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.  It is a unique classroom setting that includes professional guest speakers from speech, physical, occupational therapists and Reiki healers. Students have the use of the skills lab to practice for their states skills test for up to six months after graduation.  In addition to these benefits, our course also provides 40 hours clinical training with real, hands-on patient experience.

Our clinical training consists of long-term experience, acute care, occupational therapy and possible emergency room hands on.  Our instructor, Kris Patterson, RN works with students to cater their clinical rotation to their career goals.  Some schools are now requiring a CNA license prior to being accepted into a nursing program (RN/LPN).

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.  We work with NIC to ensure your first state test (skills) is completed within two 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*

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.

Classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays 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, and CPR certification.  The State written and skills tests for certification to be paid by each student.

Contact: Instructor Kristine Patterson, RN at 208-267-6940

CNA Class Registration

Register today!  NIC Registration Form

Did You Know?

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.

2022 CNA Semester Schedule

  • February 22 – April 19
  • June 14 – August 9
  • September 13 – November 8

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.