Health Education

Southwestern offers a variety of classes for health professionals. Choose one of the following areas for the current classes scheduled. (All health classes must be paid at the time of registration or a letter received from your employer stating that they will pay for the class in order to secure your spot on the roster.  Most classes are limited in size.)

To register for any of these classes call 641-782-1441 or 1449


Nurse Aide Competency Testing
Two Thursdays each month, 8:30 AM
Contact: Jean Gibbons
You must be registered prior to testing.
Cost: $135 ($85 for Skills Test and $50 for Written Test) 

All Nurse Aide classes end with state testing and upon successful completion you will be placed on the Direct Care Worker Registry.

For more information, please view our brochure

Please bring this application with you, or mail it in with your check, before testing

To print your CNA license, please visit the Direct Care Worker Registry website.  SWCC does not have access to this information.

Medication Manager
See brochure for dates and times
Offered at Creston and Osceola centers
Instructor: Barb Campbell, RN
Cost: $75 per person

75 Hour Nurse Aide Training - Creston (Day)
Classroom: M/W/F, Feb 17 - March 3, 2014
8:30 am - 3:30 pm, SWCC Instructional Center Rm 333
Clinical: March 4-7, 2014
7 am - 4 pm, Crest Haven Care Center
Instructor: Jean Gibbons, RN
Cost: $550 (see brochure for breakdown)

Nurse Aide Training - Villisca
Villisca Good Samaritan Center
202 Central Ave
Class: M/W/F March 31-April 18, 2014 ~ 2pm-7:30pm
Clinical: M/Th/F April 21-28, 2014 ~ 6:30am-2:45pm
Instructor: Julia Williams, RN
Cost: $550 (see brochure for breakdown)

Mandatory Reporting: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse
March 17, 2014 ~ 5:30-8pm
SWCC Instructional Center Room 333
Instructor: Jan Beach Sickels EMT-P, Certified Abuse Prevention Educator
Cost: $30

Nurse Aide Training - Osceola
Southern Hills Specialty Care Center
444 Westview Drive
Classroom: Mon-Fri, April 14-18, 2014 ~ 8am-4:30pm
Clinical: Mon-Fri, April 21-25, 2014 ~ 7am-3:30pm
Testing: April 29, Creston
Instructor: Barb Campbell, RN
Cost:  $550 (see brochure for breakdown)

Trauma Nursing Core Course
April 3 & 4, 2014 ~ 8am-4pm
SWCC Instructional Center Room 333 (Creston)
Instructors: Jeannette Gehrke, Lead Instructor, Ben Brightwell, Mary Groves, and Holly Christenson
Cost: $300 Iowa Resident

Certified Medication Aide
April 14-30, 2014 ~ 9am-3pm
SWCC Instructional Center Room 333 (Creston)
Instructor: Jean Gibbons, RN
Cost: $235 Tuition, $65 Book

Mobilizing Communities to Strengthen Families
May 20, 2014 ~ 8am-3:15pm
SWCC Creston Campus
See brochure for breakout sessions and more information

The Art of Communication - The Be WUCA! Way
Workplace Customer Service For All Employees
May 21, 2014 ~ 8:30am-12 Noon
SWCC Performing Arts Center Multipurpose Room
Creston Campus
Cost: $49
Register Online

75 Hr Nurse Aide Training - Creston (Day)
Classroom:  Mon/Thurs/Fri, June 2-13, 2014 ~ 8:30am-4:30pm
Clinical:  Mon/Thurs/Fri, June 16-23, 2014 ~ 7am-3:30pm
SWCC Instructional Center Room 333 / Crest Haven Care Center
Instructor:  Brooke Owen, RN
Cost:  $550 total

Southwest Iowa Caregiver Update 2014
Creston:  June 3, 2014 (SWCC Instructional Center Room 220)
Red Oak:  June 12, 2014 (Montgomery County Hospital)
Registration, 8:30am.  Program, 9am-3:45pm
Fee:  $25

Save The Date:  IANCE 23rd Annual Conference
Friday, November 21, 2014
"Making It Happen:  Enahancing Healthcare Education Through Technology"
Michele L. Deck, RN, MEd, BSN, LCCE, FACCE
Unity Point Health - Des Moines Education Center

Self Study Courses

Online CEU's for the bargain price of $29.95 gives you access to over 130 offerings for one year and they are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.  When paying, use the coupon code SWCC09 to receive a $3 discount and we get credit for having you use the service!  Start at 

Please call for more information 1.800.247.4023, ext. 445 or 641.782.1445