CNA Classes in Idaho (Top Schools)

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In Idaho, nurse aides will have to complete the following to be enlisted in the Nurse Aide Registry:

  • Underwent a CNA training program
  • Pass the evaluation tests

An exemption is given to out-of-state or foreign nurses or physicians if they can provide documentation of licensure.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will allow them to register as long as no negative action on that license is found.

Taking on a CNA Training Program in Idaho

An aspiring CNA must first enroll and graduate from a state-approved program.

The state has many available schools that you can consider, with a curriculum set by the Idaho Career and Technical Education.

During the program, you will complete 120 hours of training.

  • 80 hours of classroom lessons
  • 40 hours of clinical practice

You may acquire the CNA education and training at any of these accredited training facilities:

24 CNA Schools in Idaho

School NameAddress
Ashton Living CenterAshton, ID 83420
Bear Lake Memorial HospitalMontpelier, ID 83254
Bingham Memorial HospitalBlackfoot, ID 83221
Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation CenterBlackfoot, ID 83221
Boise State UniversityBoise, ID 83725
Boundary Community HospitalBonners Ferry, ID 83805
Carrington CollegeBoise, ID 83704
Centennial Job Corps CenterNampa, ID 83687
Clearwater Health and RehabilitationOrofino, ID 83544
College of Eastern IdahoIdaho Falls, ID 83404
College of Western IdahoNampa, ID 83687
Idaho State UniversityPocatello, ID 83209
Lewiston Veterans HomeLewiston, ID 83501
Lewis–Clark State CollegeLewiston, ID 83501
Life Care Center of Post FallsPost Falls, ID 83854
Life Care Center of SandpointSandpoint, ID 83864
Lost Rivers Medical CenterArco, ID 83213
North Idaho CollegeCoeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Owyhee Health and Rehabilitation CenterHomedale, ID 83628
Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation CenterPocatello, ID 83201
Parke View Rehabilitation and Care CenterBurley, ID 83318
Pocatello Veterans HomePocatello, ID 83201
Region 2 Professional-Technical AcademyCottonwood ID 83522
River’s Edge Rehabilitation and Living CenterEmmett, ID 83617

Evaluating a CNA Candidate

The DHW requires you to undergo the following evaluations for the Nurse Aide Competency Examination (NACE):

  • Manual/clinical skills test
  • Written or oral test

For the skills test, you will take it either at:

  • The training center where you received your education
  • A DHW-approved testing site

You’re required to take the skills test within six months after completing the program.

After, you will take the written or oral test to complete the NACE.

The DHW has given Prometric the authority to administer this test online.

Here are the costs of each test:

  • Written – $29
  • Oral – $39

Note that the oral test is just the written test given in an oral format.

This type of format is suitable for candidates with:

  • Reading disabilities or limited reading skills
  • Non-native English speakers

Further, you must’ve completed the written or oral test within 12 months of program completion.

In both exams, in case of failure, you have three attempts to secure passing scores.

Otherwise, retraining is required.

For Out-of-State NACE Takers

Out-of-state candidates can take the NACE in Idaho if they:

  • Have not yet taken the exam in their state of residence
  • Aren’t placed in that state’s registry

Then, they will submit along with the application form evidence of the program completion at their resident state.

Note that the training they did there must meet the criteria in the Idaho Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act

Potential Salary

A CNA in Idaho can earn an annual average salary of $29,852.

For the average Joe, it’s enough to gain stable and secure living conditions.

Of course, you can earn more than that amount in the future if you:

  • Continue to improve your skills and knowledge
  • Gain more extensive experience
  • Plan to advance to a more senior position

Take a look at the table below for the salary of a CNA in Idaho.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of CNAs in Idaho

City NameSalary
Idaho Falls$28,752
Coeur d'Alene$31,123
Twin Falls$27,390
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Boise City, ID2,870$37,190$17.88$45,250$30,840
Coeur d'Alene, ID720$35,450$17.05$43,630$30,920
Idaho Falls, ID420$32,240$15.5$37,910$25,330
Lewiston, ID-WA370$35,530$17.08$39,300$30,140
Pocatello, ID370$32,280$15.52$35,010$28,170
Twin Falls, ID500$34,020$16.36$37,740$29,440
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Nursing Assistants, OCC Code 31-1131, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.