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 more robust 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 paid at Business Office – Testing fees for the NNAAP exam are included in course fee. (The MGCCC Non-Credit Refund Policy is on the Registration form).
Steps for admission into the program are listed below:
I. CNA Application Process:
a) Complete the Non-Credit Registration form listing CNA as the course name and include a listed course date of interest (can be found on the MGCCC Community Education webpage or at the 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 high school equivalency 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 Proctored ACT Career Ready exam.
d) After scoring 3 on each section, email the Nursing Skills Lab, Simulation and Continuing Education Manager.
Note: You will be contacted via email with information on scheduling to take the Proctored ACT Career Ready 101 Exam at an MGCCC Assessment Center. Please include a valid email address on Non-Credit Registration form.
e) Following registration and successfully passing the proctored CRC exam with a score of 3 in each section, the student will be enrolled into the continuing education course. Enrollment will be conditional based on a first come first serve following submission of the:
- Non-credit Registration form
- High school or GED transcript
- ACT Career Ready 101 practice transcript with at least a score of 3 in each section
- ACT Career Ready 101 proctored score with at least a score of 3 in each section
- An ACT score of 18 or greater can be substituted for the ACT Career Ready practice and proctored scores.
- Full course payment ($595) which is made at the MGCCC campus business office
- Criminal Background Check – DUE on FIRST day of class. All students accepted into a MGCCC CNA course must obtain a criminal background check from a MGCCC Campus Police Office. The $65 criminal background check payment is not included in the CNA program cost. The payment is made at the campus business office with the receipt presented at the Campus Police Office in order for testing to take place. Campus Police Office contact numbers are:
Jackson County Campus – (228) 497-7690
Perkinston Campus – (601) 928-6327
Jefferson Davis Campus – (228) 896-2516
George County Center – (601) 766-6447
Note: Win Job Center letters are no longer offered for the CNA course.
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.
II. Pre-clinical Requirements
Following the conditional acceptance into the program and on the first class day, the Instructor will inform the student of the steps required to obtain the mandatory pre-clinical requirements. All pre-clinical requirements and/or purchase receipts must be provided to the Instructor by the date indicated on the class schedule.
The requirements are:
a) MGCCC Student I.D. – All students accepted into a MGCCC CNA course must obtain a student I.D. from a MGCCC Campus Police Office. The initial I.D. is free of charge, however, if it is a replacement I.D., the cost is $10 which can be paid in the business office at each location.
Note: Disqualifying background check results must be reviewed by the Health Sciences Administrative Team to determine the student's continuous enrollment and final acceptance into the program. Administrative approval will be based upon "MS Code 43-11-13" related to clinical attendance. If not approved, the student forfeit's the course fee and the right to continue in the course.
c) PPD Tuberculin Test – All students accepted into a MGCCC CNA course must obtain the PPD (Skin) Tuberculin Test or submit a result dated within the last six months of course start. If the test result is positive, a current chest x-ray result must be performed and results submitted for review. The PPD test fee (approximately $20 at the local health department) is not included in the CNA program cost.
Note: Positive skin test results must be reviewed by the Health Sciences Administrative Team Administrative Team to determine the student's continuous enrollment and final acceptance into the program. Administrative approval will be based upon clinical affiliation agreements. If not approved, the student forfeits the course fee and the right to continue in the course.
d) Hepatitis Record or Waiver Form - All students accepted into a MGCCC CNA course must submit a copy of the three (3) series hepatitis immunization record or a signed copy of a Hepatitis Waiver statement provided by the Instructor on the first day of class. The hepatitis test fee is not included in the CNA program fee.
e) Substance Testing – All students accepted into a MGCCC CNA course must obtain a substance test from a MGCCC Medical Analysis Clinic. The $25 testing fee is not included in the CNA program cost. The payment is made at the Medical Analysis office with the receipt presented to the CNA Instructor on the 2nd class day. MGCCC Medical Analysis contact information is listed below:
MGCCC Jefferson Davis "JD" Campus
Eula Switzer Nursing & Allied Health Building
Open Monday & Thursday 8-5, closed 12-1 for lunch. Last appointment at 4:30.
MGCCC Perkinston "Perk" Campus
Barry L. Mellinger Student Center
Open Monday & Thursday 8-5, closed 12-1 for lunch. Last appointment at 4:30.
MGCCC Jackson County "JC" Campus
Campus Police/Proctoring Center Building
Open Tuesday & Friday 8-5, closed 12-1 for lunch. Last appointment at 4:30.
MGCCC George County "GC" Campus
Open Wednesday 8-5 closed, 12-1 for lunch. Last appointment at 4:30.
Note: All students are required to sign a medical record release so results can be reported to the Dean of Health Sciences. Drug screen results can take as long as 24-72 hours. If the drug screen result comes back "non-negative" from the lab the MRO will contact the donor to review the findings.
f) Lab Release of Liability Form - All students accepted into a MGCCC CNA course must sign and submit a copy of the Lab Release of Liability Form provided by the Instructor on the first day of class.
III. Additional Requirements:
- Uniform - white uniform or scrubs and plain white shoes. Cost is approximately $30
- Stethoscope – (simple diaphragm) approximately $25 at campus book store.
- Watch with a second hand – Approximately $20 from a local discount store.
- Textbooks - Will be provided by Instructor on the first day of class.
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 the Nursing Skills, Simulation and Community Education Manager:
Jackson County Campus
Marty Lynn, BSN MSN RN
Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Center
MGCCC Simulation Center
10298 Express Drive
Gulfport MS 39503
Office: Room 174