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CNA Program In Nebraska

To start up a nursing career in the state of Nebraska, one must complete 75 hours of CNA Program. The Department of Health & Human Services regulates the CNA classes in Nebraska. These classes are the stepping stone towards a lucrative CNA career. Students are required to cover the theoretical as well as clinical sections of program program, to obtain a certification.

Basic Requirements for CNA Classes in Nebraska

Students who are willing to take CNA Program programs in the state must meet the below mentioned requisites –

  • Candidate should attain the age of 16 years to get enrolled in a CNA course.
  • An aspirant must have the ability to speak, write and understand English language.
  • Student applying for nurse aide program program must be high school graduate or must hold an equivalent degree, like GED.
  • Applicant must not have been involved in acts of moral turpitude.
  • CNA aspirant should undergo a drug screening before enrolling for CNA course.
  • S/he should pass a tuberculosis test.
  • The aspiring candidates are required to submit two fingerprint cards and two passport sized photographs.
  • Proof of vaccination is required as well.
  • One must possess a valid photo ID for the state.

Time Duration and Course Fee for CNA Program in Nebraska

The CNA Program schools in Nebraska offer short term courses in affordable price. The state mandates it for every nursing aspirant to take 75 hours of program that includes both classroom lectures and clinical practices.

The cost of nurse aide program program in the state of Nebraska is in between $500 and $800. These figures fluctuate in the different institution. Besides, an additional amount of $130 is charged for the certification examination.

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Course Content for CNA in NE

Nurse aide program program covers following topics:

  • Basic body structure and function (human anatomy, physiology, and psychology)
  • Patient and hygiene grooming
  • Medical terminology
  • Correct recording of vital signs
  • Emergency procedure
  • Patients rights
  • Infection control and its prevention
  • Knowledge of client care skills

Approved CNA Classes in Nebraska

There is a broad range of nursing schools in the state of Nebraska. However, it is essential to choose an approved school for nurse aide program.  A list of approved CNA schools is given in the below table, which is approved by Nebraska board of nursing.

Name of schoolAddressContact NoFax noOfficial Website
Good Samaritan Society – Alma719 North Brown Street, Alma, NE 68920(308) 928-2128

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Central Community College – Lexington1501 Plum Creek Parkway,PO Box 827,Lexington, NE 68850-0827(308) 324-8480(308) 324-8480
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Southeast Community College4771 West Scott Road,Beatrice, NE 68310-7042(402) 228-3468, (800) 233-5027(402) 228-2218
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Nebraska Health Care Association1200 Libra Drive, Suite 100,Lincoln, NE 68512(402) 435-3551(402) 475-6289
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Bryan Health1600 South 48th Street,Lincoln, NE  68506(402) 481-1111

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Blue Valley Lutheran Homes220 Park AvenuePO Box 166,Hebron, NE 68370(402) 768-3900(402) 768-3901
Burwell High School190 Street,Burwell, NE 68823,(308) 346-4150,
Pine Ridge Job Corps15710 Highway 385,Chadron, NE 69337(308) 432-3316(308) 432-8695
Heritage Care Center909 17th Street,Fairbury, NE 68352(402) 729-2289(402) 729-5233
Midland University900 North Clarkson,Fremont, NE 68025(800) 642-8382

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Central Community College – Grand Island3134 West Highway 34, PO Box 4903, Grand Island, NE 68802-4903(308) 398-4222

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Grand Island Veterans Home301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE402-471-3121
Central Community College-Hastings550 South Technical Boulevard,PO Box 1024,Hastings, NE 68902-1024(402) 463-9811

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Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home220 Park AvenuePO Box 166,Hebron, NE 68370(402) 768-3900(402) 768-3901
Central Community College- Kearney Center3519 2nd Avenue,Kearney, NE 68847-2911(308) 338-4000

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Kimball County Manor810 East 7th Street,Kimball, NE 69145(308) 235-4693
Southeast Community College8800 O Street,Lincoln, NE 68520-1299(402) 471-3333(402) 437-2404
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Central Community College- Holdrege Center1308 2nd Street PO Box 856, Holdrege, NE 68949-0856(308) 995-8133

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Crestview Care Center1100 West First Street, Milford, NE 68405-0614(402) 761-2261
Sunrise Country ManorP.O. Box A610 224th Road,Milford, NE 68405(402) 761-3230(402) 761-3283
Northeast Nebraska Community College801 East Benjamin AvenueP.O. Box 469,Norfolk, NE 68701(402) 371-2020,

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Mid-Plains Community College1101 Halligan Drive , North Platte,  NE 69101(308) 535-3600

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Clarkson College101 South 42 Street Omaha, NE 68131(402) 552- 3100

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Metropolitan Community CollegeP.O. Box 3777Omaha, NE 68103-0777(402) 457-2400

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Nebraska Methodist College720 North 87th Street,Omaha, NE 68114(402) 354-7000

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Promise Health Care Program Center Inc.3610 Dodge Street Suite B10, Omaha, NE  68131(402) 968-4786
QLI- Tri-Dimensional Rehabilitation6404 North 7th Plaza, Omaha, NE 68104(402) 573-3700
Quality CNA/CMA LLC5437 North 103rd Street,Omaha, NE 68134(402) 609-9583

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Regional West Garden County1100 West 2nd,Oshkosh, NE 69154(308) 772-3283

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Papillion-La Vista Night School402 East Centennial Road, Papillion, NE 68046(402) 898-0400
Western Nebraska Community College1601 East 27th StreetScottsbluff, NE 69361(308) 635-3606

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Sidney Regional Medical Center—Extended Care645 Osage Street, Sidney, NE 69162(308) 254-5825
Good Samaritan Society—Syracuse1622 Walnut Street, Syracuse, NE 68446(402) 269-2251
Johnson County Central High School358 North 6th Street Tecumseh, NE  68450(402) 335-3320(402) 335-3346
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York General Hearthstone2222 North Lincoln Avenue, York, NE 68467(402) 362-6671

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Good Samaritan Society-Beatrice401 South 22nd Street, Beatrice, NE 68310(402) 228-3304
Central Community College4500 63rd StreetPO Box 1027Columbus NE 68602-1027(402) 564-7132

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Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer Public Schools810 Central Avenue, Humboldt, NE 68376(402) 862-2151
Bryan College of Health Sciences- Bryan West Campus2300 South 16th StreetLincoln, NE  68502(402) 481-1111

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Bryan College of Health Sciences- Bryan Pine Lake Campus3901 Pine Lake RoadLincoln, NE  68516(402) 481-6000

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Bryan College of Health Sciences- Bryan LifePointe Campus7501 South 27th StreetLincoln, NE  68512(402) 481-6300

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Bryan College of Health Sciences- Crete Area Medical Center2910 Betten DriveCrete, NE  68333(402) 826-2102

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Bryan College of Health Sciences- Bryan College of Health Sciences5035 Everett StreetLincoln, NE  68506(402) 481-3801

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Bryan College of Health Sciences- Bryan Urgent Care7501 South 27th Street,Lincoln, NE  68512(402) 481-6343

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Southeast Community College8800 O StreetLincoln, NE 68520-1299(402) 471-3333(402) 437-2404
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Mid-Plains Community College- McCook Community College Campus1205 East Third StreetMcCook, NE 69001308-345-8100

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Mid-Plains Community College- North Platte Community College – South Campus601 West State Farm RoadNorth Platte, NE 69101(308) 535-3600,

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Health Systems Academy/Papillion LaVista Schools420 south Washington Street, Papillion, NE-68046402-537-6200
Golden Living Center—Sidney1435 ToledoSidney, NE 69162(308) 254-4756(308) 254-3212
York General Willow Brook2714 North Lincoln Avenue, York, NE 68467(402) 362-4886

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York General West View Medical Building2319 North Lincoln Avenue, York, NE 68467(402) 362-1444

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1. Who is the regulatory body that governs Certified Nursing Assistance programs?

Answer: The Department of Health & Human Services regulates the CNA classes in Nebraska. You can contact the board on this number 402-471-3121.

2. Can I take CNA classes online?

Answer: Currently there are no authorized schools in Nebraska that offer online CNA programs.

3. I wish to become a CNA. But my financial condition doesn’t allow me to enter this program? Is there any aid available for me?

Answer:  There are a few schools in Nebraska that offer financial aid to qualified candidates. You can contact the nursing board of the state for further details.

Have you made up your mind to pursue a career in the nursing field as a certified nursing assistant, but the cost of program deters you from enrolling in the program? If so, explore schools/institutes offering free CNA Program in Nebraska or look for other ways to cover the expenses of the nurse aide education program. You need to fulfill certain requirements for accessing direct free program offered by the Workforce Investment Act and Job Corps. Low-cost nursing assistant program is offered by South East Community College, Nebraska Methodist College and Bryan College of Health Sciences.

1. Free CNA Program in Nebraska via Nursing Homes

Since there is enormous demand of CNAs in Nebraska, several long-term health care facilities and nursing homes offer nursing assistant program to the interested candidates at no cost. These nursing homes may ask you to work in their facility in exchange of program. Here is a list of nursing homes in NE that conduct or make arrangements for no cost/low-cost program for the aspirants.

Nursing HomesAddressPhone No.Fax No.Website
Countryside Home703 North Main Street,Madison, NE 68748(402) 454-3373
Jefferson Community Health CenterPO Box 277, 2200 H Street, Fairbury, NE 68352(402)729-3351
Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center145 Memorial Drive, PO Box 250,Broken Bow, NE 68822(308) 872-4100
Fremont Health450 East 23rd  Street, Fremont, NE 68025(402) 721-1610
Duff Memorial Friendship Villa1104 3rd  Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410(402) 873-3400
Elwood Care Center607 Smith Avenue,P.O. Box 315,Elwood, NE 68937(308) 785-3302
Heritage Crossings501 North 13th  Street, Geneva, NE 68361(402) 759-3194(402) 759-3140
Kimball County Manor and Assisted Living810 East 7th  Street,Kimball, Nebraska 69145(308)235-4693
Life Care Center of Elkhorn20275 Hopper Street, Elkhorn, NE 68022(402) 289-2572(402) 289-0925
Oakland Heights207 South Engdahl Avenue,Oakland, NE 68045(402) 685-5683
Skyline Retirement Community7300 Graceland Drive, Omaha, NE 68134(402) 572-5750

2. Pine Ridge Job Corps Center in Nebraska

This Job Corps center is located in the Chadron city in Dawes County of Nebraska state. The eligible students can access free program and interview skills in an institutionalized setting. Some other benefits are also available for the selected candidates including daily allowance and accommodation. Job Corps programs are available for the individuals aged between 16 and 24.

Contact Details:
Pine Ridge Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
Address: 15710 Highway 385, Chadron, NE 69337
Phone No: (308) 432-3316
Fax No: (308) 432-8695

3. Low-Cost/Free CNA Program Options

The following colleges/institutes offer free/low-cost program to the deserving students.

  • South East Community CollegeThis college is located in Lincoln, NE, and provides CNA Program course at discounted/low rates in the state. It costs just $390 including background check, tuition fee and textbooks.  Students will get 6.5 credit hours. This is one of the cheapest program options in the state.Contact Details:
    Southeast Community College – Lincoln Campus
    Address: 8800 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68520-1299
    Phone No: (402) 471-3333
    Fax No: (402) 437-2404
  • Nebraska Methodist College This is another low CNA Program option in the state. Students are required to pay only $480 including state exam fee, textbooks and tuition cost. You need to pay additional fee only for nursing scrubs.Contact Details:
    Nebraska Methodist College 
    Address: 720 North 87th Street, Omaha, NE 68114
    Phone No: (402) 354-7000
  • Bryan College of Health Sciences This is also a good option for the candidates who are seeking low-cost programs. The total program cost is approximately $499. Students are required to pay only for nursing scrubs.Contact Details:
    Bryan College of Health Sciences
    Address: 5035 Everett Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68506
    Phone No: (402) 481-3801
  • Clarkson CollegeThe Clarkson College also offers low cost short term nursing aide program course. The estimated program cost is $450 including course material, exam and textbook expenses.Contact Details:
    Clarkson College
    Address: 101 South 42 Street, Omaha, NE 68131
    Phone No: (402) 552- 3100

4. American Red Cross Society

Contact Details:
American Red Cross of Nebraska and SW Iowa
Address: 2912 South 80th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68124
Phone No: (402) 343-7700

5. Nursing Scholarships

Some scholarship programs are also available for the nursing students who reside in NE and surrounding states.

  • Nebraska Legion Auxiliary Nursing ScholarshipsThe eligible applicants are awarded the amount of $500 every year for further nursing study.  The main objective of the scholarship program is to offer financial aid to the economically weak American veterans who are studying nursing or currently enrolled in a school of nursing. Students are required to submit the complete application by deadline (March of any given year). In order to be eligible to apply for scholarship, the candidate must –
    • Be a resident of NE.
    • Be a veteran or relative of a veteran (veteran’s sibling or spouse).
    • Be enrolled in a nursing program.
    • Demonstrate the financial need.
    • Submit a complete application (incomplete application will not be considered).
    • Submit 3 letters of recommendation (from an employer or professional associate, a character witness of applicant’s choice, school principal), an essay, and a letter of acceptance.
    • Submit a transcript of high school grades.Contact Details:Department of Nebraska American Legion Auxiliary
      Address: PO Box 5227, Lincoln, Nebraska 68505
      Phone No: (402) 466-1808
      Fax No: (402) 466-0182
  • Bill and Mary Russell Health Care Scholarship ProgramThis is a joint scholarship program which is awarded by the Heartland Foundation and Voiture 130 of the 40 & 8. The fund is awarded to the financially weak students who are pursuing a course in nursing or healthcare field.The basic requisites for obtaining this scholarship are:
    • Be enrolled in an approved nursing program.
    • Be accepted for at least 12 hours of study in a healthcare program.
    • Reside in service region of Heartland Foundation in Nebraska, including Nemaha and Richardson.
    • Submit a complete application letter, an official certified transcript, cumulative GPA, proof of acceptance in an approved nursing program, and 2 letters of recommendations.
    • Submit the information about career field, degree, date of graduation, date of acceptance, name of institution in which you are enrolled, fee, volunteer information, and extracurricular activities.Contact Details:
      Heartland Foundation
      Address: 518 South 6th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501
      Phone No: (800) 447-1083
      Fax No: (816) 271-7269
  • Jerry Maki Scholarship ProgramThe scholarship program was created in 1999 and is administered through the Heartland Regional Community Foundation. The fund is awarded once every year to the poor and deprived students who are pursing career in the nursing field. This program is open to the residents of Nebraska in Nemaha and Richardson.  In order to qualify for the financial aid, the applicant must:
    • Be a resident of specific counties like Nemaha and Richardson.
    • Be enrolled in an approved nursing program.
    • Have submitted complete application and required documents by the deadline (September of any given year).


Question 1:How much does a CNA Program in Nebraska cost? Can I cover my program cost, if I choose to work with nursing homes?

Answer: You may have to spend $300 to $1000 to get trained as a certified nursing assistant in NE. Several nursing homes sponsor CNA Program, but you can take advantages of these free programs only if you agree to work with the nursing facility for a specified time period, after the completion of course.