Certified Nursing Assistant

A Flexible and Engaging Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program Providing Competencies Needed to Pass the CNA Certification Exam

The surging market demand foresees an increased necessity for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in the coming years. To address this demand, healthcare organizations need a versatile system-wide approach to train individuals for this crucial role. OpusVi has developed a centralized professional development platform with meticulous attention to detail, aiming to boost retention rates among unlicensed assisting personnel. At the heart of this platform lies the CNA program, strategically designed to alleviate administrative burdens and ensure consistency across various sites. This facilitates comprehensive training, education, and certification of CNAs within the organization.

The program curriculum follows state requirements, and ensures compliance and high standards, equipping learners with the necessary skills to successfully pass the certification exam. The scalable program delivery is tailored to the unique needs of health systems and integrates into existing workforce infrastructures, and the apprenticeship-style structure lays the foundation for a more sustainable staffing pipeline. The program also allows health leaders to retain existing staff while providing a flexible, accessible pathway to succeed in the industry. The centralized professional development platform is designed to improve recruitment and increase retention across unlicensed assisting personnel roles.

Based on the requirements to become a Certified Nursing Assistant across geographical regions, OpusVi will provide:


5 Competency-Based Courses

12 Weeks Self-Paced and Flexible

Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Curriculum Alignment to State Requirements in

Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants

Use of Textbook (Digital)

Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants

Digital Clinical Rotation Assessments

Digital Laboratory Simulation Assessments



  • pdf

Program Outline

A flexible and engaging CNA training program that is meticulously crafted to equip learners with the essential competencies required for successful navigation of the certification exam. Our program goes beyond exam preparation, offering comprehensive insights and practical skills to ensure a well-rounded and proficient understanding of the responsibilities associated with the Certified Nursing Assistant role. Participants will benefit from interactive modules, real-world scenarios, and personalized guidance, fostering not only exam success but also long-term excellence in their professional practice.


Competency-Based Courses

  • UAP/CNA Basics
    • Possess the essential competency in basic assisting personnel skills required to provide safe, effective, and compassionate assistance to patients. 
  • Patient-Centered Care
    • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and meeting the unique needs of each individual in his/her care, promotes patient well-being, and fosters a compassionate and respectful environment.
  • Safety
    • Apply concepts of safety to reduce the risk of harm. These include attention to detail, effective communication, questioning attitude, peer checking and peer coaching, and an awareness of escalation when there is a safety concern. 
  • Communication, Documentation and Professionalism
    • Recognize the critical role of effective communication in providing safe, compassionate, and patient-centered care.
  • Personal Well-Being
    • Recognize the importance of maintaining personal well-being to deliver high-quality care.


Basic Competency

  • Understanding of the healthcare system
  • Know the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals
  • Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology
  • Assist with range of motion exercises
  • Place leads for telemetry
  • Perform minimally invasive specimen collection
  • Transport specimens/medicine/X-ray films
  • Applies simple, single layer dressings
  • End of life care
  • Infection control

Patient- Centered Care Competency

  • Respect
  • Cultural humility
  • Patient privacy
  • Patient rights
  • Understanding aging
  • Understanding the emotional and psychosocial needs of patients
  • Recognizing signs of distress
  • Providing appropriate support and care
  • Legal and ethical regulations in healthcare

Safety Competency

  • Physical safety
  • Assist with ambulation/transfers/transports
  • Assist with ADLs
  • Monitor pain and provide non-invasive comfort measures
  • Remove and re-apply assistive equipment
  • Fall/accident prevention
  • Crisis intervention
  • Possess skills in conflict resolution and de-escalation

Communication, Documentation and Professionalism Competency

  • Effectively collaborate and communicate
  • Report patterns, habits, behaviors,
  • Describe signs and symptoms of most urgent medical issues
  • Establish clear and empathetic lines of communication with patients/families/peers
  • General orientation to routine care/expectations
  • Active listening
  • Using inclusive language
  • Basic health literacy
  • Clerical tasks related to admission/discharge/transfer,
  • Maintain EMR
  • Measure and record findings such as vital signs
  • Maintain quality control logs (e.g. equipment)

Personal Well-Being Competency

  • Develop self-care strategies (including physical and emotional well-being) 
  • Seek support when needed
  • Promote a healthy work-life balance
  • Time management
  • Build resilience
  • Stress management
  • Self-reflection and continuous improvement
  • Response to moral distress
State-approved training that will enable the learner to sit for the certification exam. Since this is employee-sponsored, the learner will also have job opportunities within the organization and be on a professional pathway for a lifelong career in healthcare. 

To qualify as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Age Requirement: Minimum of 16-18 years old.

  • Education: Possess a high school diploma or GED.

  • Physical Health: Be in good physical health.

  • Background Check: Successfully pass a criminal background check.

  • Physical Ability: Demonstrate the ability to lift patients.

  • Competency Test: Complete a written competency test.

  • Immunizations: Maintain up-to-date immunizations.

  • Drug Screening: Successfully pass a drug screening.

Technical Administration and Support

OpusVi offers wraparound technical administration and support for every program and cohort. These services include:

  • Project management throughout the planning, onboarding, and deployment
  • Ongoing 24/7 technical and administrative support, for each individual learner
  • Enhanced technology that supports each at-risk learner to encourage their engagement and success
  • Ongoing performance monitoring and reporting

Community Manager

Based on the size and unique needs of this system-wide Certified Nursing Assistant Program, one of OpusVi’s Community Managers will be assigned to ensure program success from onboarding to completion across all users. This individual will be available to support customized reports/surveys and unique user interventions.

Your System Provides

  • System Sponsorship / Project Owner
  • Site Administrators

OpusVi Provides

  • Ongoing Technical Administration and Support
  • Community Manager
  • Measurable Results Reporting
  • Adaptive Spaced Repetition

Andrew Malley

Andrew Malley

CEO of OpusVi™

“One of the most impactful ways to mitigate the challenges of the healthcare staffing crisis is to focus on the growth of the clinical base with more Certified Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants and Personal Care Assistants. Building a more robust base to the workforce pyramid with Healthcare Support Workers allows nurses to work at the top of their license while fostering strong staffing pipelines for the future and nurturing a diverse clinical workforce. Work-based, apprentice-style programs like our CNA program, built for Providence, offer a more flexible and rewarding journey for new entrants into the healthcare industry and will enhance retention and expand expertise across the clinical spectrum.”

Dawna Cato, PhD., RN, NPD-BC

Dawna Cato, PhD., RN, NPD-BC

Residency Program Director

“The apprenticeship-style training structure in this CNA program lays the foundation for a more sustainable staffing pipeline. The structure of this program also allows health leaders to retain their existing staff while providing them with a flexible, accessible pathway to succeed in the industry. We intentionally created this program with competencies that overlap with skills needed for nurse residencies and further nursing education to not only set up the CNAs for career success but also create synchronization across programs and staff levels - supporting the health system overall.”

Dr. Sylvain Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP, FAONL, FAAN

Dr. Sylvain Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP, FAONL, FAAN

System Chief Nursing Officer, Providence

“Health leaders are facing historic nursing shortages. To address the challenge and better support our workforce, we must radically overhaul our approach to staff retention and workforce development. We’re excited to partner with OpusVi to support our staff in their career journeys and bring more CNAs on board to support our entire workforce. This CNA program helps us fill a critical need within our system and will empower our teams in their careers. More importantly, this effort will allow us to improve patient care and better serve our communities.”



The modules take 4-6 weeks or about 60 hours to complete. The modules are self-paced and can be taken at the learner's speed.

No -- the book, Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants, will come with the program. 

The system will be provided with a guide to navigating clinical hours but is expected to align clinical settings and support for intended certified nursing assistants.

Each state uses different testing companies to deliver the CNA written examination.  This information will be provided in your program information.  A grading scale is not typically used. Each exam uses passing standards and other statistics to make sure every candidate gets a fair and equitable distribution of questions.

This is designed to be an apprenticeship-style program where those intending to become Certified Nursing Assistants can be hired and serve in supporting roles until certification.

The minimum age to enroll is 16-18 years old.

There are no prerequisites to the program outside of onboarding requirements set by the employer.


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