WI CNA Training Program
Program Overview 

Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) work alongside nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals to provide direct patient care in a hospital setting. SSM Health is seeking qualified individuals who want to attend training for work as a full time CNA in Wisconsin. The self-paced accelerated training program combines 59 hours of online coursework followed by 16 hours of clinical training.

Program Topics

  • Principles of Nurse Aide Safety & Communication (online, self-paced)
  • Fundamentals of Nurse Aide Training (online, self-paced)
  • On-site Supervised Practical Training (health care partner clinical)

Program Eligibility

  • Must have a high school diploma
  • Be part of an organization that's part of the grant
  • Must be a current SSM Health employee


Program Length

  • ​​​​​​​Online coursework typically takes 3-4 weeks (~59 hours)
  • 16-hour clinical training follows the coursework
  • Upon successful completion, students are eligible to sit for the state certification exam 

Program Benefits

  • No out-of-pocket costs
  • Student computer loan program is available at no cost
  • Upon program completion and successfully passing the state Nurse Aide exam, work as a CNA at SSM Health in a full-time position for a minimum of 12 months* 
* Graduates are required to fulfill a 24-month work commitment after successful program completion. Failure to complete the 24-month work commitment requires reimbursement for the full cost of the program. 

Become a Certified Nurse Assistant

Our instructors and hiring managers are eager to help you succeed in your path to becoming a CNA and starting your career in health care. This video gives you more insight into the requirements and structure of the program, and also answers some frequently asked questions.

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