Frequently asked Questions
about the Tri-State Nursing CNA Classes

What is a CNA?
CNA stands for Certified Nursing Assistant

What does a CNA do?
A certified nursing assistant’s (CNA) main role is to provide basic care to patients, as well as assist them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own. Because of the personal nature of the job, a certified nursing assistant job description must include people skills and the ability to be compassionate and enjoy helping others. In nursing or long-term care facilities, a CNA is often a patient’s main caregiver.

  • Serve meals and help patients eat
  • Take vital signs
  • Turn or reposition patients who are bedridden
  • Collect information about conditions and treatment plans from caregivers, nurses and doctors
  • Provide and empty bedpans
  • Lift patients into beds, wheelchairs, exam tables, etc.
  • Answer patient calls
  • Examine patients for bruises, blood in urine or other injuries/wounds
  • Clean and sanitize patient areas
  • Change bed sheets and restock rooms with necessary supplies
  • Bath and dress patients 

How much does the CNA Class cost?
$650.00 due before or on the morning of the 1st class. We do accept Credit Cards and checks.
$30 of that amount is for the background check, that is due 15 days of days prior to beginning of class.
(The state of IA mandates that 30 days prior to clinicals that the background be initiated which is at the end of the 1st 2 weeks of classroom instruction)
The $30 fee is deducted from the $650 amount.
* In some cases of If you are confident that there is nothing on your record you start background later, but it is not recommended. You can discuss your special circumstance with the front desk person.

Is there a background check done?
Yes, there is one for the state of Iowa.

How far back do they go?
to the age of 18.
What are they looking for: Adult and Child abuse
                                            Sex offenses
                                            Criminal offenses (being arrested, not parking or speeding tickets)

Am I automatically disqualified if I have something on my record.
No, you will have the opportunity to respond in writing explaining the offense and it will go to the state of Iowa. They will then review your appeal and make a determination of yes or no.

What is included in the $650.00?
-TB and Physical (Blood Pressure & a Questionnaire).
-Mandatory Reporting Certificate
-First Initial State Testing

What do I need to do to get enrolled into class?
you can either print off the enrollment papers (Click HERE to download the registration form) fill them out and bring them in or fax them or email them to me.  You can also stop into our office and complete them here and the front desk person will you put on the roster.

What are the hours of the CNA Class?
Monday thru Friday, 8:30am - 2:30pm

Are night classes available?
Not at this time.

How Long are the Classes?
3 weeks (2 weeks are classroom work and labs, the last week are clinicals)

Why only three weeks?
Because these are condensed classes, they contain a lot of information and that is why it is so
important to not miss any time. 7 hours are allowed for emergencies but appointments and late starts are highly discouraged during this time.
This course is a 75 hour course as mandated by State Law. (OBRA) (Omnibus Budget reconciliation Act)

Am I allowed to make up time?
It is up to the discretion of the teacher as time allows.

What about snow or weather delays?
We go by the Sioux City Schools cancellation policies (if Sioux City Schools are 2 hours late or cancel then we are 2 hours late or cancel). This may be up at the discretion of the Instructor to change but you will be notified in advance if so. 
*Hours will need to be made up at the discretion of the Instructor.
*Class day may be extended or offered on a Saturday.

What do I need to bring to class?
A notebook and pen or pencil to take notes and a binder or folder to hold handouts.

What do I wear to class? Do I need Scrubs?
Yes, Scrubs are required to be worn first week (but they can have a few days to get them it they don’t have them)

Where can I buy scrubs? Walmart or Trademark Uniforms Inc. Located near Mr stir fry, Hobby Lobby area in Southern Square in Sioux City.

You will need tennis shoes, any color will do for class, but when you go and take state testing they do need to be completely white.
One place that has them is “Shoe Carnival in Sioux City.

You will need a watch with a second hand (the hand that counts the seconds of a minute) for third week of class.

Where are the classes held?
Tristate Nursing Building (last door down)  3100 S.Lakeport Sioux City Iowa

What is a Clinical?
This is putting your schooling to use in a real world setting. Hands on skills with real patients to give you the confidence when staring work with a new employer.

Where are the Clinicals at?
We use local facilities in Sioux City, Iowa.

What are the hours of Clinicals?
6:00am-12:30pm during the 3rd week.

What is the State Test
Written and real life skills testing

Where is the State Testing Done?
WITCC or Sheldon Community College

What if I don't pass the State Test?
The State test is included in your $650 dollar cost.
If you don't pass the first time you are then responsible to schedule the next test on your own at your own cost of up to $120.
You have 2 additional attempts available at your own cost of up to $120 after the first test.
If you don't pass the tests you will have to take a refresher course or retake the CNA class again at your own cost.
Tri-State Nursing does not offer a refresher course at this time.

 Do we provide financial assistance?
Tri-State does provide financial assistance, but there are organizations that may help.
You would have to call and ask them if they do.  Here are their names:
-Iowa Workforce 712-233-9030
-Job training partners 712-274-8733 ext 6401
-Boost 712-224-2166
-Promise Jobs 712-274-8733
-Women Aware 712-258-4174
If you are working for a facility (hospital or long term care facility they may pay for your training).

If you have other questions
please call 712-277-4442