Certified Nurse Aide Program

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Program

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.

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.


  • Complete the TRCC Health Form
  • You must successfully complete our in-house Math and English Comprehension test, or provide proof of previous college credit.  Schedule your test BEFORE submitting your registration material at https://www.timecenter.com/trcc/ or call Sue (860) 215-9028 to schedule an appointment.

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.

Course Schedule

Spring 2021 – CRN#14442- Evening Session

Instructor:  Pam Smith & Elizabeth McBain

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays,2/16/21-03/30-21

Room: Tuesdays, in A206 and Thursdays online using WebEx and Blackboard Learn

First Class will be held in B116 to assist students with online technology

Lecture Dates: 2/16/21-3/30-21

Lecture Time: 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m

Clinical: TBD

Clinical Dates: 4/1/21-5/13-21 (Due to COVID, clinical may take place at Three Rivers Community College lab classroom

Clinical Times: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Registration Deadline: 2/9/21

Cost: $1,500, textbook and licensing fee included*

*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.

CEUs: 12

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.

Please do not scan and email the brochure back to us as it contains personal information. (SS#, birthdate, etc.). Please mail or fax back to us.

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SNAP and WIOA Eligible

The Certified Nurse Aide Program is WIOA and SNAP eligible.

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.