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Nursing assistants provide for the most basic level of patient care, helping patients with everyday needs like bathing, getting dressed, and eating. They also help licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) with medical tasks, taking patients’ vital signs and monitoring symptoms. If you’ve ever had a hospital stay, nursing assistants are generally the ones who stop by to ask how you’re feeling of if you need anything. A big part of their job to keep RNs and LPNs informed about changes in patient wellness. Because of the social role nursing assistants play in the daily lives of patients, they are often perceived as primary caregivers, and can build strong relationships with those in need of care.

Becoming a nursing assistant is by far the fastest way to launch a career in the medical field. In Idaho, aspiring nursing assistants must finish 120 hours of coursework, comprised of 80 hours of classroom learning and 40 hours of supervised clinical and lab work. Unlike most other states, Idaho does not issue licenses for certified nursing assistants (CNAs), instead categorizing nursing assistants as unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP). In spite of this difference in designation, aspiring nursing assistants must take a training program at a technical or vocational school, and pass the state-approved competency evaluation program (CEP) before beginning work.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing assistants in Idaho can expect to earn approximately $18,970 per year, which is lower than the national average of $21,020. However, it may be helpful to keep in mind that this is somewhat higher compensation than most other professions with such short training. Nursing homes and extended care facilities are great entry points for new nursing assistants. After gaining some experience, they often find work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, private homes, and in a number of other types of medical facilities.

If you’re interested in launching your career as a CNA, we’ve compiled below a complete list of nursing assistant programs in the state of Idaho.

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College of Western Idaho
5500 East Opportunity Drive | Nampa, Idaho 83687
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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College of Western Idaho 5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, Idaho 83687
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

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North Idaho College
1000 West Garden Avenue | Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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North Idaho College 1000 West Garden Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate