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Certified Nursing Assistant


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The Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN) state approved Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program prepares students to assist patients and nurses with daily living needs. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability (TDAD) curriculum guides the teaching-learning principles and prepares students to take their CNA state exam and function as an entry level CNA employee.

CNA students who successfully complete the required hours and course objectives will be eligible to submit their application to take their state certification exam.

Requirements for entry into the CNA program include the following:

  • Negative TB Screening within the past 12 months.
  • Current immunization record as required for Texas Healthcare Students. See immunization section below.
  • Read and comprehend on an 8th grade level or higher
  • Basic math skills
  • Food Handler’s Certificate
  • Negative drug screen and criminal background check with fingerprints.
  • Must be able to lift, sit, squat, bend, reach and stand for long periods of time without medical problems.

The cost of the course is $900.00 and tuition includes: CNA textbook, 100 hours of instruction, application fees for state exam, required clinical attire, and a drug test.

Required Immunizations for CNA Students

Certain immunizations are required for the CNA students which can be downloaded here: Required Immunizations for CNA Class

All immunizations, including a negative TB test, must be presented prior to clinical training. Students will not be permitted to attend clinical training without proper documentation of the required immunizations.

Our Program & Classes Offered:

The program is a total of 100 hours and consists of both classroom and clinical days.

Regular Pace Class

The regular pace class duration is 7 weeks plus one day (22 days).

Fast Pace Class

The fast pace class is designed for individuals who are dedicated and are quick learners with a duration of 3 1/2 weeks (17 days).

Evening Class

The evening class schedule is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with a duration of approximately 6 weeks.

CNA Class Schedules:

Please call or email Pam McCullough for any questions or more information at 325-670-1976 or pamela.j.mccullough@phssn.edu.

PHSSN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.