Nursing Assistant Extern Program

As a Nursing Assistant Extern, you will take courses at ECTC and receive hands-on experience at Baptist Health Hardin while helping to improve healthcare in the region.

Baptist Health Hardin is an integrated system of providers and facilities serving approximately 400,000 residents in 10 central Kentucky counties: Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Breckinridge, Grayson, Nelson, Hart, Bullitt, Green and Taylor.

Contact Us to Learn More
Email Molly Priddy with the Kentucky Career Center-Lincoln Trail at
Text or call Beth Cassity, ECTC, at 270-268-0329

Steps To Getting Started


Reach out to us today!

Fill out the form below OR text/call Beth at 270-268-0329 to let us know you’re interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA). It’s really that simple!


We support you every step of the way.

A dedicated career advisor at Kentucky Career Center-Lincoln Trail will assist you in applying for a paid externship at Baptist Health Hardin, enrolling in courses at ECTC and determining if you’re eligible for tuition assistance. You also have the option to shadow a department at Baptist Health Hardin before you apply.


Choose the path fits your life.

Work at Baptist Health Hardin full or part time while you attend ECTC full or part time.


CNA certification is only 4 courses away.

Complete four courses at ECTC to prepare for the CNA-State Exam Certification.


You’re on your way!

With a paid externship at Baptist Health Hardin, you’re on your way to a career in healthcare!

Program Benefits

  • Learn while you earn with on-the-job training
  • Enter the program any time of year
  • Receive a CNA-State Exam Certification upon completion of the program
  • Work full- or part-time while you take classes full- or part-time
  • Be paired with a nursing assistant mentor at Baptist Health Hardin
  • Take college courses at ECTC
  • Explore allied health career pathways
  • Tuition assistance may be available for those who qualify through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other grants.

Nursing Assistant Extern responsibilities include:

Complete Four Courses at ECTC

  • NAA 100 - Nursing Assistant Skills (3 credits)
  • HSE 101 - Intro to Health Sciences (1 credit)
  • CPR - For Healthcare Professionals (1 credit)
  • AHS 115 - Medical Terminology (3 credits)

"This program was so easy to start, and I had support from day one. I loved the nursing area I was assigned to, and I had a great experience. Now I’m a part-time employee at Baptist Health Hardin. If you’re considering this program, reach out today. You’ll be glad you did!"

~Program Participant

Contact Us

We can get you connected and answer any questions you may have about starting a work-based learning opportunity. Find your future employees now!
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Email Molly Priddy with the Kentucky Career Center-Lincoln Trail at
Text or call Beth Cassity, ECTC, at 270-268-0329

Must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or GED. 

The Nursing Assistant Extern Program is a collaboration between Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions, Baptist Health Hardin, the Kentucky Career Center-Lincoln Trail and the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board.

The Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail helps match job seekers with local employment and training opportunities. Our business solutions team offers employers of all sizes and industries personalized support to build a competitive workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer.
Program is funded with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I funds through the Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet and the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board.
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