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Program Overview

The program provides students with the basic information and skills needed to provide care to residents/patients in assisted living/long-term care facilities and acute care settings. Individuals who complete the CNA course are eligible to apply for certification through the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services after completing the Certified Nurse assistant graduation requirements. Completion of the Nursing Fundamentals I class qualifies the student to take the Montana Headmasters exam for certified nursing assistance status.

Program is provided by Highlands College of Montana Technological University and is approved by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services under its Nurse Aide Registry office. 

Informational Sessions (Mandatory)

Attend one of our informational sessions to learn about details of the program, application requirements, class format, class schedules, and funding opportunities. No registration required.

Information sessions are held at 5:30 pm. All sessions are located at Highlands College, 25 Basin Creek Road, Butte, MT. This course is currently being offered three times a year. See dates below. 

Start Dates
Term Info Session Start Date
Summer 2024 May 20 June 10
Fall 2024 TBD TBD
Spring 2025 TBD TBD


Program Fees: 

Community course only: $1450

Admission Requirements/Pre-Requisites

  • Attend mandatory information session
  • Application & Payment
  • Possess current Montana Driver License and age 16 or older
  • Copy of original social security card
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccinations: (2 doses)
  • 2-Step TB Skin test (TST)
  • Date of Tdap: <10 years
  • Varicella:(2 doses) or positive titer showing immunity
  • Hepatitis B: Date of vaccination or declination statement
  • Submit Background Check
    • Visit
    • Cost is $19.95. Pay online with eCheck, credit card or debit card
    • Print Background check an attach to application along with vaccinations and tb test results

Class Schedule

The course follows a hybrid format which means you will be required to do online modules, attend a 2-day weekend skills lab, and complete 25 hours in a clinical setting.

CNA Program Aplication

Access application here.


Funding Assistance Programs

Butte Job Service
Contact Email Phone
Caitlin O’Neill caitlin.o' 406-594-7374

Rural Employment Opportunities (REO)
Contact Email Phone
Lacey Reinhardt 406-461-0504

Veterans Inc.
Contact Email Phone
Jennifer Thomas 406-591-7519
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We can answer your questions and help you get started.

Brooke Samson or 406-496-3779