Jump-start your healthcare career

CNA Fast track program

Do you want to start a career in healthcare? Stonehill can help you obtain your CNA certification and get established in your career in a matter of weeks with our Fast Track program.


Stonehill Communities has partnered with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) to offer an earn and learn Certified Nurse Aide program. Through this partnership, Stonehill is able to hire employees and help them grow in their healthcare career. New employees are able to build relationships with peers in their field and earn an income while they are enrolled in training. Students are hired as Resident Service Technicians and upon completion of their Certified Nurse Aide course, are then employed as Certified Nurse Aides, earning a minimum of $14.50/hour.



Stonehill will pay for the CNA classes and certification of those who are hired as Service Technicians and working a minimum of 16 hours/week. Individuals enrolled in the Fast Track program may be eligible for additional support services including a NICC Success Coach and daycare benefits.

Additional information on Program Benefits:

  • Tuition is paid if you meet Stonehill's requirements and are hired as part-time Service Tech (16 hours a week minimum) while in the program.
  • Students will receive free child care for children 12 and under during their time in the CNA program.
  • Upon graduation and working through the earn and learn model program you will be eligible to receive supplemental daycare assistance for up to one year in conjunction with the Department of Human Services funding assistance (when applicable)
  • Students will have the 1:1 support of an individual success coach through NICC who can assist them before, during, and after their program. The coach provides support for the student by eliminating barriers to workforce and education, increasing the likelihood of course completion and job retention.


  1. Apply as a Resident Services Technician. Must be 16 years old. See Resident Services Tech Openings and job description.
  2. Apply to the CNA program at NICC  Apply
  3. Work 16 hours/week as a Resident Services Tech while taking CNA classes through NICC. Stonehill will pay your tuition and certification fees. NICC may provide a Success Coach and daycare benefits.
  4. Complete CNA Certification.
  5. Transition into a CNA role at Stonehill Communities. See job description.


CNA certification is the first step in a healthcare career. The 80-hour course prepares students for employment as a nurse aide and fulfills the prerequisite for admission into the Northeast Iowa Community College nursing program. The fast-paced combination of classroom, hands-on lab and off-site clinical experience addresses basic nursing and personal care skills, patient rights and communication. Special attention to mental, physical and social health of geriatric and special populations is included.

Apply to the CNA program at NICC



CNA's at Stonehill Communities provide assistance to residents with activities of daily living. We offer a variety of flexible scheduling options across multiple shifts and either full time or part time status.

  • 1st Shift          6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • 2nd Shift         2:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Shift         10:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.
  • Short Shift      6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • 12-hr Day       6:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • 12-hr Night     6:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.

Employees working 8-hour shifts are scheduled to work every other weekend. Employees working 12-hour shifts are scheduled to work every third weekend.

Our dedicated Nursing team will work with you to achieve the best work and life balance to insure your success. Individuals participating in a CNA course will be able to attend all scheduled in-person class and clinical times. We want you to be successful!

Other benefits include:

  • Competitive starting pay at $14.50/hour with credit for experience
  • A sign-on bonus of up to $4,000 (must work a minimum of 16 hours/week)
  • $2.00/hour shift differential for 2nd and 3rd shifts
  • Extra pay for picking up extra shifts
  • Extra pay for flexing hours to 2nd and 3rd shifts
  • See other benefits at Stonehill Communities
  • Advancement opportunities including scholarships and tuition assistance


Contact Karen in Human Resources by email or phone.