Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants. You have the opportunity to help people when they're at some of the most vulnerable parts of their lives and can really make a difference with these opportunities.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
  • Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
  • Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.

Recommended Credentials

Nursing Assistant training, some work environments require certification

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Internal training at Munson Healthcare 

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Apprenticeship

Elsewhere in Michigan


Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech - Allied Health 

Volunteer or work at a hospital or health clinic

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Enroll in the Career Tech Center's Allied Health program.

You can work as a CNA in high school! Apply when you turn 16.

Pathway 2

Internal training at a hospital or practice, such as at Munson Healthcare

Pathway 3

Work while completing your certification at one of the many local CNA training programs! (Scroll down to the Region 9 listings)


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Certified Medication Aide (CMA)
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Employed Regionally

In 2021 (10-County Region)

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2021

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Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Nursing Assistant

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