Certified Nurse Aide

Job Description

A Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) is a valuable member of the healthcare team who provides basic care  to patients and assists them with  activities of daily living. This important care includes, but is not limited to, observing patients’ conditions, recording  vital signs, providing  help with dressing, grooming, exercising and feeding.

Employment Outlook

CNA is a growing field with flexible hours and shift differentials that offers an excellent gateway into the medical field via hands-on experience with patients.

According to the CT Department of Labor (DOL), the 2018 average hourly wage for Nursing Assistants is $16.30 an hour.

Admission Requirements

Have you earned college credit?

IF YES: Bring a photo ID and a copy of your transcript and proceed directly to the Registrar’s Office to sign up.IF NO: You must take a reading comprehension test at no cost.

To take a comprehension test, call 860-512-2826 to set up an appointment to meet with the Program Coordinator of Credit-free Allied Health programs.  Please bring a photo ID and your high school diploma or GED with you. The test is usually given Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 1-5 p.m. and on Friday’s between 1-4 p.m. (except holidays), until the class fills.

Please note: A completed medical form is required the first day of classes to show evidence that the student is immunized and will not be putting patients at risk. Download CNA medical form.

Program Description

The Certified Nurse Aide training program is a 120-hour course designed to prepare students with the entry-level skills needed to work as a CNA. The program provides classroom and practical skill instruction at MCC, and clinical experience at an area long term care facility.

State regulations require that students successfully complete 16 hours of instruction in specific areas prior to the start of the clinical rotations. Students who fail to meet this requirement are not allowed to begin clinical rotations and are not eligible to complete the program. The college is not responsible if a student is unable to successfully complete the first 16 hours of class. Finally, students must attend a minimum of 100 hours and achieve a passing grade of 70 or above to sit for the State Exam.

Time Commitment

MCC’s program is offered in the Spring, Fall and Summer semesters.
Spring/Fall: Two nights and one weekend day for 15 weeks.
Summer: Four days a week for five weeks (No weekends).

Payment Information

Course Fee: $999
Textbooks: Approximately $122
Gait Belt: $12
State Exam Fee: $118

Students are required to wear a white uniform or scrubs, white shoes or sneakers, and a watch with a second hand to the clinical site.

Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

Easy Ways to Register

Online registration is not available for this course
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More Information

For more information about upcoming CNA classes, please see the Allied Health section of the latest credit-free catalog.

Manchester Community College
Continuing Education Division, Credit-Free Programs
Elaine Wiatr
Interim Allied Health Program Coordinator
Email: MA-AlliedHealthCE@manchestercc.edu