Nursing assistants perform basic medical and patient care duties in home and healthcare settings, such as helping patients bathe, measuring their vital signs and reporting health concerns to registered nurses. While only one college in Rhode Island has a CNA program, other programs are offered through various organizations, nursing homes and career development centers. These short-term programs provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work professionally as nursing assistants. Some programs include practical training hours working with patients under supervision.
Community College of Rhode Island
Located in Warwick, the Community College of Rhode Island features a 120-hour CNA program that is available through day and evening classes. Students can complete the program in 6-10 weeks, depending on when classes are scheduled. The program teaches students about personal care skills, residents' rights, mental health services, and emergency procedures. Students also put in 32 hours of clinical training. Graduates of this program can apply up to six credits toward the college's Renal Dialysis Technology Certificate program.
Crossroads Rhode Island
Crossroads Rhode Island is based out of the YMCA in Providence and offers various services to the homeless community, including crisis intervention and case management, shelter and housing, and health and dental care. Among the programs offered through the organization's educational and vocational services is an 8-week CNA program that prepares students for the state exam. Classes are taught by registered nurses. In addition to the skills learned for the profession, students also gain skills in resume writing, job searching and job interviewing. Training toward CPR certification is also part of this program.
Saint Antoine Residence
Saint Antoine Residence in North Smithfield is a nursing and rehabilitative center. The 10-week CNA training program taught there is designated a Workforce Investment Act Eligible Training Program by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. Students learn through classroom and practical training in the field. The program also offers assistance to students who want to pursue career advancement opportunities.
In order to become certified, individuals need to pass a state exam. At least two of the profiled programs train students for the state licensing exam, although additional fees to take the test may apply.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Certified Nursing Assistant Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2019)|
|Community College of Rhode Island||2-year, public; small city||Certified Nursing Assistant Program||$860*|
|Crossroads of Rhode Island||Non-profit organization||Certified Nursing Assistant Training||N/A**|
|Saint Antoine Residence||Nursing and rehabilitative center||Certified Nursing Assistant Training||Free with acceptance***|
Sources: *Community College of Rhode Island, **Crossroads of Rhode Island, ***Saint Antoine Residence