(found 100 schools, updated in August 2017)
Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant in Missouri is an excellent way to start a rewarding healthcare career. A CNA has important job responsibilities in the delivery of basic nursing care services to patients and residents of long-term care facilities. The Certified Nurse Assistant works under the supervision of the Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse on duty, serves as the liaison between clients and medical professionals and plays a major role in helping clients achieve the highest quality of life.
- 7 Steps to Becoming a CNA in Missouri
- How to Keep CNA Certification Active
- Salary and Job Outlook for CNAs in Missouri
- Get Certification in Nearby States
7 Steps to Becoming a CNA in Missouri
Step 1: Review the Options to Achieve CNA Registry Listing
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services oversees the Certified Nurse Assistant training and certification requirements, and maintains the Missouri State Nursing Assistant Registry. A new CNA will have to complete state-approved training and take a state examination in order to be listed in the Registry.
However, there are several other paths eligible individuals can choose among to achieve Registry listing. When an individual challenges the CNA exam, it means the person wants to take the Challenge Exam rather than complete a full training program which includes examination.
Nursing Students and Graduates
Nursing students enrolled in a professional RN or LPN education program for at least four months, or those who have taken and passed a Fundamentals of Nurse Course within the last five years, can challenge the examination.
Graduates of RN or LPN programs who failed to pass the state licensing exam can challenge the CNA exam.
CNAs from Other States
Out of state Certified Nursing Assistants who are in good standing on other state CNA registries can challenge the Missouri CNA exam. The person must be able to provide employer verification that he or she worked at least eight hours in every two years from certification. Verification is not needed if the out-of-state Registry has tracked employment.
Out of Country Nurse Graduates
Students who completed a nursing program in another country can apply to challenge the Missouri competency examination. The applicant will first have to complete the orientation module of the CNA training course. The module covers topics like patient rights and safety.
Individuals who trained in acute care units of medical facilities hospitals as nursing assistants can complete the orientation module of the CNA training course and show proof of completing 100 hours of training in a long-term care facility to be eligible to challenge the final examination. The same is true for individuals who trained as psychiatric aides.
An individual who trained in a long-term care unit of a hospital and has been working in the unit for at least 12 months can challenge the final examination. It is necessary to first take and pass the training unit on resident rights and the care of confused residents.
Step 2: Evaluate CNA Program Options
There are 100 state-approved Certified Nurse Assistant programs in Missouri that are offered in a large variety of educational facilities. They include technical centers, community colleges, technology academies, private agencies, hospitals, universities, and job training centers. They are offered in large cities and nonmetropolitan areas, so anyone interested in becoming a CNA in Missouri can find a local or nearby training program. The data is updated in August 2017.
Find Local CNA Classes in Missouri
|Arnold||Jefferson||Jefferson College - Imperial|
|Bethany||Harrison||North Central Career Center|
|Bolivar||Polk||Bolivar Technical College|
|Bonne Terre||St Francois||UniTec Career Center|
|Boonville||Cooper||Boonslick Technical Education Center|
|Brookfield||Linn||Linn County Area Career and Technical Center|
|Cape Girardeau||Cape Girardeau||Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center|
|Carrollton||Carroll||Carrollton Area Career Center|
|Carthage||Jasper||Carthage Technical Center|
|Chesterfield||St Louis||CNA Training Academy LSS Center||(314) 262-8236|
|Chillicothe||Livingston||Grand River Technical School|
|Clinton||Henry||Clinton Technical School|
|Columbia||Boone||Job Point||(573) 474-8560|
|Columbia||Boone||Columbia Area Career Center|
|Cottleville||St Charles||St Charles County Community College|
|Doniphan||Ripley||Current River Area Vocational Technical School||(573) 996-2915|
|Eldon||Miller||Eldon Career Center|
|Eolia||Pike||Pike-Lincoln Technical Center||(573) 485-2900|
|Excelsior Spring||Clay||Excelsior Springs Area Career Center|
|Fenton||St Louis||St Louis College of Health Careers|
|Florissant||St Louis City||Yeatman Community Education Center||(314) 261-8134|
|Hannibal||Marion||Moberly Area Community College|
|Hannibal||Marion||Hannibal Career and Technical Center|
|Harrisonville||Cass||Cass Career Center|
|Hayti||Pemiscot||Pemiscot County Career & Technology Center|
|Houston||Texas||Texas County Technical College|
|Independence||Jackson||MEDS-Medical Education Development and Support, Inc|
|Independence||Jackson||University of Central Missouri|
|Independence||Jackson||Metropolitan Community College - Blue River|
|Independence||Jackson||Fort Osage Career & Technical Center|
|Ironton||Iron||Arcadia Valley Career Technology Center|
|Jefferson City||Cole||Missouri Association of Nursing Home Administrators|
|Jefferson City||Cole||Nichols Career Center|
|Joplin||Jasper||Franklin Technology Center|
|Kansas City||Jackson||University of Central Missouri|
|Kansas City||Jackson||University of Central Missouri - Paseo|
|Kansas City||Jackson||Excelsior Springs Job Corp||(816) 861-2353|
|Kansas City||Jackson||Penn Valley Community College||(816) 604-4022|
|Kennett||Dunklin||Kennett Career & Technology Center|
|Kirksville||Adair||Kirksville Area Technical Center|
|Lamar||Barton||Lamar Career & Technical Center|
|Lees Summit||Jackson||Metropolitan Community College Longview|
|Lee's Summit||Jackson||Summit Technology Academy|
|Lee's Summit||Johnson||University of Central Missouri|
|Lexington||Lafayette||Lex La-Ray Technical Center|
|Louisburg||Dallas||Dallas County Career Center|
|Macon||Macon||Macon R-1 Vo-Tech School|
|Marshall||Saline||Saline County Career Center|
|Maryville||Nodaway||Northwest Technical School|
|Mexico||Audrain||Moberly Area Community College - ATC|
|Mexico||Audrain||Davis H Hart Career Center|
|Moberly||Randolph||Moberly Area Community College|
|Monett||Barry||Scott Regional Technology Center|
|Mountain Grove||Wright||Ozark Mountain Technical Center|
|Neosho||Newton||Crowder College Technical Education Center|
|Nevada||Vernon||Nevada Regional Technical Center|
|New Madrid||New Madrid||New Madrid Technical Skills Center||(573) 688-2161|
|Osage Beach||Miller||Columbia College - Lake of the Ozarks|
|Ozark||Greene||Health Systems SSI Training Center||(417) 551-7066|
|Perryville||Perry||Perryville Area Career and Technology Center|
|Platte City||Platte||Northland Career Center|
|Poplar Bluff||Butler||Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center|
|Puxico||Stoddard||Mingo Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center|
|Raytown||Jackson||Herndon Career Center|
|Raytown||Jackson||Assumpta Allied Health Career Center||(816) 737-3575|
|Reed Springs||Stone||Gibson Technical Center|
|Rolla||Phelps||Rolla Technical Institute|
|Sedalia||Pettis||State Fair Community College (Online)|
|Sikeston||Scott||Sikeston Career and Technology Center|
|Springfield||Greene||Ozarks Technical Community College|
|St Charles||St Charles||Lewis & Clark Career Center|
|St Joseph||Buchanan||Hillyard Technical Center|
|St Louis||St Louis||Clyde C Miller Career Academy|
|St Louis||St Louis||Healthcare Education, LLC|
|St Louis||St Louis||South Technical School Adult Education|
|St Louis||St Louis||St Louis Job Corps|
|St Louis||St Louis||St Louis Comm College Forest Park|
|St Louis||St Louis||Daruby School||(314) 454-6933|
|St Louis||St Louis||St Louis Community College - MET Center|
|St Louis||St Louis||St Louis College Of Health Careers/Metro|
|St Louis||St Louis City||International Institute of St Louis|
|St Louis||St Louis City||Made Whole Health Technology Service, LLC|
|St Louis||St Louis City||Walbridge Community Education Center|
|St Louis||St Louis City||BKA Medical Training Center Corp|
|Union||Franklin||East Central College|
|Vandalia||Audrain||Salt River Vocational School||(573) 594-6686|
|Warrensburg||Johnson||Warrensburg Area Career Center|
|Warrensburg||Johnson||Preferred Futures Healthcare Academy (Online)|
|Warrensburg||Johnson||University of Central Missouri|
|Waynesville||Pulaski||Waynesville Career Center|
|Webb City||Jasper||Crowder College|
|West Plains||Howell||Missouri State University|
|West Plains||Howell||South Central Career Center|
CNA Program Length
CNA classes in Missouri are structured in various ways. For example, Medical Education Development & Support, Inc. in Independence offers an eight-week CNA training program. It consists of 75 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of direct client care training. The Franklin Technology Center in Joplin offers a state-approved Certified Nurse Aide program, but it is a full semester long (approximately 12 weeks). The program also consists of 75 hours of classroom study and 100 hours of clinical training. However, the school also periodically offers a fast track session which requires a much shorter time frame to complete.
Some of the factors to consider when reviewing school or program options are:
- Ability to meet prerequisites
- Class and clinical training schedule, i.e. day or evening classes
- Length of the training program
- When the next program begins
- Program costs
Most locations in Missouri have CNA training programs offered in multiple facilities.
Step 3: Evaluate CNA Program Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees can vary widely from school to school. For example, Cox College in Springfield charges $1,600 for a six-week program which includes tuition, acceptance fee, drug screen, certification exam and criminal background check. Above and beyond this amount, the student will have to pay for textbooks, uniforms and supplies. Franklin Technology Center in Joplin charges $750 for tuition and fees. Nurse Aide students must pay separately for their uniforms, exam fees and supplies.
Some schools in Missouri offer financial aid opportunities. State Fair Community College encourages students to apply for financial aid or A+ scholarship funding. The reason is that the school offers several options they call “stackable certificates and degrees.” Students who choose the Associate of Applied Science in Health Care Specialist with Emphasis in Nurse Aide may qualify for federal and state grants and loans. The other two options are a Skills Certificate in Nurse Aide and a Professional Certificate in Nurse Aide. They are certificate programs, and only state or private funding options, like scholarships, are possible sources of funding.
Free or Low-Cost Training
Sometimes colleges partner with the state Training and Employment Agency to provide free or low-cost CNA training. For example, Saint Louis Community College-MET partnered with the Saint Louis Agency on Training and Employment to offer a no cost eight-week CNA training program. Another way to get free training is to get a job with a nursing home or long-term care facility within 12 months of completing training and passing the CNA certification exam. The employer will reimburse employees for training program costs.
In addition, a person can work in a state-approved nursing home or long-term care facility for up to four months with being certified. The employer will pay all training costs, but the person will not be able to continue working after four months until certified.
Step 4: Meet CNA Program Prerequisites
There are always prerequisites to meet in order to enroll in a CNA training program in Missouri. They will vary to some degree, but usually include the following as a minimum:
- Copy of High School diploma or transcripts, or GED document
- Be at least a certain age, i.e. 16-18 years old
- Achieve eighth-grade level on a Basic Education Skills Test
- Show proof of appropriate immunizations for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
- Show proof of vaccinations for Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- Show proof of current flu shot
- Show proof of TB test
- Pass a criminal background check
- Pass a drug test
In Missouri, a student under the age of 18 but at least 16 years old can enroll in a CNA training program only if he or she is taking a high school health occupation course and can pass a criminal background check. Otherwise Certified Nurse Assistant students must be at least 18 years old.
Step 5: Complete Missouri CNA Training
A Missouri state-approved CNA training program requires a minimum of 175 hours of attendance. There are 75 hours of classroom training and 100 hours of clinical training. The student is not considered as having completed the CNA course until a two-part examination is completed.
Didactic (classroom) and clinical training includes topics like the following:
- Infection control
- Lifting, moving and ambulation of clients
- Assisting with a bedpan, urinal, commode or toilet
- Taking and recording temperature, respiration, pulse and blood pressure
- Feeding, dressing and grooming clients
- Client safety and personal protection
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Skin care
- Assisting with range of motion to upper and lower extremities
- Bed making
- Promoting resident independence
- Resident rights
- Caring for mentally confused residents
- Legal and ethical responsibilities
- Death and dying
- Mental health and social needs of residents
Step 6: Take and Pass the CNA Certification Exam
Once the didactic and clinical training is completed, state law requires the person to take the CNA certification exam within six months of completing training. The two-part CNA exam consists of written and skills tests, and both parts must be passed. Testing is administered at approved training agencies which include nursing and long-term care facilities, vocational technical schools and community colleges. Usually, the student is able to take the final exam where training was completed.
The written part of the examination is a multiple-choice test which asks questions about theory and knowledge gained during the classroom training. There are 50 questions, and the applicant must get at least 40 out of 50 questions right (80 percent). The skills part of the examination requires the student to perform nine skills in front of an evaluator. The hands-on skills are those learned in the laboratory and clinical training sessions.
If an applicant does not pass either part of the exam, he or she is allowed to retake the part failed two more times. The retesting has to be completed within 90 days of the first failure. Otherwise, it will be necessary to retrain and take the full certification exam again.
Step 7: Get Active Nurse Assistant Registry Listing
Once a nurse aide student completes a full training course consisting of theory classes, clinical training and the two-part final exam, his or her name is sent to the Missouri State Nursing Assistant Registry by the training facility. CNA certification in Missouri is valid for two years.
How to Keep CNA Certification Active
Nursing assistants must renew CNA certification every two years (24 months) to maintain an active Registry listing. The CNA must work as a nurse aide for at least one eight-hour shift during the 24-month certification period in order to renew.
When CNA certification is inactive, the person’s name is removed from the Registry listing. If unemployed as a CNA for less than five years, the applicant can challenge the final examination. If the person passes the challenge exam, his or her name is added back to the CNA Registry. After five years of CNA unemployment, it is necessary to complete a full training course and pass the competency examination.
Salary and Job Outlook for CNAs in Missouri
The average annual salary for Certified Nurse Assistant in Missouri is $24,690 which equates to $11.87 per hour. The federal projections show an expected 10.6 percent increase in the number of CNA jobs in the state for the period 2014-2024.
Individuals who meet certification requirements can work as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) or a Patient Care Assistant (PCA). The CNA can work in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and as a private duty CNA.
CNA Salaries in Missouri
|MO CNA Salaries||Empl.||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage||Wage percent relative std. error||Hourly 10th % wage||Hourly median wage||Hourly 90th % wage||Annual 10th % wage||Annual median wage||Annual 90th % wage|
|Cape Girardeau, MO-IL||730||12.09||25140||3.6||8.67||11.42||15.42||18030||23750||32080|
|Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area||2750||10.24||21290||2.0||8.23||9.94||13.22||17130||20680||27490|
|Jefferson City, MO||1460||13.04||27120||8.0||8.56||12.95||18.11||17800||26930||37660|
|Kansas City, MO-KS||11980||12.98||27010||1.1||10.21||12.78||16.24||21240||26580||33790|
|North Missouri nonmetropolitan area||2470||10.46||21760||2.4||8.29||10.14||13.61||17240||21100||28310|
|Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area||3540||10.52||21890||4.7||8.16||9.44||13.46||16980||19630||28000|
|Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area||1010||10.66||22170||2.2||8.36||10.42||13.82||17390||21670||28750|
|St. Joseph, MO-KS||880||10.15||21110||4.8||8.09||9.43||13.43||16840||19610||27920|
|St. Louis, MO-IL||18540||12.33||25650||1.4||9.60||11.73||15.67||19960||24400||32590|