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Basic Nursing Assistant


Registration is closed for fall. Spring information will be posted mid-October.

Are you interested in becoming a basic nursing assistant? Maybe you want to go on to receive your degree in nursing or allied health? If you're interested in entering the healthcare field, the basic nursing assistant course teaches the skills you need.

With successful completion of this course and the competency examinations (written and skills examinations), you are eligible for placement on the State of Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry. Successful completion also fulfills the nursing assistant requirement for Bryan College of Health Sciences nursing and health professions programs.

You may be eligible for a scholarship for the BNA course.

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Course Description

The Basic Nursing Assistant Course trains non-licensed individuals to provide safe, effective and caring services to patients, residents and clients in a variety of healthcare settings. Class participants learn basic nursing skills such as:

  • Bathing
  • Feeding
  • Toileting
  • Walking and moving a patient

The course is taught by Bryan College of Health Sciences faculty and approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure.

Course Options

The course provides a minimum of 76 theory and clinical hours. This meets the state and federal requirements for nursing assistant training courses. The course is taken as a non-credit course.

Students taking this course will receive a certificate of completion.

Dates and times vary for the course. Please see the link below for information.

Hastings location students: Central Community College in Hastings is our preferred partner for obtaining the CNA certification.  Please see Dr. Kappler for registration information.

Course Attendance, Information and Costs


The first session of class is mandatory. Attendance at all classroom and clinical activities is expected and absences must be made up. Excessive absences may result in dismissal from the course.


Tuition for the course is $500, which includes:

  • Student manual
  • Student workbook
  • $50.00 non-refundable deposit which is due at the time of registration
  • Deposit will be applied towards tuition upon attendance in class.

Billing will follow the Tuition Collection and Payment Policy as stated in the Undergraduate College Catalog. Tuition and tuition refunds will follow the Tuition Refund Policy and Schedule as stated in the Undergraduate College Catalog. Participants will be charged an additional per hour fee for each hour of class make up required. The certificate of completion will be held until all fees are paid.


Participants are required to dress in a uniform and have a watch with a second hand for clinical days.

Background Checks

As a part of the registration process for the Basic Nursing Assistant Course, completion of the following documents is required:

  • Authorization and Disclosure Form for Criminal Background Check
  • Nebraska Health and Human Services Abuse Registry Form

If the background check indicates criminal/abuse behavior, the student may be dismissed from the course. Students may have the opportunity to present information to dispute the background check. For questions or concerns, refer to the Criminal Background Check Policy in the Student Handbook or contact the Dean of Students at 402-481-3804.

Course Prerequisites

Health screening and immunization requirement must be provided upon registration. Failure to submit documentation prior to clinical experience will result in inability to complete the course. Acceptable documentation includes photocopies of medical records, immunization record or the College documentation form signed by a healthcare provider.

  • Tuberculosis (TB) screening (within 6 months of course start date)
  • Seasonal Influenza vaccination per Bryan Health’s policy
  • COVID 19 vaccination per Bryan Health's policy

Students must be able to provide safe patient care and meet the basic requirements and abilities as outlined by Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Nebraska Nurse Aid Registry Requirements

To qualify for placement on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry an individual must:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age
  2. Be able to speak and understand the English language
  3. Successfully complete, within 120 days of employment, a state approved 75 hour nurse aide training and competency evaluation program or 21 hour basic resident care course for intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled
  4. Cannot have been convicted of a crime rationally related to the role of a nurse aide involving moral turpitude. (Moral turpitude has been defined as an act or behavior that violates accepted moral standards and in legal terms means anything done contrary to justice, honesty, modesty, good morals and with the intent to defraud.)

Learn more about the Nebraska Nurse Aid Registry Requirements.

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