CNA Classes

CNA classes are offered year round in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Osseo, Bloomer, and Rice Lake.

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Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Enroll in our 75-hour, state-approved Nurse Aide Training Program to launch your career in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant.

COVID-19 Vaccine: All Dove Healthcare locations encourage, but do not require the vaccine at this time.

CNA Course Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Class size is limited to sixteen students.
  • Attendance is mandatory for all 75 hours of class.
  • Scrubs of any color and clean, comfortable healthcare-appropriate footwear (no Crocs or open-toed shoes) are required for all classes.
  • Must have a watch with a second hand on it.
  • Administration reserves the right to remove any student due to misconduct of any kind.


As a student of our course, you will be able to test in the familiar surroundings of our care center, rather than an unfamiliar regional testing site. We also offer practice sessions prior to the test to help ensure you understand the correct performance of skills and to help relieve any test-related anxiety you may be experiencing. After successfully completing the course, you will be eligible to take the state exam at an additional cost of $125 (no fee for Train-to-Work participants). This test includes a written and a skills portion. Once you pass both tests, your name will be entered on the state CNA registry.

Class Fee

If you have been accepted into our Train-to-Work program (or you are receiving financial assistance from another entity), this class fee section may not apply to you. The fee of $475 covers the cost of class materials and textbooks. It does not cover the exam fee ($125). Once your application is received and processed, you will be contacted regarding fee payment options (credit card, check, or cash). The class fee of $475 must be paid in full before your spot in the class is guaranteed. Once the full payment is received, you will receive an email confirming your place in the class.

In the event you are not able to participate, you may request a refund in writing up to 10 days prior to the first day of class. No refunds will be given after the class begins. (Credit card refunds will be assessed a 3% transaction fee.)

FREE CNA Class & State Competency Exam

By participating in Dove Healthcare's Train-to-Work Program, you will take the CNA class and state competency exam at no cost to you. It's easy…

1st Step: Complete the CNA Class application.
2nd Step: Participate in a successful interview.
3rd Step: Sign the Train-to-Work Program Agreement

Prepare yourself for a bright future on our team! With your commitment to completing the class and state exam successfully - thereby fulfilling your desire to help others and work as a CNA - we will support you every step of the way in finishing the Train-to-Work Program.

Train-to-Work Program Participants commit to:

  • Signing the Train-to-Work Program Agreement prior to the start of class
  • Applying for employment as a CNA at any Dove Healthcare location
  • Working agreed upon schedule based on signed agreement
  • Repaying Dove Healthcare the class fee and state exam fee if unable to successfully complete the class/exam or fulfill employment agreement

Class Fee Assistance

If you need assistance paying for the CNA course, please contact the following resources:

Class Fee Reimbursement

After completion of the CNA class, if you become an employee of any Dove Healthcare skilled nursing facility, you are eligible for 100% reimbursement of the class fee.

  • You must pass the competency exam and be listed on the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry before the reimbursement request can be submitted.
  • After submission of the reimbursement request, we will reimburse a portion of the class fee.
  • If you successfully complete one year of employment with Dove Healthcare, the remaining cost of the class that has not been refunded, will be reimbursed up to the full cost of $475.
  • If you do not become a Dove Healthcare employee, you may still seek reimbursement through another state approved facility. Reimbursement amounts will vary at other facilities.

Lapsed or Expired CNA License

If you want to start working as a CNA again, but your CNA license has lapsed/expired, you will need to contact the agency Headmaster at 877-201-0758. Headmaster will navigate you through the steps on their website to prepare you for retesting. In most cases, retaking the nurse aide training program is not necessary.

Transferring an Out-of-State CNA License to Wisconsin

Are you a CNA moving to Wisconsin and would like to transfer your license so you can continue your CNA career? Complete the Out-of-State Transfer Application now.

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Eau Claire Classes

Dove Healthcare - West Eau Claire
Fee: $475    Pay Online | Register

Jan 10-21
Monday - Friday from 7 AM - 3:30 PM
(This class is full, but you can still apply and be added to our wait list.)

Chippewa Falls Classes

Dove Healthcare - Wissota Health & Regional Vent Center
Fee: $475    Pay Online | Register

Jan 04-20
Monday - Thursday from 7 AM - 3:30 PM

Osseo Classes

Currently no classes are being offered in this area. Email to get notifications for future classes.

Bloomer Classes

Currently no classes are being offered in this area. Email to get notifications for future classes.

Rice Lake Classes

Dove Healthcare - Rice Lake
Fee: $475    Pay Online | Register

Jan 03-21
Monday - Friday from 4 - 9 PM

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Jenny Risinger

Jenny Risinger, PHR
Regional Director of Human Resources, 2009
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