Becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is a rewarding career path that is an excellent entry point to the nursing profession. CNAs work under the supervision of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) to assist patients with activities of daily living including dressing and bathing, take and record patients' vital signs and clean patient rooms. In Missouri, CNAs earn an average annual salary of $25,360, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many CNAs go on to become LPNs or RNs after learning the profession as nursing assistants.

Choosing the Best CNA Programs in Missouri

In order to become a nursing assistant, students must complete a state-approved training program and pass their state's certification exam. Training programs are relatively quick to complete and are offered in many community colleges, vocational schools as well as in some medical facilities. For more information about admissions requirements for CNA programs in Missouri, please visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page.

  • Program Length: CNA training program length can vary, generally taking less than a year to complete. In Missouri, CNA training programs must include a minimum of 75 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of on the job clinical training. In some cases, applicants may be exempt from the training hours requirement if they have previous nursing experience. For more information about exemptions to the training requirements, please visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website.
  • Program Cost: The cost of a CNA training program varies from school to school. As one example of program costs, the certified nursing assistant program at St. Charles Community College is $375 for the classroom instruction, $310 for the clinical internship and $115 for the certification exam as of 2019. When researching schools, be sure to find out the cost of additional fees, supplies, exam costs, etc. in addition to the stated tuition cost in order to estimate the total cost of a program.
  • Board Approved Programs: In order to become certified as a nursing aide in Missouri applicants must complete a state-approved training program, or be certified by another state. The Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services regulates CNA training programs and maintains the Certified Nurse Assistant Registry. Students can find a listing of approved training programs on the Department's website. To learn more, check out the CNA certification requirements for Missouri.
  • Online/In-Person Options: Some states offer online courses as part of their CNA training. In Missouri, there is a handful of schools approved by the state that offer online coursework accompanied by in-person clinical training in a local healthcare facility. These hybrid options may be a particularly good fit for students who have busy work schedules or family obligations that make it difficult to attend classes in person.

2022 List of CNA Classes in Missouri

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

Bolivar, MO

SchoolContact Information
Bolivar Technical College
CNA Programs
1135 N Oakland Ave
Bolivar, MO 65613
(417) 777-5062

Cape Girardeau, MO

SchoolContact Information
Cape Girardeau Career & Tech
CNA Programs
1080 S Silver Springs Rd
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573) 334-0826

Chillicothe, MO

SchoolContact Information
Grand River Technical School
1200 Fair St
Chillicothe, MO 64601
(660) 646-3414

Columbia, MO

SchoolContact Information
Columbia Area Career Center
4203 S Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 214-3800

Cottleville, MO

SchoolContact Information
St. Charles Community College
CNA Programs
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr
Cottleville, MO 63376
(636) 922-8000

Excelsior Springs, MO

SchoolContact Information
Excelsior Springs Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
701 St Louis Ave
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
(816) 629-3111

Hannibal, MO

SchoolContact Information
Hannibal Career and Technical Center
CNA Programs
4550 McMasters Ave
Hannibal, MO 63401
(573) 221-4430

Harrisonville, MO

SchoolContact Information
Cass Career Center
1600 E Elm St
Harrisonville, MO 64701
(816) 380-3253

Hillsboro, MO

SchoolContact Information
Jefferson College
1000 Viking Dr
Hillsboro, MO 63050
(636) 797-3000

Imperial, MO

SchoolContact Information
Jefferson College Imperial
CNA Programs
4400 Jeffco Blvd
Imperial, MO 63052
(636) 481-3481

Independence, MO

SchoolContact Information
Fort Osage Career & Tech Center
2101 N Twyman Rd
Independence, MO 64058
(816) 650-7180
Metropolitan Community College- Blue River
CNA Programs
20301 MO-78
Independence, MO 64057
(816) 604-1000

Ironton, MO

SchoolContact Information
Arcadia Valley Career Technology Center
CNA Programs
650 W Park Dr
Ironton, MO 63650
(573) 546-9700

Jefferson City, MO

SchoolContact Information
Nichols Career Center
605 Union St
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 659-3100

Joplin, MO

SchoolContact Information
Franklin Technology Center
2220 N Indiana Ave
Joplin, MO 64804
(417) 625-5260

Kansas City, MO

SchoolContact Information
Kansas City Satellite Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
2402 Swope Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64130
(816) 921-3366
Metropolitan Community College
CNA Programs
3200 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 604-1000

Moberly, MO

SchoolContact Information
Moberly Area Community College
101 N College Ave
Moberly, MO 65270
(660) 263-4100

Neosho, MO

SchoolContact Information
Crowder College
CNA Programs
601 Laclede Ave
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-3223

Sedalia, MO

SchoolContact Information
State Fair Community College
CNA Programs
3201 W 16th St
Sedalia, MO 65301
(660) 530-5800

Springfield, MO

SchoolContact Information
Bryan University in Springfield, Missouri
CNA Programs
4255 S Nature Center Way
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 862-5700
Center Workforce Development
614 N Washington Ave
Springfield, MO 65806
(417) 895-7158

St. Louis, MO

SchoolContact Information
St. Louis Community College
300 S Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 539-5000
St. Louis Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
4333 Goodfellow Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63120
(314) 679-6200

Union, MO

SchoolContact Information
East Central College
1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, MO 63084
(636) 584-6500

West Plains, MO

SchoolContact Information
Missouri State University-West Plains
CNA Programs
2715, 128 Garfield Ave
West Plains, MO 65775
(417) 255-7255

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