For anyone looking for a new career or who wants to work in the healthcare industry, in particular with our aging and disabled population, Flathead Valley Community College’s Nurse’s Aide Training course enables students to obtain a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) License in as little as four weeks.

Approved by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, FVCC’s Nurse’s Aide Training course prepares students to enter the workforce as entry-level nursing assistants. Through hands-on clinical training, the intensive course teaches students the skills and applications required to address the needs of chronically-ill patients in long-term care facilities.  Students also gain understanding of basic medical terminology, basic human anatomy and physiology and the aging process.

CNAs work with elderly, physically or mentally disabled clients. For this reason, applicants should have a desire to help people and a willingness to work hard. Applicants should be responsible, compassionate, patient, emotionally stable and cheerful. In addition, tact, honesty and discretion are necessary to comply with regulations concerning patient confidentiality.

At the end of the course, students are given the CNA test approved by the state of Montana.  Students who pass the test will obtain their CNA licenses and become certified and eligible to work in assisted living facilities.

Course Outcomes:

  • Students completing Nurse’s Aide Training will perform the entry-level duties of a Certified Nurse Assistant following the guidelines established by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
  • At the conclusion of the course, students will take the Montana State Certified Nurse Aide Test.  There are two parts to the test—a multiple-choice written/oral test and a skill test.  Candidates must pass both parts of the test to be certified and listed on the Montana Nurse Aide Registry.
  • Students will be qualified to apply for CNA positions advertised at long-term care and other facilities once state certification is completed.
For general information, contact:
Cathy Fabel, Nursing Program Assistant
BC 102
(406) 756-3385
Learning Center Advisors
(406) 756-3880
Course Requirements:

  • Proof of completion of required immunizations

  • Successful completion of a background check from an approved vendor along with signature of nursing office staff

  • Must be 18 years of age by the end of the course

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

  • Payment of 1/2 tuition and fees at the time of registration

  • Attendance in all classes

  • Free of active tuberculosis as proven by either a negative TB test or chest x-ray prior to first day of class

  • Evidence of the following immunizations:

    • MMR ( measles, mumps and rubella)

    • Varicella (chickenpox) or proof of immunization or titer or documentation of disease by health care provider

    • Hepatitis B (at least first HepB dose of vaccination to show series in progress); If series of vaccinations has been completed, a hepatitis titer is required.

    • Tdap (tetanus/pertussis) – whooping cough; only one adult dose needed

    • Copies of immunization records from schools are acceptable; if an individual does not have these immunizations, he/she may receive them at the Flathead City-County Health Department; it also is possible to prove immunity by having a blood sample taken and laboratory testing completed.