Online CNA Program

Montana Health Network/NorthEast MT AHEC

in partnership with Pondera Medical Center

Course Description:
The Nursing Aid curriculum will prepare students for careers in healthcare under the supervision of the Licensed RN or LPN. Students learn the basic entry-level nursing skills to work in the healthcare setting as a Certified Nursing Aid. Curriculum includes providing or assisting in client care, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, ambulation, transferring, feeding, and use of equipment, documenting, and reporting the general well-being of the resident.

Theory and clinical study will provide necessary information and skills needed in long-term, home care, and acute care settings to take the Montana Department of Health, State Competency Evaluation Examination, which is required for the Nursing Assistant State Registry.

Course Pre-Requisites:

Students must provide proof of the following health requirements prior to enrollment in the program:

  • Tuberculosis testing-two step PPD or chest x-ray

  • Diphtheria-Tetanus /Pertussis-Tdap vaccination (up-to-date).

  • Influenza Virus Vaccine-in season.

  • BLS card-current (Montana Health Network does offer this course if needed).


  • Access to a computer with internet (Desktop computers available in the PMC IT Dept.)

  • Scrubs

  • Work shoes with closed toe

Required Text:

Nursing Assisting, A Foundation in Caregiving, 5th Edition.

Headmaster Exam:

The State exam includes written (computer) as well as a clinical (skills) portion. Clinical Testing will be conducted at Pondera Medical Center. Testing is through and examples are available online at:

Enroll Today:

Sign up for this four-week online course and begin your rewarding journey in the healthcare field from the convenience of your hometown! Four-week courses are ongoing! 

If you are ready to start your career in the gratifying role as a Certified Nursing Assistant, please contact Jenny Broesder at Pondera Medical Center to learn more and schedule clinical on-floor training at PMC:

Jenny Broesder, Clinical Instructor

(406) 271-2201 (Phone)



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