Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Certification

Take this class for free! This course is eligible for Career ConneCT scholarships. To check if you qualify, visit the Career ConneCT website and click register to apply. MCC Foundation Scholarships may also be available.

Register for the fall CNA course here.

Fall 2024 Schedule: 

CRN 80664 | Fee: $1,999
26 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays | 9/4-12/9 (registration deadline 8/26)
9 a.m.-1 p.m. | LRC Room B105
Clinicals: Saturdays and Sundays | 11/2, 11/3, 11/9 & 11/10 | 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Mondays | 11/4 & 11/11 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Portland Care and Rehab Centre
State Exams: 12/9 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (written) | 12/11 & 12/14 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (clinical – by appointment)
Instructor: Susan Jahn, LPN and Andrea Dillon, RN, M.Ed

Course Description

Course Overview: 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; answer patients’ call signals; turn or reposition patients who are confined to bed; provide and empty bedpans; change bed sheets and restock rooms with necessary supplies.

Clinical Rotation Hours: Students must pass a criminal background check and drug screening through a CT State- approved provider and submit immunization records (including COVID-19 vaccine, booster and flu shot) to the  Director of WDCE before they can start clinical rotations. An information packet with further information will be emailed to each student after registration and payment is received. State regulations require students to successfully complete 16 hours of specific instruction prior to the start of the clinical rotations.

Students who fail to meet these requirements are not allowed to begin clinical rotations, are not eligible to complete the program, and cannot receive a tuition refund. All students must have reliable transportation to class and clinical sites.

Course Exam: 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 Nurse Aide Exam fee is included in the course fee. The exam is held on campus at the end of the course.

Course Supplies: The textbook, workbook, a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff, and a gait belt are included in the cost of the course and will be distributed to students on the first night of class.  Students must purchase their own navy-blue medical scrubs (top and bottom) and slip-resistant sneakers. Finally, students must obtain a Manchester student photo ID (available for free at the AST Information Desk). All students need access to a computer and reliable internet, webcam, and microphone for the remote class sessions.

Registration Requirements: Students must be at least 16 years of age by the start date of 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 will receive an information packet with more information.

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 2023 average hourly wage for Nursing Assistants was $18.43 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. Please see the Non-credit Registration page for Refund/Drop Policy. Although financial aid is not available for non-credit courses (such as the CNA course),  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

Contact: CEinfo@manchestercc.edu