Want A Career in Healthcare?

Get your Certified Nursing Assistant certification in Bonners Ferry through North Idaho College and Boundary Community Hospital

In connection with North Idaho College (NIC), BCH offers CNA Classes at the Fry Healthcare Education Center, located on Kaniksu Street across from the main hospital. Class meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings over a 9-week period. We offer a unique classroom setting that can include guest speakers from speech, physical, occupational therapists and Reiki healers. Students can study, listen to lectures, or use a computer to do research at the Center. There is also a skills lab where all of the students can practice their skills with a partner and our equipment. In addition to these benefits, our course also provides 40 hours clinical training with real, hands-on patient experience.

Once a student passes our course, they qualify to take the Idaho Certification Nursing Assistant (CNA) tests. There is a skills test at Sandpoint NIC Outreach Center and then a written test at North Idaho Workforce Training Center in Post Falls, Idaho. (In order to pass this skills test, a student should practice their skills with a partner at least 8 hours after the course).  We work with NIC to ensure your first state test (skills) is completed within two (2) weeks of graduation.

When a student passes these tests in Idaho, they can work anywhere in the state as a CNA. They can also work as a CNA in any reciprocity state* (states that accept Idaho licensure for CNAs). If you need any assistance with this process, just ask, we would be glad to help.  See list of states below:

Alabama* Arizona* Arkansas* Colorado* District of Columbia*  Florida*  Georgia*  Iowa*  Kansas*  Kentucky* Louisiana* Maine* Mississippi* Missouri* Montana* Nebraska* New Mexico* North Carolina* North Dakota* Oklahoma* South Carolina* South Dakota* Tennessee* Texas* Utah* Virginia* West Virginia* Wisconsin* Wyoming*

CNA Class Registration – Summer Semester 2021

Get your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification in Bonners Ferry through North Idaho College and Boundary Community Hospital

Why study for CNA Certification?
Many advantages exist for both men and women as Certified Nursing Assistants. Instructor Kris Patterson explains, “They are the backbone of the healthcare system.” A CNA has a wide-range of employment options. Employers hire CNAs to work in hospitals, assisted living homes, nursing homes, home care agencies, rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, outpatient medical and surgical offices, hospices, respite care, group homes, and in schools. Choices available to CNAs include working with children, with the elderly, and with any age in-between.

Summer Semester June 15, 2021 – August 10, 2021

Classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays (days) in Bonners Ferry at the Fry Healthcare Education Center (on Kaniksu Street across from the main hospital building). Tuition is $875 which includes the class instruction and clinicals. Book, gait belt, CPR certification,  State written and skills tests for certification to be paid by each student.

Contact: Instructor Kristine Patterson, RN at 208-267-6940 or kristine.p@bcch.org

Register today!

What’s Holding You Back?

CNA training can begin as early as the age of 16 and there is no age limit.

  • A high school or college diploma is not a prerequisite for either the training or the certification.
  • Graduates are work-ready.
  • BCH offers scholarships for those that qualify.
  • Non U.S. citizens eligible for a work permit may attend.

CNA Semester Schedule

We offer quarterly semester classes throughout the year. Please contact Education for more information.

Payment Options

  • Cash, Check or Credit Card
  • Contact Kris at 208-267-6940 for payment arrangements.

Bring Your Heart to Work

at Boundary Community Hospital Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Contact Kris Patterson (208) 267-6940; Email kristine.p@bcch.org

That Special Touch

Sometimes all it takes is a Special Touch:

  • to encourage
  • to add support
  • to wipe a spill
  • to wash a face
  • to check your pulse
  • to calm your fear
  • to share a story
  • to help a coworker
  • even to bait a hook at the annual resident fishing outing
  • To Show You Care

The Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) at Boundary Community Hospital and Nursing Home have “That Special Touch” and it shows in their work with patients and residents, every day.