Certified Nurse Aide Program

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

What is a Certified Nurse Aide?

Certified Nurse Aides (CNA) are typically responsible for the general care of their patients. Duties will vary, depending on the specific needs of the patient. The most common responsibilities are taking and recording vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure; assisting them to and from their bed or chair as needed; and helping them with feeding and personal hygiene. CNAs may also assist doctors or nurses during medical procedures.

CNAs often work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LPN and the patient. In many cases, CNAs serve as the RNs or LPNs eyes and ears, and relays information between many patients and nurses.

Course Description

This 120-hour Certified Nurse Aide training program is designed to prepare individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a Certified Nurse Aide, the first step to a career in the medical field. Upon successful completion of the course, the graduate will be qualified to be placed on the State Certified Nurse Aide Registry.

Course topics include, but are not limited to:

  • giving basic nursing and personal care to patients
  • helping patients maintain or regain everyday tasks including eating, bathing, dressing, and toileting
  • communicating with patients and providing physical (includes heavy lifting) and emotional support to them
  • making patient observations and reporting them
  • participating in care planning

For further requirements and expectations, please refer to the Allied Health Information & Guideline Booklet provided to you at the time of registration.


Upon successful completion of this course, the graduate’s name will be placed on the State Certified Nurse Aide Registry. This is a CT state certification. Students who plan on moving, can still take this program, but need to go through the Prometric site to transfer their license to a different state.

Any person who has successfully completed a DPH approved nurse assistant training program (CNA) (has the skills) meets the training requirements necessary to take the homemaker-home health aide competency evaluation and be certified as Home Health Aide. Licensed home health agencies can administer this evaluation. Visit https://www.elicense.ct.gov/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx to find a list of licensed agencies.


  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. HEALTH FORM REQUIRED 2 weeks prior to clinical rotation date – Completion of Health Form with immunizations and two-step PPD is required to attend clinical for this program. Please complete the form with your medical provider. You can download the form here: TRCC Health Form.
  3. Clean criminal background. A criminal background check may be performed. Students who have a criminal record are denied access to clinical internship sites.
  4. In-person Entrance Exam or proof of recent college credit.
    1. To sign up for the Entrance Exam:
      1. Log onto www.timecenter.com/trcc
      2. Click on Workforce Test
      3. Complete the requested information. When asked for a Student ID number, please notate “non-credit” and the type of test you are taking (for example, Pharmacy Tech). You will receive a confirmation text or email of this scheduled appointment.
    2. Day of Exam: Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment to Room A117. There is no food or drink allowed in the Testing Center. There is no use of cell phones, headphones, notes, etc., during testing. Students must present a picture ID in order to enter the Testing Center

Required Supplies

  • White Top/Navy Bottom Scrubs
  • Closed Toe Shoes
  • A watch with a second hand

Course Schedule

Summer 2021    CRN# 51202

  • Instructor:  Pam Smith and Elizabeth McBain
  • Lecture
    • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6/3/21-7/15/21
    • Time: 5:00-9:30 p.m.
    • Location: Room A206
  • Clinical
    • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7/20/21 – 8/31/21
    • Time: 5:00-10:00 p.m.
    • Location: TBD
    • PRIOR TO CLINICAL you must provide proof of Immunization Records by completing the Health Form with your medical provider. See details above under Prerequisites.
  • Cost: $1,500, textbook and licensing fee included*
  • CEUs: 12
  • Registration Deadline: May 27th

*SNAP – eligible recipients – Please note this is not an enrichment program. The outcome of this training is employment. Please note that employment may directly impact your disability benefits.

Please Note: Students will be required to wear a mask to enter the college. Non-credit Allied Health students will be provided a mask to use during the duration of this course.

Register Now!

To register for this course, please visit our Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.

Please Note: It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms with your registration. A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment is received.

SNAP and WIOA Eligible