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Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) fill a junior nursing role and thus hold entry-level qualifications. They receive guidance and supervision in their day-to-day practice from more senior nursing staff, such as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs). With the demand for nursing assistants expected to increase 23% over the next decade, Missouri’s CNA programs are experiencing increased enrollment.

A wide variety of Missouri schools offer nursing assistant training. By state law, aspiring CNAs must fulfill 75 hours of classroom training, complete 100 hours of on-the-job training, and successfully pass a two-part final examination. CNA training programs are available at both public and private institutions. Public schools, primarily local community colleges, cater to students with limited financial budgets and tight work schedules. Private schools, like St. Louis College of Health Careers, ensure that a broader range of students can earn CNA certification, particularly in large metropolitan areas.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 41,340 nursing assistants employed in Missouri. They earn a median annual salary of $22,140; top performers in large metro areas like Kansas City can earn over $28,000 per year. Major healthcare providers are constantly hiring new CNAs throughout the state, including Genesis HealthCare, Tenet Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To paint a fuller picture, we’ve listed below many of Missouri’s top programs for aspiring nursing assistants. We hope that the state’s future CNAs can use this information to find the best schools.

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Kansas City

Cass Career Center
1600 East Elm Street | Harrisonville, Missouri 64701
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lex La-Ray Technical Center
2323 High School Drive | Lexington, Missouri 64067
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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Cass Career Center 1600 East Elm Street
Harrisonville, Missouri 64701
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lex La-Ray Technical Center 2323 High School Drive
Lexington, Missouri 64067
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Springfield

Bolivar Technical College
2001 West Broadway Street | Bolivar, Missouri 65613
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Bolivar Technical College 2001 West Broadway Street
Bolivar, Missouri 65613
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

St. Louis

St. Charles Community College
One Academy Place | Dardenne Prairie, Missouri 63368
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
St. Charles Community College One Academy Place
Dardenne Prairie, Missouri 63368
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Missouri cities

Crowder College
601 Laclede Avenue | Neosho, Missouri 64850
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Cassville
4020 North Main Street | Cassville, Missouri 65625
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - McDonald County
194 College Road | Jane, Missouri 64856
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Nevada
600 West Edwards Place | Nevada, Missouri 64772
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Technical School
1515 South Munn Avenue | Maryville, Missouri 64468
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Fair Community College
3201 West 16th Street | Sedalia, Missouri 65301
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Crowder College 601 Laclede Avenue
Neosho, Missouri 64850
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Cassville 4020 North Main Street
Cassville, Missouri 65625
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - McDonald County 194 College Road
Jane, Missouri 64856
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Crowder College - Nevada 600 West Edwards Place
Nevada, Missouri 64772
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Northwest Technical School 1515 South Munn Avenue
Maryville, Missouri 64468
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State Fair Community College 3201 West 16th Street
Sedalia, Missouri 65301
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate