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 daycare 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.

Course Description

The 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

Please note: Students must have reliable transportation to clinical sites assigned by the instructor. Clinical dates are assigned based off of the site availability. Request are taken, but not always granted.


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.

HLTH 2097 Health Elective (3 credits) can be awarded through the credential assessment process and applied toward the Certified Medical Assistant AS Degree. To earn credit through this option, an individual must submit documentation validating national and/or state certification or licensure to the Program Coordinator for evaluation of credentials.

A final grade of 70 (C-) or higher is required to pass this course.


NOTE: Background checks are required for most allied health positions. Students with felony convictions may have difficulty obtaining employment in these fields.

  1. At least 16 years of age.
  2. HEALTH FORM REQUIRED in order to register for the program. Completion of the Health Form 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. COVID-19 vaccination and booster required
  4. Clean criminal background. A criminal background check may be performed.
  5. In-person Entrance Exam or proof of recent college credit.Note: Waiver for testing will be considered for those who have provided proof of prior college MATH and English courses. This requirement is waived for any students who submit SAT or ACT scores that match.
    • Call (860) 215-9028 to schedule Math and English Comprehension test.

COVID-19 vaccine for students at clinical sites

Students who have internships (at hospitals, medical centers, clinics, etc.) connected to their academic studies at a CSCU institution, and who do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to medical or non-medical reasons, should apply for an exemption at that organization/site.  CSCU can only grant and control medical and non-medical exemptions on the college campus-not outside it.   We understand that some clinical/allied health sites may not allow for any exemptions, and if this is the case, we should work with the student to find an alternate suitable site.  If this cannot be accomplished, the student should be advised of this and may need to reevaluate their decision to not get the vaccine.

Required Supplies

Students are required to provide:

  • Navy Blue Scrubs
  • Closed Toe Shoes
  • A watch with a second hand, available at TRCC bookstore
  • Gait belt, available on AMAZON ($10)

Course Schedule

Summer 2024 CRN# 80055

  • Instructor: Renee Witkovic
  • Instructional Method: Traditional – These classes are fully on campus. For more information about Instructional Methods, visit here.
  • Lecture/Lab
      • Dates: 6/25/24 – 7/30/24 (No class on 7/4/24)
      • Day and Time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 8:30am-2:30pm
      • Location: Room A206
  • Clinical
      • Dates:  7/15/24 – 7/31/24
      • Days and Time: Monday/Wednesday 7:30am – 3:30pm
      • Location: Offsite
  • Cost: $1,999.00 textbook and licensing fee included* Students will receive textbook on the first day of class
  • Registration Deadline: 6/18/24

Summer 2024 CRN# 80056

  • Instructor: Evelyn Corda
  • Instructional Method: Hybrid – These classes combine meetings held either online or on-campus at a specified time. For more information about Instructional Methods, visit here.
  • Lecture
      • Dates: 6/09/24 – 7/28/24 (No class on 7/4/24)
      • Day and Time: Online
      • Location: Online
  • Lab
      • Dates: 7/2/24, 7/3/24, & 7/9/24 
      • Days and Time: Tuesday/Wednesday 3:00pm – 8:0opm
      • Location: Room A206
  • Clinical
      • Dates: 7/11/24 – 7/26/24
      • Days and Time: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3:00pm – 9:00pm
      • Location: Offsite
  • Cost: $1,999.00 textbook and licensing fee included* Students will receive textbook on the first day of class
  • Registration Deadline: 6/02/24

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 are received.

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