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, the 2018 average hourly wage for Nursing Assistants is $16.30 an hour.

Course Description

This accelerated 120-hour course will prepare students with the entry-level skills needed to work as a Certified Nurse Aide in long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics and home health agencies. A CNA may provide the following basic care to patients while under the direction of the nursing staff: bathe and dress patients; serve meals and assist patients with eating; assist patients with walking and transfer them into beds, wheelchairs, and exam tables; observe patients’ conditions; record food/liquid intake and output; take vital signs; answer patients’ call signals; turn or reposition patients who are bedridden; provide and empty bedpans; change bed sheets and restock rooms with necessary supplies.

State regulations require students to successfully complete 16 hours of specific instruction prior to the start of the clinical rotations. The college is not responsible if a student is unable to successfully complete the first 16 hours of this course. Students must also pass a criminal background check and drug screening through a MCC approved provider, and submit health documentation to the MCC Allied Health Coordinator before they can start clinical rotations. Students who do not meet these requirements are not allowed to begin clinical rotations or complete the course.

To sit for the state certification exam, students must attend a minimum of 100 hours of course time and achieve a passing grade of 70 or above. The Connecticut State Certified Nursing Aide Exam costs approximately $118 and is not included in the course fee. The instructor will inform students on the procedures and necessary paperwork needed to apply for the exam.

Registration Requirements

Registration for all non-credit allied health courses must be done in person at the Registrar’s Office.  Students cannot register over the phone or online for these courses.

All students must:

  1. have a high school diploma or GED
  2. pass a free MCC reading assessment test OR
  3. show an unofficial or official transcript with proof of a passing grade in any college-level course.

Free assessment tests are given at the Testing Center in SSC L131a. Please check the current credit-free catalog for Testing Center hours. No appointment is necessary. You may go directly to room SSC L-131a to take the test.  Please bring your photo ID and your high school diploma or GED with you.

Important Items to Complete After Registering

After registering for the course, students will be mailed an information packet with many time-sensitive items to complete.

  1. Students must complete a drug screening and criminal background check (an approximate $72 fee through MCC provider, Castle Branch). Complete these ASAP as results of these screenings may take up to two weeks to receive.
  2. and complete MCC’s medical form to show evidence of immunizations.

All instructions and forms will be mailed out to students in this packet and must be completed ASAP.  Students who fail either the drug screening or criminal background check can not participate in the course. Course refunds will NOT be granted due to failure of either the criminal background check or drug screening, unless a written refund request is received on or prior to the last business day before the first class meeting.

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
Textbook: 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. Students risk losing their spot in class if they do not pay for the course in full. Financial Aid is not available for non-credit courses, however some Scholarships and/or SNAP Benefit Scholarships may be available

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 (pages 3-5) of the latest non-credit course catalog.

Lorraine Doonan
Allied Health Program Coordinator
Continuing Education Division, Credit-Free Programs