Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)


The Nurse Aide / Home Health Aide (AH 107 – 5 credit hour) can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of the Health Care Support Assistant Certificate.  Financial aid may be available for those who choose to complete the Health Care Support Assistant Certificate. Click here for more information on MCC’s Health Care Support Assistant Certificate.

Students pursuing the Nurse Aide / Home Health Aide must meet the Muskegon Community College’s Reading Proficiency requirement.  Please see https://www.muskegoncc.edu/testing/mcc-placement-test/ for current guidelines.

Please make an appointment with the MCC Counseling and Advising Center in Room 101 or (231)777-0362 to discuss your options further. Students must complete an application through Counseling for the Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide (AH 107).



In order to be accepted into the CNA course, students must be able to meet the following essential functions of the occupation for Certified Nurse Aides / Home Health Aides:
• Communicate effectively with clients, families, health care team members, peers, and faculty.
• Stand and walk for six to eight hours/day.
• Bend, squat, and kneel.
• Assist lifting or moving clients and with use of appropriate mobility devices.
• Perform CPR, i.e., move client to compress chest and manually ventilate client.
• Work with arms fully extended overhead.
• Use hands for grasping, pushing, pulling, and other fine manipulation.
• Demonstrate eye/hand coordination for manipulation of equipment, procedural supplies, etc.
• Possess tactile ability to differentiate changes in sensation.
• Possess auditory acuity to hear normal voice and hear manual blood pressure.
• Possess auditory acuity to hear client’s calls for assistance without facing the client.
• Possess auditory acuity to interpret various equipment signals and use the telephone.
• Possess visual acuity to read and distinguish colors, to read handwritten /printed data.
• Possess visual acuity to clearly view electronic monitors and scales to correctly interpret data.

Nurse Aides / Home Health Aides Job Outlook from the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Projected 2012-2022

Nurse aides help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and private residences. They are frequently active and may need to help lift or move patients.

Pay The median annual wage for nurse aides was $24,420 in May 2012.

Job Outlook Employment of nurse aides is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nurse aides will be needed in long-term care facilities.