Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA)

Certified Nurse's Aide & Apprenticeship Program

Health Careers Pathway Program Coordinator

Jamie Boyd, Ph.D., APRN
tel:  (808) 235-7384
email: boydj@hawaii.edu

Health Careers Program Manager

Dawn Poh
tel: (808) 235-7328
email: dawnpoh@hawaii.edu

CNA Training Overview

Our indigenous curriculum includes Western medicinal teachings, Hawaiiana, culinary and growing healthy food. The curriculum will prepare the student to achieve a level of knowledge, skills and abilities essential to provide basic care to medically fragile, ill and disabled persons. These skills to include, but not limited to, obtaining vital signs, bathing, grooming, positioning, toileting and ambulating. Instruction also to include legal rights, communication, safety, observation, reporting and assisting individual residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. Teaching methodologies include lecture, lab and supervised clinical hours in a long-term care facility. In Hawaii, cultural understanding in the healthcare setting promotes holistic healing and alternatives to Western medicine. Our program strongly believes a balance of mind, body and soul promotes positive outcomes for the patient and caregiver. Upon successful completion of the course and clinical hours students will be awarded a Certificate of Professional Development which will allow them eligibility to take the State of Hawaii Nurse Assistant Competency Evaluation examination with Prometric to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).

CNA Course Schedule

  • Classroom: 5-week training (90 hours) at Windward Community College, Hale Kuhina 107; Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • Ho‘ola māla‘ai–healing garden: 42 hours indigenous health training at Windward Community College, Hale ‘Ao
  • Clinical: 2-week training (48 hours) at a nursing rehabilitation facility; Monday–Wednesday, 5:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
A personal computer/tablet and internet access is required for this course.

CNA Apprenticeship Program

The CNA Apprenticeship program is designed to train students to qualify for higher wage jobs in the healthcare industry. The Program may provide help with tuition, training and/or connecting with employers as needed.

Students may transition from CNA training to a paid apprenticeship position with one of the program’s 10 employer-partners. Each employer in the network is committed to providing “on-the-job” apprenticeship positions to students seeking state certification as a CNA or NA apprentice. The advanced apprenticeship training is available to qualifying students.

Apprenticeship Schedule
  • 1–2 year (1,820 hours) paid apprenticeship with an employer in the CNA Apprenticeship program’s employer-partners network:
Adventist Health at Castle Medical Center, Kuakini Geriatric Care,
Aloha Nursing and Rehab Center, Lunalilo Home, Ann Pearl Care Home, Maunalani Nursing and Rehab Center, Kīnā ‘Ole Estate & Good Samaritan Society-Pohai Nani

Upon successful completion of all skills in the CNA Apprentice-level training, students will receive a State of Hawai‘i Apprenticeship Certificate.
Jun 24 - Aug 15            Jun 7
Sep 3 - Oct 17              Aug 15

How to Apply

  1.  Make an appointment to attend a mandatory Information Session. Call CNA Apprentice Program Manager, Noe Puaauli at (808) 235-7329.
  2. Schedule an appointment to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). This test is used to determine an individual’s readiness to enter CNA training.
  3. Apply to the CNA Apprenticeship Program:
  • Complete a physical examination with your doctor
  • Obtain MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) clearance
  • Obtain the two-step TB clearance
  • Obtain a criminal clearance online at ECRIM
Tuition and Training Costs

$2,500 tuition
$ 300 supplies/materials fee covers cost of uniforms, books, CPR, First Aid Certification

$2,800 total

Financial assistance is available. Please call for more information.
For more information and how to register please contact:
Dawn Poh
Program Manager
tel (808) 235-7328
fax (808) 235-7434
Please fill out the form below or call Dawn Poh at (808) 235-7328.
Three women working in a herb and vegetable garden.
Dr. Jamie Boyd
Dr. Jamie Boyd is a family nurse practitioner, nurse researcher and associate professor with the University of Hawai’i. Jamie holds a Ph. D. in Nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa,  is a fellow of the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence and studied food as medicine. She is also affiliated with the Na Liko Noelo program of ‘Imi Hale – The Native Hawaiian Cancer Awareness, Research and Training Network. Jamie designed Hawaii’s first Nursing Pathway supporting under served students to access entry-level health career training and ascend to living wage jobs via a Nurse Aide to LPN to RN program. By design, her Pathway model engages students in self-governance to manage the Pathway while simultaneously training participants to be community leaders, stewards, and models of healthy living.