Certified Nursing Assistants

One of the most in-demand jobs in Kentucky right now is a certified nursing assistant (CNA), also known as a Medicaid nurse aid. There are more than 1,750 openings for CNAs in the Commonwealth each year. CNAs work under the nursing staff at hospitals, senior living facilities and other health care organizations, where they feed, bathe, and move patients, and perform other duties such as taking and recording vital statistics.

Click here to view a job profile of a certified nursing assistant

Becoming a CNA can lead to a lifelong career path in nursing. After certification, many CNAs go on to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or registered nurses (RNs). In the video below, Larae Wilson of St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead discusses the “springboard” opportunity that being a CNA provides.

Schools that offer certifications for this rewarding career through the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship include:

Hopkinsville Community & Technical College

Jefferson Community & Technical College

Madisonville Community College

Maysville Community & Technical College

Owensboro Community & Technical College

Somerset Community College

Southcentral Community & Technical College

Southeast Community & Technical College

West Kentucky Community & Technical College