Nursing aide training programs are most commonly available at 2-year schools that offer health care programs, and they usually lead to diplomas or certificates. These programs are typically approved by the school's state and prepare individuals for nursing assistant certification. Students in these programs complete both classroom and hands-on clinical training. Some schools offer continuing education for graduates in the form of associate's degree programs in nursing for nursing aides who aspire to work as registered nurses.
Norwalk Community College
Norwalk Community College (NCC) in Norwalk, Connecticut, offers a certified nurse aide certificate program. Students participate in a combination of hands-on training and classroom coursework, with required credits in pharmacology, family health, mathematics and reading. Graduates may continue their education with the school's patient care technician program, which emphasizes training in medical equipment, phlebotomy techniques and other advanced hospital nursing duties. They can also choose to pursue a nursing associate's degree to qualify for registered nursing licensure.
Stone Academy - East Hartford
While Stone Academy - East Hartford offers a variety of medical programs, such as medical assisting, medical office administration and licensed practical nursing, the patient care associate diploma program emphasizes the skills required to become a certified nursing aide. Students complete both classroom and hands-on clinical training hours to learn about CPR, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, phlebotomy, medical emergency procedures, first aid and the use of medical equipment such as an electrocardiogram machine (EKG). Students may pursue nursing assistant or home health aide certification during the program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Program Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Norwalk Community College||2-year, public; small city||Certified Nurse Aide Certificate||$4,052 (in-state), $12,116 (out-of-state)*|
|Stone Academy - East Hartford||<2-year, private for-profit; small city||Patient Care Associate Diploma||$7,425 (for nursing assistant program)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator