Nursing Assistant (CNA)

2024 02 23_CTC CNA Students (L to R)- Madison Sharp, Justis Joiner, Samantha Deerman, Michael Shelton, Karlee Hall, Ava Lincoln

What is a CNA?

Looking for a career in the medical field?  A Certificed Nursing Assistant (CNA) career offers many opportunities!  The CNA role is a great stepping stone to other healthcare professions.

CNAs are often with a patient more than other nurses and doctors, so they often understand patent behaviors and health statuses.  Becasue CNAs are often the first to notice a patient's physical or emotional changes, their work is vital to patient wellbeing and the collaboration between other healthcare professionals.  CNAs also perform variety of tasks that help with patients with their daily living activities.

2024 CNA Schedules

  • CNA classes are held on both campuses and are offered in BRTC's Career and Technical Centers to high school students.
  • CNA classes at BRTC campuses are held in 4-, 8-, and 16-week sessions.
  • Upon acceptance into the program, you will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check. NOTE:  A positive criminal background check may prevent you from being able to attend clinical and, therefore, prevent you from being able to meet the program requirements.

Pocahontas Schedules

5-Week Class:  August 26 to September 25

Lecture
Monday-Thursday 
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Clinical days
Saturday-Sunday
6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

8-Week Class:  October 14 to December 16

Lecture
Monday-Thursday 
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Clinical days
Saturday-Sunday
6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

8-Week Class:  January 13 to March 9

Lecture
Monday-Thursday 
8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Clinical Days
Saturday-Sunday
6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

5-Week Class:  March 27 to April 27

Lecture
Monday-Thursday 
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Clinical Days
Saturday-Sunday
6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Paragould Campus

5-Week Class:  August 19 to September 18

Lecture
Monday-Thursday 
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Clinical Days
Saturday-Sunday
6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

8-Week Class:  October 14 to December 16

Lecture
Monday-Thursday 
8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Clinical Days
Saturday-Sunday
6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

8-Week Class:  January 13 to March 9

Lecture
Monday-Thursday 
8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Clinical Days
Saturday-Sunday
6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

5-Week Class:  April 3 to May 5 

Lecture
Monday-Thursday 
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Clinical Days
Saturday-Sunday
6:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Successful completion of the program positions graduates for employment in a hospital, nursing home, home health agency, or other medical facility.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for the Arkansas State CNA exam, which must be completed within 12 months of graduation. BRTC is a Headmaster testing site so students do not have to travel to take their state exams.

Prospective students will be required to do the following:

  • Pass an entrance exam with a 70% or higher.
  • Contact the Academic Advisor for Allied Health to schedule an exam.

Upon acceptance, students will be required to do the following:

  • Apply to Black River Technical College and complete all entrance requirements, including college placement test.
  • Provide proof of Tetanus vaccine and negative Tuberculosis test or chest x-ray.
  • Provide state driver's license or photo ID, Social Security Number, and home address.
  • Complete the Child Maltreatment Reporter Training (www.ar.mandatedreporter.org).
  • Pass drug screen(s).
  • Attend the scheduled orientation.

Class size is limited to 24 students.

Acceptance letters are handed out when the student successfully takes entrance exam.  Applicants accepted into the program may be eligible to apply for sponsorship or other funding to help cover the cost of the course.  However, this course is not covered under FASFA (PELL) as a stand-alone program.

Under Arkansas law, long-term care facilities shall not knowingly employ or hire a person who has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or has been found guilty of, any of the offenses listed in Arkansas Code Ann. §20-38-105. https://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/Arkansas%20Statute%20Title%2020%20Subtitle%202%20Chapter%2038.pdf

  • CNA program courses are held in both Pocahontas and Paragould. 
  • High school students are also able to take CNA classes through BRTC's Career and Technical Center.
Military Service Obligations

Any student whose plan of study is interrupted due to military service obligations while enrolled in an allied health program will be guaranteed readmission upon return. The student will be required to meet the readmission standards set by the program.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

As of July 1, 2020, The Secretary of the Department of Education amends the regulations on institutional eligibility under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), and the Student Assistance General Provisions to rescind the Department’s gainful employment regulations. https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2019-13703/p-3

In accordance with these regulations, on the Consumer and Mandated Information page you will find links to the disclosures for each of the certificate programs at Black River Technical College which are covered by these regulations.

Certificate in Proficiency for Patient Care Technician

Students that complete the Certificate of Proficiency in both Phlebotomy and Nursing Assistant also qualify for a Certificate in Proficiency for Patient Care Tech.

Patient Care Technician Degree Plans