Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Certification Program

Registration is now open.
The next class starts September 9, 2021.  See complete dates below.
Email cschultz@manchestercc.edu for more information. 


Students must be at least 16 years of age by the start date of the class and must have a parent/guardian sign a liability waiver to participate in clinical rotations.

Course Description

Certified Nurse Aide (On Campus) SNAP Eligible

This 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, groom and dress patients; serve meals and assist patients with eating; assist patients with walking and transfer them to beds, wheelchairs, and exam tables; observe patients’ conditions, record food/liquid intake and output and take vital signs; answering patients’ call signals; turn or reposition patients who are confined to bed; provide and empty bedpans; change bedsheets and restock rooms with necessary supplies.

Students must pass a criminal background check and drug screening through an MCC-approved provider and submit immunization records (including Covid-19 vaccine and flu shot) to the MCC Allied Health Coordinator before they can start clinical rotations. An information packet with further information will be emailed to each student after registration and payment are received. State regulations require students to successfully complete 16 hours of specific instruction prior to the start of the clinical rotations and 16 hours of clinical experience. Students who fail to meet this requirement are not allowed to begin clinical rotations, are not eligible to complete the program, and cannot receive a tuition refund.

To sit for the state certification exam, students must attend a minimum of 100 hours of course time, achieve a passing grade of 70 or above, and miss no more than two classes. After the third absence, a student is no longer eligible to pass the course or to sit for the certification exam. The Connecticut State Certified Nursing Aide Exam costs approximately $118 and is included in the course fee. The instructor provides students with information about the procedures and necessary paperwork needed to apply for the exam. The CT Prometric CNA Exam will be offered the week of November 29; exact date and time to be determined.

Course Supplies: The textbook required is Nursing Assistants: A Humanistic Approach to Caregiving by Carter, 4th edition, Lippincott (ISBN 9781496323521) textbook/workbook/video bundle (approximately $122), at the MCC Bookstore. Students must also purchase a gait belt, approximate cost of $12 at the MCC Bookstore, and an MCC student ID available for free at MCC’s AST Info Desk. Students are required to wear white scrubs, white sneakers and a watch with a second hand to the clinical site and on-campus lab classes. Bring a lunch to the clinical sessions.

Registration Requirements: Students must be at least 16 years of age by the start date of the class and if under 18 a parent/guardian must complete a liability waiver for them to participate in clinical rotations. After registration and payment, students must complete a criminal background check and drug screening through an MCC-approved provider (approximate $72 fee). Results of these screenings may take up to two weeks to receive. If a student fails either screening, he or she will not be able to participate in clinical rotations or 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 by the Allied Health refund deadline.

CRN 30878 | Fee: $1,400
20 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays | 9/8-11/22 | 6-9 p.m.
LRC Rooms B125 and B129
8 On-Campus Lab Sessions | Tuesdays | 9/21-11/9 | 6-9 p.m.
LRC Room B125 and LRC B129
4 clinical sessions at Woodlake in Tolland | Saturday and Sunday | 11/6, 11/7, 11/13, and 11/14 | 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Instructors: Andrea Dillon, RNC, MEd, Amy Michanzyck LPN, Kevin King RN, and Amanda Tini, LPRN.

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 $16.58 an hour.

Registration Information

Please see our registration page for more information.

Drops and Refunds

Payment 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.

Carleigh Schultz
Director of Non-credit Programs
Continuing Education Division