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. 


Enrollment is restricted to students who have applied within the appropriate application periods through the nursing department, and have been accepted. The program accepts 20 students and 5 alternates. 

All applications MUST be submitted in person or by U.S. mail. Applications will only be accepted during the times specified on the application period. 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 via SWC e-mail account after the application period closes.

Fall 2019 Acute Care CNA Application Period:

July 15, 2019 at 9 am - August 29, 2019 at 3 pm

Applications submitted during this timeframe will be considered for the Acute Care CNA class that begins October 2019 (Fall 2019).

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