Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to register for the training?

  • Attend a 90-minute information session (required before registering). Please call (231) 995-1700 to find out when the next sessions are scheduled. If dates are pending, you will be placed on a call list. Information nights are scheduled prior to each training. 
  • You will receive an application packet at the information session. Submit your application with other required documents (transcripts or WorkKey assessment scores). 
  • Once your application is approved and your background check is complete, you may register for the training through NMC Extended Education - (231) 995-1700.

What is the cost of the training?

Tuition for the program is $1,195. Other costs include a $75 text, possible WorkKeys testing totaling $40, and uniform costs. Taking the state competency test is $125. Details of costs will be covered at the information night.

Is financial aid available?

  • Federal financial aid is not available for Continuing Education programs or part-time students. However, some participants may be eligible for Michigan Works! funds. Call (231) 922-3700 for more information.
  • There may be student loans available to cover your education costs. A list of banks that provide alternative loans are listed below. The best approach is to call them directly at the toll-free number and state that you are interested in an alternative loan for health care occupation. Loans can cover all related costs including uniform, shoes, and testing in addition to tuition and your textbook. More information available here »
  • A limited number of partial scholarships are sometime available to be awarded. To apply, please request a scholarship form. The funds are intended for low-income students not receiving other financial aid and will offset the cost of tuition.
  • Long-term care facilities that receive federal funding are required to reimburse individuals for a percentage of the cost of testing and training for up to one year from the date of completion of an approved training program. Talk to your employer (or future employer) regarding reimbursement.

How is the current job market and what is the expected salary range?

The average salary range is $9.27-$15.72 per hour in Michigan. The job growth projection is 18% over the next few years. These are Michigan averages obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) sponsored by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.

Does NMC provide job placement?

Our Career & Employment Services office specializes in assisting you in your job search. Their office is located in the Osterlin Library on Main Campus. Their phone number is (231) 995-1360.

Will I earn a certificate? Is it a state-recognized certificate?

You will receive an NMC Certificate indicating that you have successfully completed the program. You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to take the Michigan Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Test. Passing this test will provide you with the state CNA certification.

How many classes make up this program?

There is one class totaling 128 hours. There are three program components: classroom, laboratory, and clinical placement in a skilled long-term care nursing facility. The program includes eight hours of dementia training which will be stated on your certificate. The program may be completed in 7-8 weeks.

Are grades/tests given?

Written quizzes must be passed at 80% and skill-based tests must be passed at 100%.

What if I miss a class?

You will be required to make up the work.

Do I need a Uniform?

Uniforms will not be needed until the clinical placement. Dark green scrubs will be the student uniform, same as for the nursing program, and can be purchased for approximately $25-35 for a set.

If you have further questions, please contact NMC's Extended Education office at (231) 995-1700, or e-mail Linda Racine at

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