quinebaug valley community college

Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), also known as nurses aides, work under the supervision of a nurse to provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks. Working closely with patients, CNAs are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. CNAs give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses.

Program Description

This course will provide students with the required training to obtain CNA certification in the state of Connecticut. Classroom lectures will cover all aspects of patient/resident/home care, including support for all activities of daily living, cultural diversity, death and dying, as well as managing a client with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

In order to successfully complete this course, students will be required to:

  • Achieve a 60 average on all quizzes, a 70 or better on the written final, and pass the five primary clinical skills in order to receive certification and placement on the Connecticut CNA registry.
  • Respect residents’ rights while undergoing clinical training. Any blatant violation of this agreement during clinical rotation will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.

Time Commitment
3 months in a traditional program or 4 weeks in an accelerated program.

Admission Requirements

  • Provide a high school diploma or GED at the time of registration
  • Take and score a 65 or greater on the reading portion of the Basic Skills Assessment test (BSA) and submit results at the time of registration.
  • Complete mandatory combined classroom and clinical hours. There will be NO make-up classes for missed hours.
  • Provide health certification and TB Testing forms prior to the start of clinical training. These forms can be accessed directly from the Community Engagement Office or through the college website. Failure to provide these forms before clinical rotations may result in removal from the class until the forms are completed. No refund will be granted for classes missed.
  • Lift at least 75 lbs in order to take part in clinical exercises. Students should be prepared for considerable physical activity in this class.
  • Demonstrated mastery of clinical competencies at clinical sites is required for certification; students are required to pass a background check for felony convictions to be admitted to the clinical portion of the program.

Payment Information
• Cost: $1,150
• Includes full background check
• Includes all textbooks and gait belt
• Not included: scrubs, watch with a sweeping second hand, approved shoes, and
placement on the CT Nurse Aide Registry ($55 fee)
• Textbooks will be distributed at the first class
• Eligible for payment plan and tuition assistance
• May be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds

Completion of program does not guarantee employment.

Refund Policy
A 100% refund will be granted up until five (5) business days before the start of your class as long as the request is made during normal business hours.

Employment Outlook

CNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities, assisted living facilities, and private homes. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of CNAs are expected to increase 18% from 2014-2024. This is much faster than average for all occupations due to the increasing long-term care needs of an aging population.

The average hourly wage in eastern Connecticut is $14.76 an hour.

The pay range in eastern Connecticut is between $25,708 – $33,571.