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Certified Nursing Assistants


Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are the backbone of healthcare. They spend more time giving direct care to patients than those in any other position. They're the ones who provide the most intimate care in ways that preserve dignity and respect for our patients.

Ballad Health knows a CNA's role in healthcare is critical. We do our best to provide a rewarding environment that fosters personal and professional growth – whether you're actively looking for a CNA position or are interested in taking classes to become a certified nursing assistant.

If you're interested in becoming a CNA, you can learn more about our classes here.

If you are currently a CNA, you can learn more about why Ballad Health is the right choice for growing your career below.

Why you should choose Ballad Health

Whether you're just starting out or making a change, Ballad Health is here to help you build a successful career as a certified nursing assistant.

  • Work close to home.
    Ballad Health facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia include 21 hospitals, urgent care centers, rehabilitation centers, long-term care centers and more.
  • Ballad Health offers competitive benefits that support your life.
    That includes health, vision and dental insurance plans; 401K matching program; disability and life insurance options; a wellness program; a flexible spending account, and much more.
  • We strive to foster a culture where people feel valued and want to work.
    Our values of respect, caring, faith, creativity, honesty and quality are represented in our work environment with team members. These values are what drive the compassionate and attentive care we provide patients.

We currently have CNA positions available throughout Ballad Health facilities in the Appalachian Highlands. We'd love to work with you!

Just click our application link below and search for "CNA" to see all available job postings.

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Free certified nursing assistant classes

We offer CNA classes free of charge.

We offer the following no-cost training programs approved by the Tennessee and Virginia Departments of Health to help you certify for a CNA career.

The classes offer the basics of bedside patient care, with an emphasis on geriatrics and long-term care.

When you successfully complete the course, you’ll meet state requirements to take the Tennessee or Virginia nurse assistant certification exam – which we also provide at no cost.

CNA training in Tennessee

The Tennessee Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training program includes 60 hours of classroom time and an additional 40 hours of supervised clinical time.

You can choose between evening or daytime courses.

CNA online hybrid program

Ballad Health is also proud to offer an online hybrid Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training program for Tennessee students.

This program allows you to complete the classroom portion of the class via an online learning platform, then schedule in-person skills lab practice and clinical hours to meet your scheduling needs.

CNA training in Virginia

The Virginia Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training program is 80 hours of classroom time plus 40 hours of supervised clinical time.