Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA)

Health Programs

Program Director
Jamie Boyd, Ph.D., FNP-BC, APRN-BC

CNA Online

The Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA) training at Windward Community College provides a hands-on working experience that assists students in the transition to a job during their training. Students learn through in-class lectures and labs (skills practice and testing), and on-the-job training.

CNA skills training prepares students to achieve a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to providing basic care to ill or disabled persons: obtaining vital signs, bathing, grooming, positioning, toileting, ambulating, preparing healthy meals, and light housekeeping, among others. Instruction also covers legal rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting individuals in maintaining basic comfort, independence and safety.
In the Hawaiian cultural context, the healthcare setting promotes holistic healing and includes alternatives to Western healthcare practices. Our program strongly believes that 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 that will provide eligibility to apply for the Hawai’i State CNA Certification Exam.

Course Schedule

Dates: Jan 13 - May 27, 2022
Didactic (classroom/labs): 17 weeks, Th/F, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (online)
Practicum (clinical): 2 weeks, on site, W/Th/F:  5:30am-2:00pm  (in-person)
Total: 19 weeks, 150 hours
Enrollment requirements: Physical examination, Covid-19 vaccination, Two-step TB skin test, MMR immunizations, Criminal background check, Math/Reading Placement Test, and must be computer literate.

  • Active email address
  • Computer, laptop or tablet
  • Access to high speed internet (min. 512k), video and audio capabilities
  • Most recent updated website browsers
If you are interested in this course please contact:

Sydney Dickerson
CTE Retention Specialist
(808) 235-7316

Tuition and Training Costs

Tuition includes books, uniform shirt, CPR, First Aid certification (non-refundable after first day of class).
TOTAL $2,900

Hana Career Pathways Scholarship

This CNA training is a Hana Career Pathways grant funded opportunity offered to eligible students.
Apply for a tuition scholarship here.

Mandatory Orientation

Enrolled students must attend the mandatory orientation.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Zoom meeting link to be shared.
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 underserved 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.