Welcome to the Certified Nursing Assistant Program!

Texas Southmost College Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Course Description

The six-week non-credit Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program leads to an industry credential. The CNA program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Topics include residents’ rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting, and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. There is an emphasis on effective interaction with healthcare team members, restorative services, mental health, and social service needs.

Certified Nursing Assistants are in high demand. Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant is a great career choice for those who enjoy caring for people and are interested in a career in healthcare. The Nurse Assistant Training Program is an intensive, 112-hour course consisting of classroom instruction, skills lab experience, and hands-on training at a clinical site. Nursing assistants typically work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities under the supervision of the registered nurse. Take the next step to a rewarding career in healthcare.

Program Eligibility

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Applicants must achieve a passing score on the pre-entrance exam in the areas of reading, math, and writing
  • Valid Texas Driver’s License/State ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunizations (Required for clinicals): COVID-19 Vaccine (both doses), Influenza Vaccine (obtained during flu season, newest vaccine for that year), Tuberculosis Skin Test (with negative result) or Chest X-ray (good for one year), TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis), MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Varicella (Chickenpox) – (2 vaccines and titer), Hepatitis B vaccine series (3 vaccines), and Bacterial Meningitis (Students are exempt if they are 22 years of age or older)
  • Criminal Background Check *Applicants will contact the Continuing Education office before starting a background check
  • Drug Screening *Applicants will contact the Continuing Education office before starting a drug screening
  • CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers or Professional Rescuers
  • Uniform: scrubs, tennis shoes (non-canvas) with conservative logo (no colored strips, no clogs, crocs, etc.), stethoscope, and watch with a secondhand
Students Will
  • Be eligible to take the state certification exam
  • Receive a TSC Certificate of Certification