Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Housed at Indian Trail and Tremper High School

The C.N.A. class prepares students to perform basic supportive skills in caring for patients in various healthcare settings.  This class provides classroom and laboratory instruction and clinical experience in a nursing home or hospital.  Graduates are awarded a certificate upon passing the state test and are placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.  C.N.A. fulfills a prerequisite for Gateway Technical College (GTC) nursing programs.  These classes are taught by GTC certified instructors with students earning both KUSD (.75 credit) and GTC credit (3 credits) upon successful completion of the class.

Because of a crisis and shortage of qualified workers in the health care field, because of specific requirements in the nursing program, and because Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) promotes Career and Technical Education programs to help students earn a living wage, the Certified Nursing Assistant program is housed at Indian Trail High School and Academy and Tremper High School and open to any 11th and 12th grade KUSD student.

The C.N.A. course is offered in the morning at Tremper High School or in the afternoon at Indian Trail Academy and High School. It is available to students who are juniors or seniors and meet the initial academic admissions requirements (listed in #3 below).

This course requires that you have reliable transportation and allow for travel time to and from Indian Trail or Tremper, as well as to and from the school to the clinical work sites.

At course completion, graduates are encouraged to take the state competency exam for CNA/State licensure. Students are responsible for the $115.00 exam fee. Upon the successful completion of the exam, students receive C.N.A. certification from the State of Wisconsin.


  1. Fill out the KUSD Contracted Services Application (available at your high school counseling center or at the link at the bottom of this page).

  2. Submit the completed Contracted Services application to your high school counselor.

  3. Sign up to take the COMPASS assessment by clicking on the link Gateway Admission Application at the bottom of this page. Applicants must complete assessment testing (COMPASS) to include Reading, Math, Writing, English and Computer Skills OR submit their ACT scores taken within the last 3 years AND the Computer Skills assessment.  To meet the academic requirements to enroll in the CNA course, applicants must have an ACT reading score of 13+ or a COMPASS reading score of 55+ and have taken the Computer Skills assessment. 

  4. After applicant completes the GTC Admission Application and hits the “submit” button, they must call 1-800-247-7122 to pay the $15 testing charge and set up a testing date (if student is taking the test at their high school, they still call to pay).

  5. Student takes test and will be given their scores at that time.  They then bring their scores to their counselor to attach to their Contracted Service application. 

  6. After student has done the 5 steps above, they will be sent a letter from the Office of Career and Technical Education stating where to submit their curriculum notebook fee of $12.75. These courses have a maximum class size of 16 students and are filled on a first come first serve basis.

  7. Student will then be given further instructions and be responsible for creating a CertifiedProfile account, completing an online background check ($45), a Background Information Disclosure (BID), and ordering the Medical Document Instruction Sheet ($25). 


Medical Terminology is also offered at Tremper High School 4th quarter in the morning. To apply for Medical Terminology only, applicant fills out Contracted Services form, Gateway Registration form, Student Transportation Agreement and Security Question form and submits to their counselor.

Students earn both KUSD and GTC credit upon successful completion of these course(s). 

See your counselor for more information on these courses and get a head start in a career in the medical field!


General Document(s)
Form English
2016-2017 Class Schedule PDF icon HealthcareSchedule2016-2017.pdf
2016-2017 Contracted Services Form PDF icon CNA_MedTermContractedServices.pdf
Gateway Registration Form PDF icon GTC Registration_Form_06-19-14.pdf
Gateway Registration Form (fillable) PDF icon registration.pdf
Nursing Assistant Student Handbook PDF icon nursing-assistant-student-handbook.pdf
Student Transportation Agreement PDF icon student_transportation_agreement.pdf