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.

Participating first-year and sophomore students enrolled in health degree programs, like nursing, occupational therapy and exercise science receive:

  • CNA training funded through employers’ state reimbursement.
  • Job readiness training provided by university career services.
  • 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.

program tracks

Track A

  • No previous CNA experience
  • Enrolled in approved academic program
  • Looking for a job in aging services

Track B

  • Has expired/inactive CNA license
  • Enrolled in approved academic program
  • Looking for a job in aging services

Track C

  • Has current/active CNA license
  • Enrolled in approved academic program
  • Looking for a job in aging services

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

  • Health Information Specialist
  • Health Science Associate to BSN
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Master’s-Entry Level Nursing (MSNEL)
  • Nurse Practitioner, Master's
  • Nursing, Pre-Nursing
  • Nursing, Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Nursing, RN-BS Degree Completion
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)

Winter 2016 Cohort Important Dates

Info Sessions

November 1, 12–1 p.m. & November 2, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Whitby 121

Applications Live

November 1–13 (due by midnight)


November 17 & 18, times by sign-up
Career Development, CdC 460


Participants Notified

November 28–29
notified by email


December 6, 5 p.m.
Location TBD

CNA Training

Dec 10, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., In-Class Session, Whitby Nursing Lab
Dec 11–16, Online Modules, D2L
Dec 17, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., In-Class Session, Whitby Nursing Lab
Dec 18-–26, Online Modules, D2L
Dec 27–29, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., In-Class Sessions, Whitby Nursing Lab


December 30, January 3 & 5, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
BHS or PHS employer site

CNA Exam

January 6, times by sign-up
Anoka Technical College; 1355 West Hwy 10; Anoka, MN 55303

CNA Work Begins

January 7
Employee placement site

More Information

Take time to deepen your understanding of the work of a Certified Nursing Assistant and to expand on your skills by volunteering in aging services. Please consider visiting the Career Development Office at St. Kate's for job coaching, resume building, and interviewing skills support. Then consider applying for the next cohort.

No. All are state-mandated hours required for license.

Employers will provide payment for completion of the CNA training, and continued work at employer location. Employees must work at least 90 days for this cost to be covered. If a student is terminated or leaves their employment they will be required to pay for their training.

Contact your HR representative at your worksite for specific employee benefits.