Senior Care CNA/CHW

Minnesota will need to fill nearly 60,000 elderly-care giver and direct-care positions by 2020. Our unique 20-week CNA/CHW Training Program, with senior care focus, will give you the skills and certification to start a well-paying career in the rapidly growing caregiver marketplace. Upon graduation, you will receive dual certification as a CNA and CHW.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) assist nurses to ensure optimal patient care:
• Assist with activities of daily living
• Basic nursing skills in long-term care
• Taking blood pressure

Community Health Workers (CHW) play an integral role between the senior population and healthcare systems:
• Disease prevention and management
• Goal writing and community resource navigation

“Amazing. I could have never imagined, fresh out of school, starting my new job at HCMC and be making over $20 an hour!” -Destiny, CHW Graduate


Course Details

Weeks 1-15 Weeks 16-20
  • Basic Keyboarding Microsoft Office Suite
  • English for Healthcare 1 & 2
  • Communication and Health in Senior Care
  • Legal and Ethical Principles
  • Core Concepts in Health and Disease Management 1& 2
  • Teaching and Capacity Building Across Diverse Groups
  • Health Topics and Chronic Disease Management in the Aging Population
  • Documentation, Interviewing & Reporting
  • Working for Business Success Basics
CNA (weeks 16-18)

  • Red Cross

CHW Internship (weeks 19-20)

  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • NorthPoint Inc.
  • Ready Set Smile
  • Agape/Oasis of Love
  • Meals on Wheels

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Senior Care CNA/CHW’s work in:

• Hospitals & Clinics
• Nursing Homes
• Assisted Living Centers
• Hospices
• Health Agencies
• Personal Care Facilities

We will also provide Job Readiness Skills and help you find a job. Discover your future today at Summit Academy!


Healthcare Background Check

Background concerns are very relevant in the healthcare field and make it more difficult for you to get a job.

Background checks will be conducted
– No Felonies
– No Gross Misdemeanors


Gainful Employment Disclosure: Community Health Worker (CHW)