Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Health Programs

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

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)  hybrid

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.

Course Schedule - Fall 2022

Dates: Sep. 12–Dec. 14, 2022

Didactic (in-classroom/labs): Sep. 12–Nov. 30  (12 weeks)
Mon/Tue/Wed, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (online using Zoom/in-person optional)
Students will also work on course assignments in their own time.

Practicum (clinical): Dec. 5–14  (2 weeks, on site)
Mon/Tue/Wed:  5:30am-2:00pm  (in-person)
Total: 14 weeks, 150 hours

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

1. Physical examination
2. Two-step TB skin test
3. MMR immunizations
4. Must be vaccinated for COVID-19
5. Criminal background check
6. Math/Reading Placement Test
7. Personal computer/tablet and access to high speed Internet access (Laptop loaners may be available upon request.)

Must be computer literate and complete all prerequisite documents listed.

If you are interested in this course please fill out the Interest Form below. We will contact you and can assist with your prerequisites. 
Contact: wccCNA@hawaii.edu 

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.)

Hana Career Pathways Scholarship

This CNA training is a Hana Career Pathways 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: Monday, Sept. 5
Time: 12:00–2:00pm
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.