Certified Nursing Assistant Apprenticeship

Singing River Healthcare Academy’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship will equip you with the knowledge and skills to join the healthcare field after just one short year of study and hands-on training.

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), also known as Patient Care Assistants (PCAs) or Nurse’s Aids, provide basic patient care and support in partnership with nurses, physicians and other caregivers. CNAs assist patients with activities of daily living and the ideal CNA has a passion for people and direct patient care.

Beginning your healthcare career journey in our Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship program will prepare you for the certification needed to begin your career in healthcare.

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CNA Career Path

As a CNA Apprentice, you’ll gain experience on-the-job to help you determine your best next steps, whether it is pursuing licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN) or even growing into a four year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Apprenticeship Basics

Program Length1 Year
Average Salary$40,000 annually with full benefits*
Potential Career PathsCertified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Registered Nurse (RN), BSN
CertificationMississippi Department of Health

About the Course

Apprentices first take a CNA course that lasts eight weeks and includes a hands-on clinical rotation. They are then transitioned into their job placement. The course will provide a baseline of knowledge in the:

  • Operation of basic medical equipment.
  • Performance of basic medical tasks under the directive or supervision of licensed medical personnel.
  • Performance of basic tasks in aid of patients requiring assistance with ADLs in a healthcare or home setting.
  • Basic knowledge about the human body, its systems, and how to care for patients with certain diagnoses related to body systems.


There are no prerequisites for the CNA apprenticeship program.


Upon successful completion of this course, students are able to do the following:

  • Describe the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant.
  • Demonstrate competency in communicating appropriately in the medical setting.
  • Describe legal and ethical issues encountered in the medical setting.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in providing patients assistance with ADLs.
  • Demonstrate Proficiency in collecting patient date i.e. Vital signs and patient intake and output
  • Describe the components of HIPAA confidentiality regulations.
  • Explain basic principles of infection control.
  • Describe strategies to communicate appropriately with patients from different cultures and across all stages of life.
  • Student will be eligible to sit for the state-approved CNA exam
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*Avg. salary is based on 2022 statistics including overtime pay, experience, and certifications