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 (CNA) 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. See more information below. 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.

Prerequisites: a high school diploma or GED, a passing grade on MCC’s Reading Assessment Test (free) given at the MCC Testing Center in SSC L131a, or a passing grade in any college level course (bring official transcript to register).

Registration Requirements:

All students must have a high school diploma or GED. They must also pass a free MCC reading assessment test or show an official transcript with proof of a passing grade in any college level course. The reading assessment test is given at the MCC Testing Center in SSC L131a.

Have you earned college credit?

  • IF YES: Bring a photo ID and a copy of your official college transcript to the Registrar’s Office to register for the course.
  • IF NO: You must take a reading comprehension test here at MCC at no cost. The test is given every Monday-Wednesday, 8-11 a.m. and Thursday, 8-10 a.m. (except holidays). 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
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