Wesley CNA Academy

Time for a career change?

Attend our free CNA training course and join one of the fastest growing careers.

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides essential services to patients in a variety of medical settings. Apply to Wesley’s free, state certified CNA training program to receive a free CNA certification and enter a fulfilling, fast growing career in healthcare. Fill out an online application and attend our 6-week training academy in Des Moines.


How much does the program cost?

We do not charge any tuition fees for our free CNA classes. Students only pay for state NAR and NAC applications ($85 each + Pearson Vue State exam fee $124), and for their own supplies (examples here): scrubs, watch, shoes, pens and notebooks.

Do I need to be a Wesley employee to attend classes?

No, this program is open to anyone over 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must pass a criminal background check.

Is your training program state certified?

Yes, we are accredited by the Washington State Department of Health.

How old do I have to be to take the class?

Applicants must be 18 years of age by the first day of class. This is the minimum age for employment as a CNA at Wesley.

Will I be guaranteed employment?

No, we do not guarantee employment upon completion of the course. However, we often hire students who complete the program and pass the state exam.

How long is the program?

The program is 6 weeks long, with classes Monday through Friday for lecture/skills 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and Monday through Friday for clinical rotation 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

What is a CNA?

CNA stands for Certified Nurse Assistant. A CNA provides hands-on care to patients and residents in residential care settings, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. The Nursing Home Reform Act, adopted by congress in 1987, defined the training and evaluation standards for nursing assistants.

What will the program cover?

Curriculum will cover necessary material to pass the written and the skills portions of the state CNA exam. Emphasis is placed on the basics of nursing and providing high-quality care to patients. Topics include but not limited to: nursing care basics, vital signs, resident rights, confidentiality, restorative care, HIV/AIDS, CPR, and 23 hands on skills.

Where can I take the state CNA exam?

Information will be provided during the class on the different testing sites in Washington. For more information on the state exam, please visit the Department of Health website.

Will I have to renew my CNA license?

Yes, your CNA certification must be renewed annually with the state on or before the applicant’s birthday.

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