Nursing Assistant Training

KCC CNA students pose for a group photo during class.Kellogg Community College’s Nursing Assistant Training Program (course NURS 105) is an 80.5-hour course approved by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The training program allows and prepares students to take the Michigan Nursing Assistant Test to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). KCC offers the program throughout the year in full-semester (11-week), six-week or expedited three-week (12-day) options.

To register for Nurse Aide Training at KCC, start by setting up an appointment to meet with an academic advisor by calling 269-965-4124 or emailing [email protected]. For more information about the program, contact:

For more information about KCC’s Nursing Assistant Training Program, see:

Transfer Opportunities

While KCC’s Nursing Assistant Training Program isn’t specifically designed for transfer to another institution, students who complete the program may elect to continue their professional development by entering a variety of health care programs, including nursing. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment to plot a personal academic plan.

Nursing Assistant Careers

After completing KCC’s Nursing Assistant Training Program and passing the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination, CNAs are eligible to work in various health care settings, including adult foster care facilities, community health centers, home health agencies, hospice senior living centers, hospitals, long-term care facilities (nursing homes) and primary care agencies.

With additional education, a nursing assistant could pursue advanced health care careers to become a:

  • Dental hygienist
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)/Paramedic
  • Magnetic resonance imaging technologist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Occupational therapist assistant
  • Physical therapist assistant
  • Physician assistant
  • Radiographer
  • Registered nurse (RN)

Why Study Nursing Assistant Training at KCC?

KCC’s Nursing Assistant Training Program is student-centered and offers a variety of class schedules at KCC campus locations in Battle Creek as well as at KCC regional centers in Albion and Coldwater. Employers consistently look to KCC’s Nursing Assistant Program to help them fill available nursing assistant and home health aide positions.

The Nursing Assistant Training Program consists of classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction with an emphasis on long-term care and the integration of concepts from acute care and home health care. Classroom hours focus on theory, while laboratory hours focus on the attainment of skills that are necessary for the nursing assistant to possess. Clinical hours focus on implementing skills obtained in the laboratory and take place in a long-term care setting.

Program Options

KCC’s Nursing Assistant Training Program is offered at these KCC locations at KCC’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek as well as at KCC’s Eastern Academic Center in Albion and Grahl Center in Coldwater. Training options include:

  • 12-day option, Mondays through Thursdays for three weeks, offered during KCC’s fall, spring and summer semesters
  • 12-evening option, Mondays through Thursdays for three weeks, offered during KCC’s fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Full-semester option, including two shortened day or evening sessions per week over the course of a full semester

High School Dual-Enrollment

KCC’s Nursing Assistant Training Program is eligible for high schoolers interested in dual-enrollment, meaning qualified high school students can take the training while still in high school. For more information, interested high school students or their parents should speak with their high school counselors, or contact KCC’s Admissions office at [email protected] or 269-965-4153 .

CNA Certification

In addition to offering Nursing Assistant Training, KCC also is a regional test site for Michigan Nurse Assistant Testing. This is the examination that individuals who have completed their clinical skills training must take to become certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Applications to test are processed and scheduled through Headmaster. Testing information can be found on the Headmaster website

Students who complete the Nursing Assistant Training Program at KCC may be eligible for KCC’s Nurse Aide Certification Testing Scholarship to cover testing fees. Click through the link for more information or contact the KCC Foundation at 269-965-4161.