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Certified Nursing Assistant


Certified Nursing Assistants

CNA, Nursing Assistant, Nurse AidCNAs, 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 70 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.
  • Successfully complete clinical training.

Time Commitment

  • 3 months in a traditional program or 4 weeks in an accelerated program.
  • 6 weeks theory, 15 hour skills lab clinical and 16 hours in a clinical site.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Provide health certification, TB Testing, and vaccination forms prior to the start of clinical training. These forms can be accessed directly from the workforce & Development  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.
  • Clean criminal background. Background check may be performed.
  • Provide a high school diploma or GED at the time of registration.
  • Lift at least 50 lbs in order to take part in clinical exercises. Students should be prepared for considerable physical activity in this class.

COVID-19 vaccine for students at clinical sites

Students who have internships (at hospitals, medical centers, clinics, etc.) connected to their academic studies at a CSCU institution, and who do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to medical or non-medical reasons, should apply for an exemption at that organization/site.  CSCU can only grant and control medical and non-medical exemptions on the college campus-not outside it.   We understand that some clinical/allied health sites may not allow for any exemptions, and if this is the case, we should work with the student to find an alternate suitable site.  If this cannot be accomplished, the student should be advised of this and may need to reevaluate their decision to not get the vaccine.

Spring 2022 Schedule Information – CRN #1261

  • Instructor:  Stephanie Majewski, RN
  • Instructional Method: TRAD (Traditional) – These are fully on ground classes. You will need to come to a specific classroom on campus at a specific time each day the class is held.
  • Dates: M,T,R 2/3/2022-4/21/2022
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.; Clinical 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Location:  C124, E243, and Clinical Site
  • Cost: $1,499
  • Registration deadline: 1/27/2022

Payment Information

• Cost: $1,499
• Includes all textbooks, but does not include cost of gait belt.
• Not included: scrubs, watch with a sweeping second hand, approved shoes, and
placement on the CT Nurse Aide Registry ($55 fee)
• Eligible for payment plan and tuition assistance
• May be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or SNAP funds

Register Today!

In Person
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Danielson Campus, Student Affairs Suite, Room C151
742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT 06239

By Phone
(860) 932-4005
Use your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover to register.

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.