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Free Certified Nurse Assistant Classes

Earn your CNA certification with free classes and flexible scheduling

Thank you for your interest in the free Ballad Health Nurse Aide Training Program!

Our Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Program presents the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of federal and state requirements with an emphasis on geriatrics and long-term care. There's no degree or experience required to apply for this program.

Once you've completed the classes, you'll meet the criteria to sit for the state certification examination, which we will pay for.

We're here to support you in your CNA journey, which is why we're offering this course free of charge for anyone who's interested in becoming a CNA.

Class requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Completion of the Ballad Health Pre-Course On-Line Assessment
  • Completion of a criminal/health-related board background check
  • Completion of a medical screening
    • Compliant with COVID-19 vaccination mandate
    • Flu vaccine is required during flu season and will be administered during the physical
    • Flu season is October through April unless otherwise instructed by Ballad Health Infection Prevention

All requirements must be met to be accepted into the course.

Application process

  • Complete the online application
  • Complete the online background check. E-mail instructions will be provided with individualized link to complete free of charge.
  • After the background check is completed, you will be contacted to schedule your physical/drug screen free of charge.

2021-2022 certified nurse assistant class schedule

Clinical hours are completed at a designated Ballad Health facility with set rotation schedules determined at the beginning of your class.

All clinical hours will be scheduled with an instructor and cannot be completed independently.

Please note the application window open date and deadline to apply for each class below.

Tennessee classes

These classes contain 60 hours of classroom time with 40 hours of supervised clinical time to follow. Part-time, daytime and evening course schedules are offered.

2021 classes

Jan. 5 to Mar. 11, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Market Street Center in Johnson City.
  • Application window opens: Oct. 8, 2021
  • Application deadline: Nov. 30, 2021

Jan. 17 to Mar. 25, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Holston Valley Medical Center/Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport.
  • Application window opens: Oct. 8, 2021
  • Application deadline: Dec. 13, 2021

Jan. 28 to April 2, 2022 (evening/weekend class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Friday evenings, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Market Street Center in Johnson City.
  • Application window opens: Oct. 8, 2021
  • Application deadline: Dec. 30, 2021

Feb. 9 to Apr. 22, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol.
  • Application window opens: Nov. 5, 2021
  • Application deadline: Jan. 6, 2022

Feb. 21 to May 6, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Holston Valley Medical Center/Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport.
  • Application window opens: Nov. 30, 2021
  • Application deadline: Jan. 20, 2022

Mar. 16 to May 13, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol.
  • Application window opens: Dec. 13, 2021
  • Application deadline: Feb. 10, 2022

Apr. 4 to May 24, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays though Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Market Street Center in Johnson City.
  • Application window opens: Dec. 30, 2021
  • Application deadline: Mar. 3, 2022

Apr. 4 to Jun. 3, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Market Street Center in Johnson City.
  • Application window opens: Jan. 6, 2022
  • Application deadline: Mar. 3, 2022

Apr. 20 to Jun. 17, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol.
  • Application window opens: Jan. 20, 2022
  • Application deadline: Mar. 17, 2022

May 9 to Jul. 8, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Holston Valley Medical Center/Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport.
  • Application window opens: Feb. 10, 2022
  • Application deadline: Apr. 7, 2022

May 25 to Jul. 22, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Holston Valley Medical Center/Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport.
  • Application window opens: Mar. 3, 2022
  • Application deadline: Apr. 21, 2022

Jun. 6 to Jul. 22, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Dobbins Bennett High School in Kingsport.
  • Application window opens: Mar. 3, 2022
  • Application deadline: May 5, 2022

Jul. 6 to Sep. 2, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol.
  • Application window opens: Mar. 17, 2022
  • Application deadline: Jun. 2, 2022

Jul. 11 to Jul. 22, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Holston Valley Medical Center/Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport.
  • Application window opens: Apr. 7, 2022
  • Application deadline: Jun. 9, 2022

Aug. 10 to Oct. 7, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..
  • Classroom hours will be held at Market Street Center in Johnson City.
  • Application window opens: April 21, 2021
  • Application deadline: Jul. 7, 2021

Aug. 15 to Oct. 21, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol.
  • Application window opens: May. 5, 2022
  • Application deadline: Jul. 14, 2022

Sep. 9 to Nov. 12, 2022 (evening/weekend class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Friday evenings, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Market Street Center in Johnson City.
  • Application window opens: June 2, 2022
  • Application deadline: Aug. 4, 2022

Sep. 14 to Nov. 11, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Holston Valley Medical Center/Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport.
  • Application window opens: June 9, 2022
  • Application deadline: Aug. 11, 2022

Sep. 19 to Nov. 28, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol.
  • Application window opens: July 7, 2022
  • Application deadline: Aug. 18, 2022

Oct. 19 to Dec. 16, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol.
  • Application window opens: July 14, 2022
  • Application deadline: Sep. 15, 2022

Oct. 24 to Dec. 27, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..
  • Classroom hours will be held at Market Street Center in Johnson City.
  • Application window opens: Aug. 4, 2022
  • Application deadline: Sep. 22, 2022

Nov. 30 to Jan. 27, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Holston Valley Medical Center/Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport.
  • Application window opens: Aug 11, 2022
  • Application deadline: Oct 27, 2022

Virginia classes

These classes contain 80 hours of classroom time with 40 hours of supervised clinical time to follow. Part-time, daytime and evening course schedules are offered.

Jan. 11 to Feb. 23, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Frances Marion Manor in Marion
  • Your 40-hour clinical schedule and after classroom hours will be determined in your class
  • Application deadline: Dec. 16, 2021

March 21 to April 28, 2022 (evening class, full-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Monday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Frances Marion Manor in Marion
  • Your 40-hour clinical schedule and after classroom hours will be determined in your class
  • Application deadline: Feb. 24, 2022

May 17 to June 29, 2022 (day class, part-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Frances Marion Manor in Marion
  • Your 40-hour clinical schedule and after classroom hours will be determined in your class
  • Application deadline: April 21, 2022

Sept. 12 to Oct. 20, 2022 (evening class, full-time)

  • Classroom sessions are on Monday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Classroom hours will be held at Frances Marion Manor in Marion
  • Your 40-hour clinical schedule and after classroom hours will be determined in your class
  • Application deadline: Aug. 18, 2022

Have questions about our program?

You can learn more about our free certified nurse assistant classes by visiting our CNA training program FAQ page.

You can also contact our CNA program by emailing CNAProgram@balladhealth.org or calling (423) 431-2622.