Certified Nursing Assistant

Course | 3 Credits

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are valued members of healthcare teams, often focusing on the emotional needs of patients as well as performing their CNA duties.  

Many CNAs serve in long-term care facilities. Southeast Tech’s program focuses on: 

  • Safety
  • Infection Control 
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Basic nursing skills
  • Personal care
  • Aging process
  • CNA roles and responsibilities

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What’s Your Role as a Certified Nursing Assistant?

Are you looking for a field where you can help others? Through the CNA course at Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls, you will gain the skills needed to compassionately serve in a healthcare setting.

A CNA is trained in basic nursing skills and personal care. Duties may include measuring vital signs, cleaning and bathing patients, repositioning patients to aid comfort and prevent bed sores, listening to health concerns.

Why Choose Southeast Tech? 

During your training as a Certified Nursing Assistant, you will study in STC’s high-tech Sullivan Health/Science Center. In addition, you will have lecture (40 hours) and hands-on lab (35 hours) instruction. Another key component is 16 hours of clinical experience, completed at long-term care facilities in and around Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This course is backed by these other career-boosters:  

Certification as a Nurse’s Aid: Upon completion of the course, you may take the state nurse’s assistant certification exam. The testing encompasses knowledge and skills assessments.  

First Steps to RN / LPN: Work experience as a CNA gives you experience many nursing schools value. The CNA course is also a prerequisite to Southeast Technical College's Invasive Cardiovascular and three Sonography programs. 

Tailored Learning: This course has online, clinical and on-campus elements.

What Can You Do As a CNA? 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a regional hub for many healthcare centers, which draw rural residents to the area. Your career opportunities upon graduation include many of these hospitals, clinics and long-term care centers. Graduates find employment with the following healthcare employers:  

  • Avera Health Systems
  • Good Samaritan Society
  • Sanford Health Sioux Falls  
  • Veteran’s Administration Health Care System
  • Many more long-term care and home care agencies

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Southeast Tech’s Certified Nursing Assistant program meets the South Dakota Board of Nursing, South Dakota Healthcare Association, South Dakota Department of Health and federal regulations. 

Required Courses:
Certified Nursing Assistant, Certificate
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Admission Criteria 

Students must be at least 16 years of age.

Application Process

  • Complete the Southeast Tech application.
  • Select "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked "What kind of student are you?"
  • Once the application is submitted, an Admissions Representative will be in contact.
  • Pay $75 registration fee.
  • Then, the Admissions Office will complete the registration request and send you an official schedule.


Costs are calculated based on a charge of $249 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

Total Costs

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Additional Program Requirements  

Background Check and Drug Screen 

Completion of a background check and drug screen are required before program classes start. 

Background Check   Drug Screen

This program requires additional immunizations. Please refer to the Health & Human Services Academic Handbook for additional details.
Scrubs are required for this program.

Technology Requirements

Southeast Technical College's Certified Nursing Assistant course is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program. You may purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech I.T. Support Center.



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Other Programs Related to Certified Nursing Assistant  

If you’re interested in becoming a CNA, you might also be interested in these other healthcare programs at Southeast Tech:  

Registered Nurse (RN) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Medical Assistant