Certified Nursing Assistant Program

CNA Program

Overview and Benefits

We are excited to offer a combined Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) Certificate Training, open to all St. Kate’s students at a lower cost than other area certificate classes. The program fee is an all-inclusive cost, and at completion you will have your CNA licenses and AHA card.

The certificate training fee includes class fee, clinical background check, Mantoux TB test, exam fees, and AHA card fee. Scrubs, additional TB testing, fingerprinting fees, and additional retests are at the cost of the student.

Registration is limited to 30 students for each session. In the event that we do not meet our minimum enrollment numbers, the CNA and BLS training will be cancelled and all payments refunded.

August 2019 Certificate Costs and Schedule

  • $1150 – priority, early bird registration by March 1 for St. Kate’s students
  • $1200 – after March 1 for St. Kate’s students
  • $1300 – non-St. Kate’s students, open for registration March 1

All dates are required.

Registration Opens: February 15, 2019

Registration Closes: July 30, 2019 (Final payment due)

Orientation: May 8, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.; St. Paul Campus, Whitby Hall, Jeanne d’ Arc Auditorium

Classroom Sessions:

  • August 5, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, BLS & CNA training
  • August 6-9, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, CNA training
  • August 12-14, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, CNA training
  • August 19, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM, CNA training

Classroom Location:  Minneapolis Campus, Nursing lab and Education Building, Room 790

Clinical:  August 15-16, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m; Benedictine Health System site or Presbyterian Homes & Services site

CNA Examination: August 20 or 21, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Actual test time by sign up)

  • Anoka Technical College, 1355 West Highway 10, Anoka, MN 55303

CNA Pathways Program

Through the CNA Pathways Program, aging services employers, health professions educational institutions, and health degree-seeking students partner in the exchange of scholarships, training, and jobs to realize the shared goal of improving college and eldercare career access and retention.

Students enrolled in health degree programs, like nursing, occupational therapy and health science receive:

  • Jobs as CNAs in partners’ facilities, offering wages above typical student pay and career-relevant work experience, while helping fill the eldercare workforce gap.
  • Annual scholarships towards their degrees funded through employers’ state reimbursement.
  • Group-based learning to promote positive relationships with older adults.
  • Faculty mentors to support academic and career development.
  • Job readiness training provided by university career services.

Students must be pursuing a health careers degree in one of the following programs:

  • Nursing (pre-nursing)
  • Nursing (MSNEL)
  • Nursing, BSN (adults)
  • Nursing, RN-BS Degree Completion
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Interested in applying?

Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying, set up a meeting with CNA Pathways Program staff by emailing cna@stkate.edu or calling 651.690.6101.


Contact Sheila Jackson, CNA Program Coordinator, at snjackson@stkate.edu or 651.690.6101.

Updates on the next CNA Certificate training on campus will be posted here when announced.