Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA)

Health Programs

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

CNA Online

Our indigenous curriculum includes Western and Native Hawaiian health teachings, and culinary and gardening/training. The curriculum will prepare the student to achieve a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to ill or disabled persons. These skills include, but are not limited to obtaining vital signs, bathing, grooming, positioning, toileting, ambulating, preparing healthy meals, and light housekeeping.  Instruction covers legal rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting individuals in maintaining basic comfort, independence and safety. Teaching methodologies include in class and online lectures and tests, and in class labs (skills practice and testing). 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 as a nurse aide. Enrollment requirements: Physical examination, 2-step TB skin test, MMR immunizations, Criminal background check, Math/Reading Placement Test
Our current recruitment has been filled.
If you are interested in this course please contact:

Sydney Dickerson
CTE Retention Specialist
 wccCNA@hawaii.edu 
(808) 235-7316
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.
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