Certified Nursing Assistant
This non-credit healthcare program prepares applicants to sit for the national exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Upon successful completion of the program and the exam, the graduate is eligible for employment opportunities with various healthcare agencies, i.e. nursing homes, home health providers and community clinics. As a CNA, the foundational skillsets required in healthcare disciplines like nursing or medical assisting have been effectively developed.
Course Description: This Mississippi State-approved program prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and home health agencies to provide basic care to patients or clients. Upon completion of the 100 hours of training, participants are eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination. Cost: $595 can be paid at any MGCCC Business Office – Testing fees for the NNAAP exam are included in course fee. There are approximately $200 of additional fees required.
*The MGCCC Non-Credit Refund Policy is on the Registration form.
Steps for admission into the program:
I. CNA Application Process:
a) Complete the MGCCC Registration Form for Non-Credit Healthcare Courses listing CNA as the course name and include a listed course date of interest. (can be found on the MGCCC Program of Study/Healthcare Program webpage or at any campus location.)
b) Obtain a copy of your high school or high school equivalency transcript
Note: Students must be able to show proof of a high school diploma or GED by submitting the transcript. Exception: current High School students in the Spring Semester of the senior year may be admitted at the recommendation of the local high school that the student is on the final path to graduation and has taken background courses to prepare the student for the rigorous demands of the CNA curriculum.
c) Upon receipt of the Non-credit registration form and high school or GED transcript, you will be notified by email to take the online ACT Career Ready 101 Practice exam. An ACT score of 18 or greater can be accepted in lieu of the ACT Career Ready 101.
Note: You will be provided with a username and password to log on to the practice test.
You must score a 3 or higher on each section (Applied Math, Locating Information and Reading for Information) to be eligible to take the live CRC exam.
d) After scoring at least a 3 on each section, email or fax a copy of the results from the online Career Readiness Certification (CRC) Practice Exam to the Continuing Education Coordinator.
e) The Continuing Education Coordinator will review your documents and contact you via email with information on completing the proctored CRC exam (you must provide a valid email address on the registration form).
f) Following registration and successfully passing the proctored CRC exam with a score of 3 or higher in each section, the student will be enrolled into a CNA course.
g) Once you receive an email confirming registration with the date, time and location, you can pay the $595 course fee at any MGCCC campus business office.
Note: Students are accepted conditional until all required pre-clinical documents are received on the second day of class and approved for clinical/lab attendance.
h) Enrollment will be based on a first come first serve condition following submission of the:
- Non-credit Registration form
- High school or GED transcript
- ACT score or CRC practice transcript with at least a score of 3 in each section
- CRC proctored score with at least a score of 3 in each section
- Full course payment, which is made at the MGCCC campus business office
Note: MGCCC reserves the right to substitute instructors, change class schedules, and cancel programs due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.
For additional information regarding healthcare continuing education courses, please contact:
Simulation Center/Continuing Education
Jessica Fudge, BMSc, RT (R)(CT)
Continuing Education Coordinator