awards the Blinn College District another $100,000 grant for career and technical education scholarships Duddlesten Foundation awards the Blinn College District another $100,000 grant for career and technical education scholarships

Gift from the Wayne Duddlesten Foundation will benefit students in Associate of Applied Science and career and technical education programs

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