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Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Program Overview

East Troy High School is excited to offer the opportunity for our students to earn their Nursing Assistant technical diploma and prepare to become a certified nursing assistant with Gateway’s High School Contract for Service partnership!


What is a certified nursing assistant (CNA)?

CNAs are entry-level caregivers that work in a variety of settings, ranging from in-home care to healthcare facilities. They provide personal and daily assistance to clients and work under the supervision of licensed medical professionals – most often registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. As a CNA, your job is vital to communicating client concerns and ensuring consistency of care.

How does the program work?

East Troy High School contracts with Gateway to offer courses at the high school. The program includes a combination of lecture, lab, and clinical coursework over the span of 75 hours. 

Enrollment Process

To enroll in the program, students must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age

  • Have an excellent attendance record

  • Complete admissions requirements for the Nursing Assistant technical diploma and be compliant with clinical clearance requirements


What are the required admissions steps for Nursing Assistant?

  • There are two application periods per year, every March 1 (for the fall semester) and October 1 (for the spring semester).  These are firm deadlines.  Seats are limited and admission will be based on the waitlist if the class exceeds 10 applicants.

  • Students must submit an application and pay a $30 fee.

  • Students must complete a reading placement assessment with a min. score of 237; or minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.6 (unweighted); or earned at least 12 college credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

  • Students must complete a Background Disclosure form and must request and pay for a background check. 


The Nursing Assistant program requires a clinical component for graduation. Each clinical placement has site-specific requirements which may include COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Who Covers the Costs?
  • East Troy High School covers the cost of tuition and fees, lab supplies, student accident insurance, and textbooks.

  • Students will be required to pay for Criminal Background Check, Medical Document Manager, clinical supplies, and testing.  

How to Get Started
  1. Get an application from the Counseling Office.  It's important that you read and understand the requirement to be eligible for this program.

  2. Complete the paperwork and turn it back in by March 1 (Fall session) or October 1 (Spring session).

  3. Complete a background check using the following link: 

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