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/B

  • No previous CNA experience
  • Enrolled in approved academic program
  • Enrolled in CNA Certificate Training
  • 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 Informatics
  • Health Science Associate to BSN
  • Nursing
  • Nursing, BSN (adults)
  • Nursing, RN-BS Degree Completion
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
  • Occupational Therapy, Doctorate (OTD)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
  • Physical Therapy, Doctorate (PTD)

Considering Applying?

Visit the Career Development office in the Coeur de Catherine, room 460, for resume feedback and interview skills advice.

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.

If selected to participate in the CNA Pathways Program, employers will reimburse employees for the cost of the training. 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.

Payments will be applied to student accounts in semesterly payments after 6 months of continued work. Students’ first scholarship payment will be applied to their next semester bill after the 6 months probationary period. Scholarship aid cannot be back-paid to previous semesters. If student leaves employer, they will be expected to pay back prorated scholarship.

Interested in Starting Your CNA Certificate?

Check out St. Kate's CNA certificate training program.

CNA certificate training


Contact Anna Drennen, CNA program coordinator, at or 651.690.6158.

Updates on the 2018 CNA Pathways cohort will be posted here when announced.