Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA)

Certified Nurse's Aide Program

Program Coordinator

Jamie Boyd, Ph.D., APRN
tel:  (808) 235-7384
email: boydj@hawaii.edu

Program Manager

Dawn Poh
tel: (808) 235-7328
email: dawnpoh@hawaii.edu
Our indigenous curriculum includes Western medicinal teachings, Hawaiiana, culinary and growing healthy food. The curriculum will prepare the student to achieve a level of knowledge, skills and abilities essential to provide basic care to medically fragile, ill and disabled persons. These skills to include, but not limited to, obtaining vital signs, bathing, grooming, positioning, toileting and ambulating. Instruction also to include legal rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting individual residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. Teaching methodologies include lecture, lab and supervised clinical hours in a long-term care facility. In Hawaii, cultural understanding in the healthcare setting promotes holistic healing and alternatives to Western medicine. Our program strongly believes a balance of mind, body and soul promotes positive outcomes for the patient and caregiver. Upon successful completion of the course and clinical hours students will be awarded a Certificate of Professional Development which will allow them eligibility to take the State of Hawaii Nurse Assistant Competency Evaluation examination with Prometric to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).

Course Schedule

Instructor: Brenda Gartner,  Jamie Boyd, Ph D., APRN

Class Instruction: 3 Weeks
Total hours: 145 hours
Class meets: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Windward Community College, Hale Kuhina 107

Clinical Instruction: 5 Days
Class meets: Monday - Friday, 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Ann Pearl Nursing Facility, 45-181 Waikalua Road, Kaneohe

Cost: $1,980 + $320 supplies/materials fee due at time of registration. Non-refundable.
(State Certification Exam fee is not included in tuition.)

HLTH7000 5/1 - 5/26 20 mtgs.
HLTH7000 6/5 - 6/30 20 mtgs.  (no class: 6/12)

Very limited enrollment. Tuition assistance available.  
If you are interested in this course please call Dawn Poh at (808) 235-7328.
Please call Dawn at (808) 235-7328 to schedule an appointment.

School Health Aide, Level 1

Begins May 2017
Tuition assistance available.
The School Health Aide Certificate of Competence prepares high school graduates for a position as a school health aide (SHA) who can function successfully in the school health environment. Students will learn the role of a SHA in identifying health needs of students and maintaining a school health room. Level 1 prepares students to manage health issues of school aged children in a school health environment and to provide culturally sensitive and competent care to elementary, middle and high school students. Graduates of the 75 hr. program are eligible to apply for a SHA position with the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE).

Dates: May - June 2017
Class meets: TBD
Location: Windward Community College, Hale Kuhina 107
Cost: Tuition assistance available

For more information please call Dawn at (808) 235-7328.
Three women working in a herb and vegetable garden.

CNA Garden Day
Saturday, May 20
8 am–12 pm
The Nursing Mala ‘Ai Ho‘ola (located behind Hale A‘o)
Plenty of free parking

We're excited to announce the Nursing Pathway Program's next Community Garden Day. We welcome friends and family to Windward Community College.

Here’s what volunteers can expect:
• Enjoy fun activities for keiki
• Eat healthy, chilled snack treats to combat the heat
• Share in the joy of malama ‘aina, planting and harvesting
• Learn modern and traditional gardening practices
• Work with others interested in promoting good health

July 22
Oct 7
Dec 9
We appreciate volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer or have any questions please call Dawn at 235-7328 or email dawnpoh@hawaii.edu
Please fill out the form below or call Dawn Poh at (808) 235-7328.

Video of Worm Composting System at WCC Nursing Garden - March 2, 2016

Seed to Plate course. Hands holding vegetables and fruit.
Female CNA student wearing blue scrubs and a stethescope around her neck.
photo fo Dr. Jamie Boyd
Dr. Jamie Boyd is a family nurse practitioner, nurse researcher and associate professor with the University of Hawai’i. Jamie holds a Ph. D. in Nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa,  is a fellow of the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence and studied food as medicine. She is also affiliated with the Na Liko Noelo program of ‘Imi Hale – The Native Hawaiian Cancer Awareness, Research and Training Network. Jamie designed Hawaii’s first Nursing Pathway supporting under served students to access entry-level health career training and ascend to living wage jobs via a Nurse Aide to LPN to RN program. By design, her Pathway model engages students in self-governance to manage the Pathway while simultaneously training participants to be community leaders, stewards, and models of healthy living.


Star-Advertiser, Kokua Line - Oct. 29, 2014

To Dr. Jamie Boyd and her nursing students manning the first aid station and the nursing school tent at the Windward Hoolaulea. Mahalo also to Kaui and Kelona, who kept an eye on me while I waited to feel better.
Kaui even taught me how to make palaia (Hawaiian kendama). As Dr. Boyd tended to me, I knew that I was in capable, caring hands. All of the nursing students were caring and professional. Thank you to all of you. -- Darren

Midweek - May 8, 2013

Dr. Jamie Boyd is honored for her work at Windward Community College.

Hawaii Public Radio

Nursing Enriched By Native Values.