Schools with CNA training options usually offer short programs consisting of classroom courses with hands-on training, as well as periods of supervised clinical practice in medical settings. These programs are designed to meet state requirements and are often available at community colleges and vocational schools, although nursing homes, high schools and medical facilities may also offer them. Students learn to take vital signs, observe patients and report to nurses, help patients with personal tasks and assist nurses with setting up and operating equipment. Graduates are prepared for their state's CNA competency exam and may be added to their state's registry after passing.
Housatonic Community College
Located in Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, Housatonic Community College is a public college offering a variety of associate degrees and certificate programs. The non-credit Certified Nurse Aide Program prepares students for work in hospitals, hospices or nursing homes, assisting nurses in caring for patients. The program includes 12 weeks of courses for a total of 108 hours. Instruction includes lectures, labs and hands-on clinical training in patient care.
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut, offers students associate degree and certificate programs, as well as a long list of community education classes. Students in the college's CNA certificate program learn through lectures, simulated patient care labs and actual clinical settings, such as medical centers. After successful completion of the program, students take the Competency Skills and Written Examination at the college before registering with the state's nurse aide registry. The cost of the examination is included in the tuition.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Program Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Housatonic Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||CNA Program||$4,404 (in-state), $13,172 (out-of-state)*|
|Naugatuck Valley Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||CNA Certificate||$4,424 (in-state); $13,192 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator