As important members of the nursing team, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) assist patients with daily activities, take vital signs, clean and sanitize patient rooms and answer call lights. An excellent entry point to the nursing profession, CNA training programs are quick to complete and prepare students for their first jobs in a variety of healthcare settings. In Idaho, CNAs earn an average annual salary of $26,450 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Choosing the Best CNA Programs in Idaho

Once you have decided to become a CNA, also known as nursing assistants or nursing aides, the next step is finding the right training program in your area. In Idaho, training programs are available in Boise, as well as in smaller cities and towns around the state. Training programs are generally offered at community colleges, vocational schools, as well as at some medical centers and nursing homes. To learn more about admissions requirements for CNA training programs, visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when researching CNA training programs:

  • Program Length: A typical CNA training program can be completed in 12 weeks, but other programs can be finished in as little as 4 weeks of study, depending on the school. CNA programs include classroom instruction or online coursework in addition to clinical practice hours for nurses to practice their skills.
  • Program Cost: Program cost varies from school to school based on geographic location and type of school. In some medical centers and nursing homes, CNA training may be offered for free in exchange for the student working in the facility for a set amount of time during and following the completion of the training program.
  • Board Approved Programs: The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare offers a list of state-approved schools that offer CNA training programs. Each state sets its own requirements for CNA training and examinations, so it is important to familiarize yourself with your home state's criteria. For more information, check out the CNA certification requirements in Idaho.
  • Online/In-Person Options: Most CNA training programs are offered in a traditional classroom format followed by hands-on clinical training hours. However, some programs may offer online coursework, which is a particularly attractive option for students with busy work schedules or who live in rural or remote parts of Idaho far away from their school's campus.

2020 List of CNA Classes in Idaho

To get a feel for the CNA curriculum in Idaho, see our list of classes and courses available in the state:

Boise, ID

SchoolContact Information
The Boise Campus of Stevens-Henager College
1444 S Entertainment Ave
Boise, ID 83709
(208) 336-7671

Coeur d'Alene, ID

SchoolContact Information
North Idaho College
CNA Programs
1000 W Garden Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 769-3300

Idaho Falls, ID

SchoolContact Information
College of Eastern Idaho
CNA Programs
1600 S 25th E
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
(208) 524-3000

Lewiston, ID

SchoolContact Information
Lewis-Clark State College
CNA Programs
500 8th Ave
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 792-5272

Nampa, ID

SchoolContact Information
Centennial Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
CNA Programs
3201 Ridgecrest Dr
Nampa, ID 83687
(208) 442-4500
College of Western Idaho
CNA Programs
5500 E Opportunity Dr
Nampa, ID 83687
(208) 562-3000

Pocatello, ID

SchoolContact Information
Idaho State University
CNA Programs
921 S 8th Ave
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-0211

Twin Falls, ID

SchoolContact Information
College of Southern Idaho
CNA Programs
315 Falls Ave
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 732-6221

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