Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Certification

The next CNA course will start in September 2023. Registration opens 7/1.

Course Description

Certified Nurse Aide (On Campus)-SNAP Eligible

Course Overview: This course will prepare students with the skills and pre-requisites to sit for Connecticut’s Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) certification exam and work as a CNA in the state of CT. CNAs work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and home health agencies. A CNA provides basic care to patients while under the supervision of the nursing staff. The course consists on-campus, in-person classes and four weekend clinical sessions at HarborChase in South Windsor.

Course Completion: For successful completion of this course, students must earn a grade of 70 or above, attend all lab classes and all clinical sessions.  

Clinical Rotation Hours: To participate in clinical rotation hours and pass this course, all students must: have a cumulative passing grade in current assignments/tests/quizzes with no missing assignments. Students must also: pass a background check and drug screening through MCC’s provider, CastleBranch, (an additional fee of $72), show documentation of immunizations (including COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot), a recent physical, documentation of health insurance, and successfully complete the first 16 hours of specific classroom instruction on safety and C.N.A. skills in the lab. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be allowed to participate in clinical rotation hours, are not eligible to pass the course, and are not eligible for a refund. An information packet with further information will be emailed to each student once the course fee is paid.   

Certification Exam: The Connecticut State Certified Nurse Aide Exam costs $118 and is not included in the course fee. After completing the course, each student will be given the documentation needed to register for the CT certification exam administered by Prometric. See www.prometric.com/nurseaide/ct for more information. 

Course Supplies: Internet access and a computer with a microphone and webcam. Lippincott Textbook for Nursing Assistants, 5th Edition (ISBN 9781975108502) and Workbook for Lippincott Textbook for Nursing Assistants, 5th Edition (ISBN 9781975108540) available at the MCC Bookstore (approximately $120). Students will also need to purchase a gait belt, one pair of white scrubs (a top and bottom), white slip-resistant sneakers, a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, a watch with a second hand and obtain a free MCC student ID badge. 

Registration Requirements: Students must be at least 16 years old at the start of class and fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to register for this class; no exceptions. Payment in full is due at time of registration.  

Job Description

CNAs are in high demand right now. A Certified Nurse Aide 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, and 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 2019 average hourly wage for Nursing Assistants was $16.77 an hour.

Registration Information

Please see our registration page for more information.

Drops and Refunds

Payment is due in full at time of registration.  Non-credit courses do not qualify for financial aid or payment plans. Students will not be dropped for non-payment.  If a student registers for the course but does not pay, they will be billed regardless of whether they attend. Please see the Non-credit Registration page for Refund Policy.

Financial aid is not available for non-credit courses (such as the CNA course), however some scholarships and/or SNAP benefit scholarships may be available.

*Check The CT Department of Public Health for up-to-date regulations and requirements.

More Information

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

Contact: CEinfo@manchestercc.edu