CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Class Tennessee

Course Overview & Intended Audience

The MSHA Nurse Aide Training Program will present the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of federal and state requirements.  Participants who successfully complete the course will meet criteria to sit for the state certification examination.

The Tennessee course includes 60 hours of classroom participation followed by 40 hours of clinical experience.  The Virginia course includes 80 hours of classroom participation followed by 40 hours of clinical experience. 

Course Requirements

  • At Least 18 Years of Age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Completion of the MSHA Pre-Course On-Line Assessment 
  • Completion of criminal/health-related board background check 

All Requirements MUST BE MET to be Accepted into Class


Each class has a maximum of 40 students accepted to class.  If more than 40 applicants meet the minimum requirements listed above, the 40 applicants with the top score on the on-line assessment will be selected to attend class.  Completion of the minimum requirements is NOT an automatic acceptance into class.  You must wait for the email stating you are accepted to class.

Course Length

This course contains 60 hours classroom time with 40 hours supervised clinical time to follow. Evening and daytime courses are offered. Please check the course schedule for upcoming classes.

2014 Schedules -  

    • October 6 - November 16, 2014:  Day class/hours:  8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Thursday for 3 weeks*, followed by 40 hours of clinical (clinical schedules will vary according to the number of students/instructors per class)

Course Schedule Information

There is no charge for the class itself; however fees are associated with:

  • Books
  • State Testing Fee
  • CPR Card (American Heart Association:  Health Care Provider Course)
  • Personal Liability Insurance 
  • Background Check
  • Personal student liability insurance
Books and State Testing fees must be paid to MSHA via online payment prior to the first day of class AFTER you have received acceptance into class. (Total of $140.00)


Do I have to sign a contract with  MSHA for taking the class? 

It is not required to sign a contract at this time. MSHA would welcome the opportunity to discuss job opportunities, however a position with MSHA is not guaranteed upon completion of the program. Feel free to call the toll-free recruitment line at 1 (866) 894-7761 to speak with one of our recruiters about available job opportunities at Mountain States. Students will have the opportunity to apply for vacant CNA positions after completing this course.  **Please note that effective 3/1/2013 tobacco users are not eligible for employment with MSHA facilities**

To apply for a CNA Class 

Click on the link below to complete the online application.  When application has been received you will be sent an email acknowledgement with instruction on how to complete the pre-course online assessment .


CNA Application

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Complete the online pre-course assessment
  3. Wait for the email instructions to complete the background check.
  4. Complete the background check online as instructed
  5. Wait for email for acceptance and instructions for payment of fees, etc.

For more information email CNA


Goals & Objectives

  • Safely provide basic hygiene and personal care needs of long term care and hospitalized patients.
  • Demonstrate safe effective infection control practices with particular attention to the diseases of AIDS and Bloodborne Pathogens.
  • Demonstrates competency in assisting the patient/resident in elimination activities being mindful to provide for patient/resident dignity.
  • Discuss role of CNA in skin care activities with special focus on the prevention of integumentary breakdown.
  • Competently perform vital signs and distinguish normal and abnormal.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of pain being the 5th vital sign and discuss different pain management techniques and the importance of effectively controlling pain.
  • Prevent injury by utilizing proper body mechanics in all work activities with emphasis on safely moving and positioning residents/patients.
  • Properly demonstrate care and use of assistive, orthotic and prosthetic devices.
  • Define the role of the CNA and demonstrate specific performance skills in a safe and organized manner, providing competent care associated with the CNA scope and standards of care as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Document in clinical record, describing accurately specific tasks performed with patient response.
  • Describe functions associated with each of the following systems in regard to disease management and the aging process: Integumentary, Musculoskeletal, Digestive, Cardiovascular, Urinary, and Nervous systems.
  • Identify importance of Nutrition, demonstrating proper feeding techniques and incorporating strategies for promoting good dietary health.
  • Demonstrate care of the terminally ill patient and learn techniques used to better understand and respond to the dying process.
  • Discuss care of the pre and post-operative patient.
  • Demonstrate the CNA’s role in assisting to making the admission, transfer and discharge process a smooth transition for the patient/resident and care team.
  • Communicate and effectively manage conflict with staff, patient, patient’s family, and visitors.
  • Discuss patient’s rights, demonstrating the understanding of the uniqueness of the individual in regard to physical, cultural and psychological traits.
  • Provide care that fosters promoting quality of life to the highest level attainable for the patient/resident.
  • Attain AHA certification, including understanding and skills demonstration of CPR and FBAO for adults, pediatrics and infants.
  • Validate understanding of basic medical terminology and common medical abbreviations.
  • Verbalize knowledge of emergency codes and the CNA’s response to these codes in providing for patient/resident safety.
  • List and define the roles of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Describe a long term care facility and discuss the reasons why people are admitted to long term care.
  • Verbalize understanding of patient/resident individuality; including defining values, cultural, and ethnical diversity
  • Participate in loving care and explain the importance of the family and their impact in caring for the patient/resident.
  • Incorporate positive effective communication techniques while coordinating the care of the resident.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and care giver strain and discuss the importance of following correct procedures in reporting.
  • Discuss patient safety issues and provide examples of alternatives to the use of restraints.
  • Competently provide care for the cognitively impaired resident by seeking to understand behavior and responding appropriately with care methods that reduce effects of impairment.

Category Class
Date 6/16/2014
Location Room see "Course Schedule Additional Information"
Reply Method online application (see above link)