CNA Pathways Program

The CNA Pathways Program aims to grow the aging services workforce by introducing a pathway into CNA jobs for students enrolled in pursuit of health professions degrees.

Overview & Benefits

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 in nursing scrubs practicing checking heartbeat

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 Therapy 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 or calling 651.690.6101.

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Contact Sheila Jackson, CNA Program Coordinator, at or 651.690.6101.