Hawaiʻi Community College nursing student

Hawaiʻi Community College is offering a new course this fall in West Hawaiʻi that prepares students to become certified nurse’s aides (CNA) in just two months.

Students who successfully complete the course will be ready to take the certification test that will allow them to become a CNA.

“With tuition for this course costing about $570, this is an affordable way to prepare for a job as a CNA and launch your career in the healthcare field,” said May Kealoha, Hawaiʻi CC nursing and allied health director.

The demand for certified nurse’s aides in Hawaiʻi is strong with 22 percent projected job growth between 2010 and 2020.

Course details

The program runs from October 6 to December 2 at the Kona Nursing Resource Center near the Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua.

The classroom day will be Mondays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. with laboratory days on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and clinical days on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The application deadline is September 22 and the registration deadline is October 3.

Contact Raynette Haleamau-Kam at (808) 969-8816 or by email for more information about enrolling in the course.