• Cost $1,999

    Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time. Textbooks and exams included in price.

  • Commitment > 6 months

  • Terms Offered Fall, Spring, Summer

Certified Nurse Aide students practice

Get your foot in the door of career in medical patient care with a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) certificate.

This program is intended for adults who are interested in entering the healthcare field. It will prepare you for employment in both public and private agencies. You’ll learn how to care for people who need help in caring for themselves through a combination of classroom lecture, lab and clinical training at a local skilled nursing facility. Upon completion of the course, you’ll be able to perform basic nursing skills and recognize areas of safety for both patients and yourself. This course prepares you to take the State of Connecticut CNA Exam and you’ll become eligible for the Connecticut State Nurse Aide Registry.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate of complete and the graduate’s name will be placed on the State Certified Nurse Aide Registry. This is a CT state certification. Students who plan on moving can still take this program but need to go through the Prometric site to transfer their license to a different state.

Any person who has successfully completed a DPH-approved nurse assistant training program (CNA) (has the skills) meets the training requirements necessary to take the homemaker-home health aide competency evaluation and be certified as Home Health Aide. Licensed home health agencies can administer this evaluation. Find a list of licensed agencies here.

In this course you'll learn how to:

CNA talks to patient in wheelchair
  • perform basic nursing and patient care skills
  • help patients maintain or regain everyday tasks including eating, bathing, dressing and toileting
  • communicate with patients and provide physical (includes heavy lifting) and emotional support to them
  • make patient observations and report on them
  • participate in care planning
  • describe the role and scope of practice of the nurse aide in the healthcare system
  • demonstrate safe practice with regards to environmental safety, infection control, patient safety and safety of self
  • demonstrate proper methods for assisting residents with activities of daily living
  • describe vital sign parameters
  • describe basic structure and function of the body
  • identify normal versus abnormal patient conditions and list those that must be reported
  • describe the role of the CNA when caring for a patient with special needs

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age (There is no age requirement for CNAs in the State of Connecticut.)
  • Completed health form, signed by your physician
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including booster
  • Reliable transportation to clinical sites
  • Criminal background check (may be required).

    Some training programs may require drug testing or background checks of students.

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