CNA Certification in Massachusetts with School Overviews

Jul 19, 2019

There are six schools in Massachusetts that offer certified nurse aide (CNA) training programs. Read an overview of these programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

There are a total of six schools in Massachusetts that offer CNA training programs. Of these six schools, only four are non-profit institutions. Each of the programs offered by these four schools prepare graduates to take the state's certification exams.

Bunker Hill Community College

Located in Boston, Bunker Hill Community College offers a nurse aide/home health aide training program approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Registry. This program requires completion of 7-course-credit hours, which takes one semester of study. Its curriculum includes a practicum. Graduates can work in long-term care facilities or private homes.

Greater Lowell Technical School

This school, which is located in Tyngsboro, offers a Nurse Assistant Training Program as part of its adult post-secondary career and technical programs. The training program includes both classroom instruction and a practicum. The practicum occurs at a local long-term care facility.

Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College, which is located in Bedford, enrolls about 10,000 students. The college offers a nurse assistant training program that includes 100 hours of study, including 23 hours of hands-on experience. Topics covered in the program include lifting and turning patients, patient rights, taking vital signs, safety and infection control.

North Shore Community College

Situated in Danvers, this college offers a nurse assistant training program that prepares graduates for certification as both a nurse aide and home health aide. Students in the program learn how to about taking vital signs, keeping medical records and basic personal care. The program's curriculum includes a practicum at a local nursing home.

Career Requirements

Massachusetts requires that nurse aides complete training programs and pass state exams as part of the certification process. Upon passage of the certification exams, nurse aides in the state are placed on a registry for active employment. Read about the available CNA training programs offered at the following four non-profit institutions.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Nurse Aide Training Program Offered Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Bunker Hill Community College 2-year, public; large city* Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide Training Program $196/credit, in-state
$402/credit, out-of-state*
Greater Lowell Technical School < 2-year, public; large suburb* Nurse Assistant Training Program $6,500, in-district
$9,500, out-of-district
$10,500, out-of-state*
Middlesex Community College 2-year, public; large suburb* Nurse Assistant/Home Health Certification Training $1,350/semester*
North Shore Community College 2-year, public; large suburb* Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate $1,279/semester*

Source: *Schools' Websites

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