CNA Classes Denver, CO

There are several free CNA training opportunities available in the state of Colorado. Apart from government grants, nursing homes and other long-term healthcare facilities provide free training with the promise to hire successful graduates. In order to work as a CNA, candidates must obtain certification – this according to Colorado’s Nurse Aide Practice Act. Before taking the state’s certification exam, candidates must complete 75 hours of lecture and laboratory training along with a minimum of 16 hours of clinical training at an approved facility. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the exam and must pass both segments within one year of completing the approved training. The names of successful candidates are automatically added to the Colorado Nurse Aide Registry.

Emily Griffith Technical College

Emily Griffith’s Nurse Assisting program meets state certification requirements. After completion of the program, successful graduates are eligible to take the state certification exam. The first segment of the program is Nurse Aide Health Care Skills (4 credits) and covers basic nursing principles, communication, personal care, safety and emergency, principles of asepsis, patient rights, mental health, and OSHA regulations. The final segment, Nurse Aide Clinical Experience (1 credit), helps students put their knowledge into practice under the direction of a Registered Nurse. The curriculum will cover 107 contact hours of instruction. The duration of the daytime class is 8 weeks and the evening class is 13 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Take and pass an admission reading test
  • Attend a student orientation
  • Provide proof of a negative TB test

Tuition for the program is $933. Books, uniform, and state exam fee are not included in the cost.

Pima Medical Institute

Enroll in the nursing assistant program at Pima Medical Institute and become a certified nurse aide in just 6 weeks. The 4.5-credit program provides 125 hours of training: 85 hours lecture/lab and 40 hours externship. Instructors cover a broad range of topics (all within the state’s guidelines) including infection control, safety and emergency procedures, psychosocial needs, communication and interpersonal skills, personal care skills, basic restorative services, basic nursing skills, and quality improvement. The duration of the program is 6 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Attend an information session
  • Submit a completed application
  • Provide documentation of completing high school or equivalent
  • Complete a negative TB test
  • Must pass a background check
  • Provide proof of immunization

The cost of the program is $1,621. It includes textbooks, lab supplies, uniforms, and tax.

Ann Rose School of Nursing

With only 12 students per class, the CNA training at Ann Rose School of Nursing offers a unique and personalized approach. Ann Rose offers hands-on training, access to practice site, and a high pass rate of 78%. Students meet 15 days for classroom training and 2 days for clinical experience for a total of 76 contact hours. A fast-track option is available for students to complete the program in just 8 days. The state exam is administered two weeks after completing the class requirements. After completion of the program, graduates are eligible to the state exam at Ann Rose’s state-approved facility. Day and evening schedules are available.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application – part-time or fast track
  • Pass a background check
  • Provide proof of flu shot
  • Complete a negative TB screen

The program cost of $1,000 includes books and background check. Students must cover the cost for uniforms, watch with a second hand, and state exam.

Community College of Denver

The Community College of Denver’s 5-credit CNA training program is available in January, March, May, August and October. Class sizes are limited to 10 seats, and all students must take the co-requisite NUA 101 and NUA 170 classes during the study. The curriculum includes theory and practical instruction to prepare students for state certification. Areas of study include fundamentals of nursing, basic nursing skills, infection control, communication, and much more. Students are eligible to take the state exam after completion of the full seven weeks of the program. Day and evening classes are offered to meet various student needs.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be a current CCD student to register for the class
  • Complete medical history forms including MMR vaccination, TB test, flu shot, and hepatitis B
  • Complete a background check prior to admission to the program
  • Must demonstrate college readiness by taking a placement test or meeting the ACT/SAT score requirements
  • Submit the online application for the program
  • Register and pay for classes
  • Attend a student orientation

Tuition costs $1,103 for resident students. Associated costs include background check, immunization, scrubs, gait belt, NNAAP exam, textbook and workbook, and fees.

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  • Address: 1111 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80204-2026
  • Phone: (303) 365-8300

Compass Nursing Arts

The nursing assistant program at Compass Nursing Arts is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The instruction includes classroom lectures and practical learning experiences in a simulated lab and long-term care facility. Course topics include infection control, communication, patient rights and independence, law and ethics, personal hygiene, vital signs, observation and reporting, rehabilitation and restorative techniques, range of motion, and mental health. Students must attend all classes, complete all assignments, pass all exams, and attend all clinical days to graduate from the program. Compass Nursing Arts offer students the use of high-quality blood pressure and stethoscope kits for practice at home, day, evening, and full power classes. A flexible, partially online class is also available. The day or hybrid flex class meets weekdays from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm for 9 to 12 class sessions plus 3 full (8-hour) days for the clinical experience. Evening classes meet at 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm for 3 weeks plus three clinical days. The Power class meets from 8:030 to 5:00 pm for 8 days plus 3 days for the clinical session.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be able to speak, read, and write English
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must pass a background check
  • Complete a satisfactory drug test
  • Submit documentation of immunization – flu vaccine, negative TB test

The total cost of the program is $1,075. It includes tuition, textbook, skill videos, open lab practice, background check, and lab supplies.

South Denver School of Nursing Arts

The nursing assistant program at the South Denver School of Nursing Arts is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. Students who enroll in the program will obtain the preparation and experience in patient care, basic nursing assistant procedures, safety and emergency care, and practical skills. The curriculum includes 104 hours of instruction including classroom lectures and the required clinical experience. Experienced instructors supply free practice sessions before the exam and accompany students to the clinical experience. The class size is limited to 10 students to allow personalized instruction. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the state exam in the facility. The program is offered on a morning and evening schedule. A new class begins every 4 to 6 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 16 years and enrolled in high school
  • Obtain a negative TB test
  • Attend an interview with an Admissions Representative
  • Take and pass the entrance exam

Tuition includes BLS and First Aid Certification, background check, textbook, drug screen, uniform, gait belt, parking, student ID badge, and the State Board exam fee.

Red Rocks Community College

Red Rocks Community College conducts a nursing assistant program with the approval of the Colorado State Board of Nursing. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the state certification exam. With the completion of just 5 credit hours, students will be prepared for a career in healthcare. RRCC offers flexible class schedules that meet students learning needs and availability. The 4-credit CNA Health Care Skills module teaches students how to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide. Students learn basic nursing skills, personal care skills, communication skills, principles of asepsis, ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity, mental health, and OSHA and HIPPA regulation. The clinical experience gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in NUA 101.

Admission criteria:

  • Apply for admission to RRCC
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Demonstrate college-level English comprehension
  • Obtain student ID and register for the class
  • Must provide documentation of BLS for Health Care Providers Certification
  • Complete a background check and drug screen
  • A complete statement of health care provider including a TB test, seasonal flu shot, and all vaccinations
  • Complete a satisfactory background check and drug test.

Tuition costs $136.90 per credit hour. Additional costs apply.


Crystal G

Crystal is a certified Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for writing about nursing education. Through her articles, Crystal shares insights and tips to help fellow nurses enhance their skills and stay updated with the latest developments in the field. With a focus on practical advice and relevant topics, Crystal's writing is a valuable resource for nursing professionals seeking to advance their careers.