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MLK Campus: (210) 486-2330
Location: Center for Learning Resources (CLR)

SWC Campus: (210) 486-7023
Location: Building 1-C123



Receive training for a high-demand career in healthcare...

This is a 108-hour course that includes lecture and clinical components, and prepares students to take the state of Texas examination to become a Certified Nurse Aide by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. This program prepares students to become entry-level nursing assistants by achieving a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide safe care to the residents of long term care facilities/nursing homes. Some of the topics include: patient comfort and safety, range of motion for long term care residents, communication skills, basic nursing skills, residents’ rights, etc. This training program is licensed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.


  • The first course (68 hours lecture) is $535
  • The second course (40 hours of clinicals) is $498
  • Tuition for program (lecture+clinical) is $991 (this does not include textbooks, scrubs, or other supplies)
  • Financial aid is available in the form of a TPEG-CE Grant, and you can apply at The TPEG-CE Grant will only cover the tuition cost; it does not pay for books, scrubs, immunizations, background check, or other class supplies
  • Additional Costs (these ESTIMATED costs are in addition to the $1,033.00 course tuition and are subject to change. Financial aid does not assist with these costs):
  • Textbook - $34.13 Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care Long Term Care 3rd Edition by Susan Alvare Hedman, Jetta Fuzy, Suzanne Rymer,  ISBN 978-1-60425-041-1.
  • Scrubs - $20
  • Criminal background check - $48.50
  • Immunizations - varies anywhere from $0 up to $500 depending on which shots you need, what clinic you go to, and/or if you have health insurance. Immunizations Brochure  
  • Watch with a second hand - $10
  • Alamo Colleges parking permit - $50
  • Closed-toe athletic style shoe - $40

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All day time classes are held from 8:30-12:30p.m (Monday-Thursday)

All night time classes are held from 6-9pm (Monday-Thursday)


  • You must first apply and be accepted into the CNA program. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION PACKET
  • You must be free of communicable diseases and in suitable physical/emotional health to safely care for patients.
  • You must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English.
  • You must be able to perform the essential physical functions of the course (able to lift/carry at least 50 lbs; able to sit, stand, walk, bend and balance independently; visual acuity).
  • You must not currently be listed on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry in revoked status.
  • You must not be listed on the Employee Misconduct Registry.
  • You must obtain proof of required immunizations. (see the list of immunizations on the application packet)
  • You must be free of previous felony convictions, which will be confirmed via the submission of a criminal background check. The background check is due two weeks prior the start of clinicals, but can be submitted up front. Visit to initiate your background check.
  • You must complete the mandatory online student orientation and submit your completion certificate with your application.

How to Apply:

  • First, we suggest that you view the 'Is CNA the Right Job for You?' resource so you can find out more about being a CNA, and if the job is in line with your goals.
  • You must submit a complete application packet, and receive a formal acceptance letter from us before being allowed to register for this class.
  • Obtain the application packet, and fill out the Application for Admission form.
  • Gather your shot records, showing that you've received all of the required immunizations. (You can get your immunization record from your family physician, county health department, your high school, military training institutes, or other similar groups)
  • Complete the mandatory online student orientation and print out the completion certificate to attach to your application.
  • Make a copy of your picture ID and Social Security Card and attach to your application.
  • Once your Application for Admission is filled out, and you have obtained ALL of the required immunizations, and have attached all other required documentation, you can submit your application via mail, in person, or by fax.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Your criminal background check is due two prior to the start of clinicals, but can be submitted up front if you desire.

Student Orientation:

Each student applying to the Certified Nurse Aide program must complete the mandatory online orientation. The presentation covers topics such as financial aid, training content, classroom policies, attendance requirements, dress code, state testing, and much more. Upon completion of the orientation, you will print out the completion certificate and attach it your application. Applications submitted without proof of completion of the orientation will be denied.

Contact Information

Registration Specialists
Office: Palo Alto College
Palomino Center 103 

David Rutkoski
Program Manager
Phone: 210-486-3411
Office: Palo Alto College
Sabine Hall Room 115

Angela Garcia
Admin. Service Specialist
Phone: 210-486-3325
Office: Palo Alto College
Sabine Hall Room 101