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Training and education opportunities

We offer training and education for most employees. For some careers, we'll even train you to work for us. We offer:

Certified Nursing Assistant career

Under the supervision of a registered nurse, nursing assistants provide direct care to hospitalized patients and work with the health care team to meet patients' needs. Many registered nurses start their health care career as a nursing assistant.

Advantages of working as a nursing assistant include:

  • Part-time schedules for work-life balance while pursuing career goals
  • Practicing advanced skills, such as removing IVs and catheters
  • Experience with a multidisciplinary group of caregivers and diverse patient population
  • Developing critical thinking and interpersonal skills
  • Establishing your career at a facility where you can grow
  • Career advancement, nurse extern opportunities
  • Making a difference in patients' lives

Learn how to become certified as a nursing assistant in Wisconsin and to sign up for the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry.

Nursing assistant training information and registration

Aurora offers Nursing Assistant training multiple times throughout the year. To be qualified for Certified Nursing Assistant training, you must attend a mandatory information session and meet the application deadlines. From those candidates interviews will be done and candidates will be selected to participate in the class. We will hold mandatory information sessions prior to accepting applications approximately two months prior to the start of each class.

Each session will be approximately 1 hour long. It is only necessary to attend one information session per calendar year. Participants may register at the session beginning 1/2 hour prior to the session beginning. Photo ID will be required for admittance into the information session. No late arrivals will be accepted. There is no childcare provided for the sessions, and with limited seating available, children will not be able to attend with applicants.

At the end of each session, participants will be provided with detailed information on the application deadlines and how to apply. Only those who attend an information session will be considered for the CNA Training Class.

To participate in the class, there is a $500.00 classroom fee, made payable by money order only and due the first day of class. In addition, there will be a $115 testing fee for state certification, made payable by money order or credit card ($118.75 if paid by MasterCard or Visa), also due the first day of class. Classes run 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. for 15 weekdays and mandatory attendance is required for completion of the class.

Upon successful completion of the training, students will be scheduled to take the Wisconsin Certified Nursing Assistant exam, administered by Promissor.

Please visit our training opportunities website to see the most current dates for the information sessions and the next classes.

Community-Based Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program

CNA Class Highlights

  • The course last 15 days and is 120 hours long, per state requirements, per requirements of State Statute DHS 129 Class times are 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., week days only.
  • The classroom portion will be held at the Aurora Parkway Building, Milwaukee.
  • Five (5) clinical days will be held at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee.
  • Perfect Attendance is REQUIRED for successful completion of the class and to be eligible to take the State of Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry Exam.
  • During the first two weeks of training participants can expect to have homework most nights. This can be as much as 2 to 3 hours per night. Failure to complete the required reading and worksheets will significantly affect classroom and clinical success.
  • Participants should plan to attend a blood pressure class from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. on the day following the last class day.

For class dates, application, deadlines and more information about our selection process go to our website.

Nurse Extern II

The nurse extern II position was designed to augment the growth of nursing students transitioning from the student role to novice nurse. The position is an excellent opportunity to get the feel of the acute care setting and assist in orientation to the graduate nurse role. The nurse extern II provides total patient care, including medication administration, IVs and admission assessments, all under the close supervision of a registered nurse. Departments served by this role include critical care, oncology, medical/surgical, women's health, labor and delivery, orthopedics, rehab and cardiac, among others.

Scheduling is flexible to accommodate your school schedule with a time commitment that is generally two eight-hour shifts per two-week pay period.


  • Currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program (typically no more than six months from graduation)
  • Successful completion of a qualified clinical rotation that includes pharmacology
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adapt to interruptions and ever changing priorities