In the state of Hawaii, nursing homes, community colleges and other long-term residential health centers offer certified nursing assistant training programs at little or no cost with the possibility of employment upon successful completion of the program. As well, the American Red Cross provides low cost training and testing, something which is helpful if there are inadequate financial resources for prospective students. To learn more about free or low cost training in Hawaii, students should contact the local American Red Cross as well as local nursing homes.
Free Training Opportunities:
The University of Hawaiʻi
The Hana Pathways program offered by the University of Hawaiʻi provides free job training and certifications. Those who meet the eligibility criteria can receive financial assistance for tuition fees, course materials, and industry certification exams.
Kristie Doss-Ching, a participant in the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training program, shared that she and her classmates were able to secure job offers even before completing the program. Doss-Ching had previously worked in hospitality for over 30 years but was furloughed due to COVID-19. Recognizing the growing demand for healthcare professionals, she saw the training program as an opportunity to acquire new skills and pursue a career in the field. Link: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2022/07/24/free-job-trainings-certifications-hana-pathways/
Windward Community College
The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program is available at Windward Community College, which serves as a nursing pathway for LPN, RN, or the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)– Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing at UH West O‘ahu. The program requires completion of the following courses to earn 7-credits: Interested individuals can reach out to Jamie Kamailani Boyd, PhD, FNP at wccCNA@hawaii.edu for more details.
Free Training via Community Colleges in Hawaii:
Leeward Community College – 96-045 Ala Ike, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782 | (808) 455-0011
The Leeward Community College Nurses Aid program is an intensive hands-on training that prepares you to pass the American Red Cross Competency Evaluation Examination for state certification. It is a 150 hour, 10 credit hour course. Sessions meet during the day and the estimated cost of the program is $1695 which includes coursework, uniforms and text books. They do offer financial aid to pay for classes if you satisfy their eligibility criteria, for more info on this you can contact them on (808) 455-0606
Kapiolani Community College – 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
The Kapiolani Community College Nurse Aide training program is a 150 hour, 6 credit or non-credit course. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the American Red Cross nurse aide certification examination to become a CNA. Estimated cost of the program is $553 to be paid at time of registration. Additional fees are required for text books and module lecture notes, approximately $100. Other student course related supplies are expected to be purchased by the student. For more information on this program, call 808.734.9305. for Financial Aid Eligibility at KCC visit this link for more information: http://kapiolani.hawaii.edu/object/finaid.html
Free Training via Job Corps:
Hawaii – 41-467 Hihimanu Street Waimanalo, HI 96795 | Tel: (808) 259-6070 | Fax: (808) 259-7907
CNA Certification Information
It is important to understand your states requirements for becoming a certified nurse assistant prior to entering a program. The State of Hawaii requires all applicants to sit for the Nurse Assistant Competency Exam. Prior to taking this exam, students must complete a minimum of 100 hours in a training program at a state-approved Nurse Assistant Training School. A minimum of 70 of these hours are required for lecture/lab work and a minimum of 30 hours are to be performed in a supervised clinical setting such as a skilled nursing facility or lab setting. This experience is necessary to completion of the program.
The American Red Cross administers the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Exam for the State of Hawaii. They provide on a regular basis scheduled testing dates statewide at various locations conveniently placed throughout the state. The Red Cross also enters into agreements with facilities and other training programs to provide group testing in their own training facility.
The State approved competency exam consists of 2 parts, the skills and the written part. The test can be completed in a day and the candidate has to finish the skills portion of the exam and pass it before he /she can take the written exam where they have to score a minimum of 70% to qualify to get certified and work as a CNA. once you’ve passed both parts of the exam expect your certificate by mail within 10 days.
Reciprocity certification shall be granted to a qualified nurse aide from another state whose requirements are comparable to the certification requirements of this sub chapter.
CNA Training in Hawaii
Individuals can become a certified nursing assistant in the state of Hawaii upon successful completion of state approved course work and certification exam at an approved testing site. Training programs will adequately prepare students to sit for this exam. All programs are 100 hours and range from 4 weeks to a full semester in length. The cost of these programs is between $500 and $1700, though some long-term care facilities offer free training programs. Payment plans are available colleges and technical schools. In some locations that offer free training, students may receive payment during the clinical portion of the program with an established commitment to that facility. Below is a list of approved CNA programs in the state of Hawaii:
Healthcare School of Hawaii – 98-025 Hekaha Street, Suite # 4, Aiea, HI 96701
The Healthcare School of Hawaii CNA training course includes 84 hours of classroom instruction and 18 hours of clinical experience in a nursing home for a total of 102 hours. Classes meet three times a week for 4 hours. Classroom time includes skills training and vital signs practice sessions. Supervised clinical practice is on weekends or weekdays at a nursing home contracted by HSCH. The total estimated cost of the program is $750 with additional fees for additional course related supplies and materials. For more information on this program, call (808) 488-9449.
CNA Training International – 319 North Cane Street, Suite # B, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
CNA Training International offers a 150-hour CNA training program consisting of a 4-6 week course. When students have completed classroom and clinical training, they must pass state-required exams in order to become a licensed CNA. Classes meet conveniently during day and evening hours. The total estimated cost of the program is $1200 including tuition and class related supplies. Training locations include Wahiawa and Aiea. For more information on this program, call 808-352-7019.
CareGiver Training School Corporation CNA Course – 1320 Kalani Street, Suite # 288, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
The CareGiver Training School CNA program consists of lectures , skills, videos, and student hands-on participation exercises. Each class is a 104 hour course. Through lectures, videos and hands-on participation exercises, students will be provided the basic techniques in patient care. Simulated skill sessions allow students to practice with classmates and manikins. Classes meet conveniently during day for 13 days and during the evening for 4 weeks. A weekend option is also available for 7 weekends. The estimated total cost of the program is $800 and includes classroom Instruction, Hands-on Training, Pre-Certification Review and Skill Assessment Testing. Also included is the uniform and other course related supplies. For more information on this program, call (808) 848-9988.
The American Red Cross – 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816-4417
The red cross in Hawaii offers a 130 hrs training program to become a CNA. the program has a minimum of 70 hours of lectures and in-class assignments and another 30 hrs of hands on training after which you shall be eligible to take the state approved exam. The cost of this program is $1250 which does not include the fees for the final exams. Classes are currently offered in Oahu, Hilo Kona Maui and Kauai. For more details on this program, call (808) 734-2101.
The American Red Cross – The course was very thorough and we were allowed to participate in several hands-on activities. No name is better trusted than The American Red Cross! They also hold special job fairs at the American Red Cross for graduates and current CNA students too.
Healthcare School of Hawaii – The teachers are wonderful, affordable fees and great instructors too.
Caregiver Training School – Its a great school with amazing staff, they also offer a variety of different certificate programs and the location of the college is very interesting. If you wish to get lunch, there’s a place quite nearby so you won’t have to worry about getting to class on time.
LICENSE TRANSFER FROM ANOTHER STATE TO HAWAII.
If you already hold an active nursing assistant certification in another state, you can apply to transfer that certification to Hawaii. You will be required to have completed a state-approved program and verify that you passed the certification exam.
It will also be essential to provide documentation that you have worked in your home state as a nursing assistant.
Steps for Reciprocity:
- Complete the application form. Provide Prometric with a copy of your current CNA certificate, which must include an expiration date and the name of the state you are transferring from.
- Mail all completed application materials to Prometric located at: Prometric – HI Certified Nurse Aide Program
354 Uluniu Street, Suite 308
Kailua, HI 96734
LICENSE TRANSFER FROM HAWAII TO ANOTHER STATE.
- Complete an application for a new CNA license for the state you are moving to.
- Submit a current and active official copy of your CNA license from your current state.
- Provide proof of continuous employment as a CNA from your employer in your current state.
- Submit a form for criminal background check.
CNA SALARY INFORMATION – HAWAII.
The average Certified Nursing Assistant salary in Hawaii ranges between $32,000 and $39,000.
There is great job opportunities for all nursing assistants in Hawaii since the state is facing a constant rise in elderly people.
CNA TRAINING FAQs.
How long is the CNA training program? The CNA training program is 7 weeks long out of which the first five weeks include classroom-based training i.e. lectures, book work, etc. and the last two weeks are where students get actual hands-on experience at a local nursing home facility.
How do I pay for the program? Payments need to be made at the front desk of the Office of Continuing and Community Education located at the school campus. Payment can be made in cash, check or credit/debit card.
Why should I consider becoming a CNA? Jobs in healthcare and social assistance are expected to have the fastest growth rate in the next 10 years. This increase in the demand for healthcare workers is primarily the result of a growing and aging population. The job opportunity is great and is to increase in the coming years!
How do I go about becoming a CNA?
You will need to follow certain requirements in order to become a CNA in Hawaii. First, apply for and complete a 105-hour state approved Nurse Aide Training program and successfully complete both the skills and competency evaluation.
How much is Hawaii CNA reciprocity?
Reciprocity candidates pay approximately $25 which can be paid by a certified check or credit card.
What is the salary for CNAs in Hawaii?
For CNAs in Hawaii, the average annual salary is approximately $36,000 as of 2022. Salaries vary widely depending on what city you’re working in as well as your certification and any additional skills.