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Acute Care CNA

Nursing assistant training focuses on the role of the CNA in a skilled nursing facility. Didactic and clinical components focus primarily on skilled nursing care. The Acute Care CNA course focuses on broadening the CNA’s scope of knowledge and clinical experience to include skills required to work in an acute care setting (hospital). This course covers the pathophysiology, treatment and nursing care of various disorders/diseases. It is helpful if you have already taken classes on these topics – biology, microbiology, medical terminology and anatomy.


The cost of the program is currently estimated to be about $500 (subject to change). Fees include textbooks, parking, and enrollment fees. Eligibility for financial aid can help offset the cost.


Enrollment is restricted to students who have applied during the application period and have been accepted into the program by the Nursing Office. The program accepts 20 students and 5 alternates.

All applications must be submitted by U.S. Mail. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the only delivery option. Applications will be reviewed in the order received. The first 20 applicants with a complete application packet will be accepted. All applicants will be notified of their status (i.e accepted; alternate; not accepted) via SWC e-mail account after the application period closes and after all applications have been reviewed.

Spring 2021 Application Period

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - Thursday, November 6, 2020

Applications submitted during this timeframe will be considered for the Acute Care CNA class that begins March 2021 (Spring 2021).

Note: Submitting an application does not guarantee entry into the program.

Important update regarding applications due to COVID-19 (PDF) Revised 10/20/2020