Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Jamie Boyd, Ph.D., FNP-BC, APRN-BC
femle and male cna students

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)  Acute Care

Our approach to teaching CNA includes Hawaiiana and gardening using a hybrid model with online and  face-to-face components. Students will achieve a level of knowledge, skills and abilities essential to provide basic care to ill and disabled persons. 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--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. You are required to sit for the exam at the end of the course.

Students will also need to apply and interview with Adventist Health Castle for an Acute Care Nurse Aide position. If hired, students will need to be ready to train and work at Adventist Health Castle upon successful completion of the Windward CC - CNA program.

Course Schedule - tbd

Dates: tbd
Program Total Hours:  150 hours (14 weeks)

Didactic (in-classroom/labs): dates tbd  (12 weeks)*
Days and dates: tbd (online using Zoom/in-person optional)
 Class will meet in person at WCC one day per week.
Students will also work on course assignments in their own time.

Practicum (clinical): May 1–10  (2 weeks, on site)*
Days and dates: tbd  (in-person)

*Dates subject to change.

  • Active email address per participant (no sharing)
  • Desktop computer or laptop computer with camera, microphone & speaker for video conferencing
  • Access to reliable high speed internet (min. 512k), video and audio capabilities
  • Access to a second device to use as a camera 
  • Access and able to use Zoom app
  • Most recent updated website browsers

1. Physical examination
2. Two-step TB skin test (current)
3. MMR immunizations
4. Must be vaccinated for COVID-19
5. Criminal background check
6. Math/Reading Placement Test or evidence of high school or college level
7. Personal computer/tablet and access to reliable high speed Internet access (Laptop loaners and/or mobile hotspots may be available upon request.)
8. Must be computer literate, able to work in online learning management platform
9. Must attend mandatory orientation meeting.
Hawaii's Best Career and Technical Education 2019, 2020, 2021 , 2022

Tuition and Training Costs

TUITION: $2,000
ADDITIONAL FEES: approximately $450 (Book, uniform shirts,  First Aid certification card (non-refundable after first day of class) and CNA testing fee.)


Good Jobs Hawai'i  Scholarship

This CNA training is a Good Jobs Hawai'i  grant funded opportunity offered to eligible students.
Apply for a  scholarship to cover tuition and all fees.

Mandatory Orientation

Enrolled students must attend the mandatory orientation prior to start of the course.
Date: tbd
Time: tbd
Zoom meeting link to be shared.

Healthcare Program
Learning Outcomes

  • Aquire knowledge to become an effective healthcare provider.
  • Learn skills to become a competent healthcare provider.
  • Develop healthcare professionals who use their training with aloha.
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.
If you are interested in this course please fill out the Interest Form below. We will contact you and can assist with your prerequisites.