In-Person Training - A CNA program that exceeds expectations

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Nurse Aide Training Course – Prepare for the state of Michigan CNA Exam

Davenport University’s Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program is a state-approved program, which qualifies you to take the Michigan CNA Exam (exam not included). Our training is offered in partnership with a skilled nursing facility and it includes academic instruction, hands-on practice in a laboratory setting and clinical practice in a long-term care facility. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Aide examination in the state of Michigan.

In this program you will learn how to provide basic care for a variety of clients. CNAs help the clients perform activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing, preparing meals, and other essential tasks. CNAs also take and record the client’s blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, breathing pattern, and weight. Our instructors work in the healthcare field and are extremely thorough in making sure that you feel prepared for your clinical experience as well as your state exam.

Students should be advised that clinical instruction may take place outside of times allotted for normal classroom or lab time. Students will be required to meet immunization standards of the clinical facilities and will be subject to a criminal background check prior to being able to participate in clinical instruction.

Seats in this program are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who qualify. Daily attendance is mandatory for the entire program. Our program fee includes a background check, laboratory supplies, training materials, lecture and clinical practicum. The CNA program is eligible for funding through the Veteran Education Benefits and Michigan Works! Both daytime and evening classes are available based on demand.

Why Choose DU?

Our instructor-led program provides integrated learning with an emphasis on simulation of the work environment and learning the critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

Learn from the experts. You’ll take classes with a registered nurse (RN) who has years of experience. Plus, hands-on clinicals at an assisted living facility gives you the chance to learn on the job.

Workplace Ready:
Employer partners have been very involved in the planning and implementation of this program. With training taking place onsite at a skilled nursing facility you will be immediately exposed to job opportunities.

Career Advancement:
Nurse Aide professionals enjoy competitive salaries, averaging between $14.82/hour or $30,083 annually, with plenty of opportunities for growth.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Provide basic nursing and personal care for patients and residents
  • Assist patients and residents in attaining and maintaining functional independence
  • Effectively communicate and interact with clients, families, and other health team members
  • Demonstrate an understanding of client’s emotional, social, and physical needs through sensitive interactions and behaviors
  • Display an attitude of understanding of client’s rights
  • Demonstrate observational and documentation skills needed in the assessment of client’s health and well being

How to Get Started

1. Complete the online registration form.

2. Pass a criminal background check.

3. Submit a negative TB test within the past year, complete an immunization report, and demonstrate the ability to read and write English.

4. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.

The state of Michigan CNA Exam

CNAs are qualified for multiple job opportunities with good starting salaries. CNAs are employed by nursing homes, home healthcare agencies, hospitals, retirement communities, hospice, and private homes. A certified nurse assistant (CNA) must complete a training program and pass a knowledge and a clinical skills test in order to be registered and work as a nurse aide (CNA) in Michigan. Michigan has contracted the company, HeadMaster, to proctor the state exam. To learn more about the CNA exam visit

Start your career in health care in less than a semester.

Acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to assist patients with health and daily living activities in healthcare facilities under the direction of a registered nurse. The Certified Nursing Aide program is a state-approved curriculum which qualifies you to take the Michigan CNA Exam (exam not included). There is a maximum of 15 students per class. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who qualify. On-time, daily attendance is mandatory for the entire program.

Why should I become a CNA?

  • You will be an integral part of the healthcare team
  • Good salary and attractive benefits
  • Various work setting choices
  • Flexibility/ Job security
  • Rewarding occupation as you provide care and support to those in need
  • CNA certification is a step in advancing your career options within the medical field

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