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Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

This course is designed to train health care assistants in basic skills necessary to assist nurses in a variety of health care settings and to be efficient health care team members.

CNA training is a sought after skill development program in an Alaskan market where CNAs are in short supply and is also a stable avenue for getting a foot into the health care industry. The course includes classroom instruction, lab training, skill practice and the clinical application of knowledge and skills. The sections are scheduled to allow for high school student enrollment. 98% of all University of Alaska Southeast CNA program graduates have passed the state exam and students are reporting immediate employment in their communities. 

CNA Training is a 9-credit course designed to train entry level workers in basic skills needed to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. Students qualify to sit for the Alaska State Certification Exam for Nursing Assistants. Minimum of 75 lecture hours and 80 lab/clinical hours included. Offered on all UAS campuses.


UAS partners with Wildflower Court and Juneau Pioneers' Home to provide Certified Nurse Aide training in the Fall (1 section), Spring (2 sections), and Summer (1 section). 

Juneau organizations and businesses that have and continue to hire Certified Nurse Aides include (but not limited to) Wildflower Court, Juneau Pioneer Home, Bartlett Regional Hospital, REACH, JAMI, Rainforest Recovery, local doctors offices and clinics, and home health agencies like Cornerstone Home Health.

Office: Technical Education Center (TEC) - located downtown at 1415 Harbor Way (between Aurora and Harris Harbors and across the skybridge from Juneau-Douglas High School)

CNA applications for the upcoming semester are due three weeks prior to the start of the CNA class.

The current CNA class schedule can be found here by searching under the Subject "Health Sciences". 

(907) 796-6125  -  CNA Application Form


Prepare for a high demand job assisting nurses in a variety of health care settings.  This ten-week course meets twice a week from 8:00am - 5:00pm. The first six weeks are spent in the classroom, learning the skills and vocabulary necessary to be a successful CNA. The following three weeks are spent in local health care agencies in 'clinicals' applying the classroom knowledge. A student must achieve a 'C' or better in the classroom setting to advance to the clinical portion of the class.

Registration packets are available approximately 6-8 weeks before the start of the course. Students must submit all required forms for the University, State of Alaska and Ketchikan Medical Center, including a state background check, fingerprints, passport photo, physical exam and proof of immunization (including a recent blood test - titers - indicating full immunity). The cost of these additional tests and requirements are the student's responsibility and not included in the cost of the course. Contact us at (907) 228-4537 for more information.

2020 SPRING SEMESTER COURSE begins on Friday, February 28 and runs through Saturday, May 9, 2020.  The class meets on Fridays & Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Registration must be done in person at 2600 Seventh Avenue, Ziegler Building Registration Office. 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Click here for more information.

Mandatory Orientation Session

Students are required to attend one of the two orientation sessions held at 600 Stedman Street, Nursing Lab, Room 105.  Please call 228-4537 if you are unable to attend one of the two sessions.

Session 1 January 29, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Session 2 N/A - call for appointment

ORIENTATION INFORMATION: The orientation covers class expectations, costs, and paperwork requirements. Registration packets will be handed out at these sessions. When packets are completed they must be turned in by appointment. Click here for additional information on this course or contact us at (907) 228-4537.

PLACEMENT TESTING: Students may be required to take the Reading Placement Test at the Learning Center located in the Ziegler Building at the Upper Campus, 2600 Seventh Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska. Click here for additional information or call (907) 228-4549 to make an appointment for testing.

Registered Nurse Option

UAS Ketchikan is a distance site for the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing Outreach Program. Admitted students achieve their Associate of Applied Science in Nursing through UAA taking courses in Ketchikan and then take the national licensure exam to work as a registered nurse. More information can be found at the UAA School of Nursing Website.

This is a competitive program - early advising is highly recommended.
Call 228-4511 to request an advising appointment.


The CNA course is offered fall and spring semesters. This is a blended, semester-long course  (meaning that the student will be completing some of the coursework online and will also attend weekly in person lab sessions and a clinical practicum). It is suggested that students have basic computer skills in order to be successful in this course.

During the first week of class students must submit:

  • Medical exam form that includes record of required immunizations or a blood titer demonstrates immunity (form is included in the information packet below).
  • A background check. If you have been convicted of any criminal offenses other than minor traffic violation, you must contact us before registering.
  • Proof of United States high school graduation / GED or score 55 or higher on a reading placement exam.

Students who do not complete these requirements will be dropped from the class.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Stromme at 907-747-7781


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