Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Certification Program

The next CNA course starts February 2021. Email CEinfo@manchestercc.edu for more information.

Become a certified CNA in one semester.

Typical Course Fee and Fall 2020 Schedule

  • Fee: $1,150
  • Books: $130
  • 22 virtual sessions via Zoom
  • 11 weeks
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 PM via Zoom
  • Clinical: TBD (usually Saturdays and Sundays 7am-3:30pm)
  • Instructor: Andrea Dillon RNC, MEd

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 2019 average hourly wage for Nursing Assistants was $16.58 an hour.

Course Description

This 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.

Clinical Rotation Hours

Clinical hours will be completed when sites reopen from the pandemic. The reduced requirement approved by the Department of Public Health is 16 hours. To participate in clinical rotation hours, state regulations require that all students must first pass a background check and drug test through MCC’s provider, Castle Branch (approximately a $72 fee), show documentation of a current physical exam, show documentation of up-to-date vaccines, and test negative for COVID-19. Students who fail to meet these requirements will not be allowed to participate in clinical rotation hours and are not eligible to pass the course or sit for the certification exam.

Background Check

Instructions on how to complete this screening will be emailed to students in a welcome packet after they register for the course. It is advised that students complete these tests as soon as possible since it may take up to two weeks to receive the results. Any criminal charge or pending charge will flag as failure of the screening and students will not be allowed to continue in the course or attend clinicals. Course refunds will NOT be granted due to failure of the criminal background check or drug screening, unless a refund request is emailed to CEinfo@manchestercc.edu on or prior to the last business day before the first meeting of class. Do not register for this course if you think you will not pass a background check or drug screening.

Connecticut State Certified Nursing Aide Exam:

The cost of the exam is approximately $118 and is not included in this course fee. The instructor will provide students with the information needed to apply for the exam. To sit for the exam, students must complete all course assignments, quizzes and exams (online via Blackboard), participate in all virtual, live class sessions, complete the required clinical hours (currently as of 7-14-2020, the requirement is 16 hours) and achieve a passing grade of 70 or above.

Required Textbook

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 for approximately $120 or most online retailers.

Welcome Letter

A welcome letter containing additional information will be emailed to students after registration.

Registration Information
Payment in full is due at the time of registration. 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. To receive a refund, students must drop the course before 5 p.m. the last business day before the start date of the course.

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.

More Information

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

Carleigh Schultz
Director of Non-Credit Programs
Continuing Education Division