Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is one of the fastest routes to a career in healthcare. A CNA provides direct care, primarily in a long-term care facility, under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse. Primary duties include assisting residents with bathing, dressing, and toileting, serving meals, transfers from the bed to a wheelchair and back again, and measuring and recording vital signs. CNAs also change dressings, answer calls for help, keep proper records, and pass on critical observations to supervisors.
CNA classes prepare students with the basic medical knowledge and nursing skills to function as proficient members of the healthcare team. In addition to these essential competencies, nursing assistants must be compassionate, organized, attentive, accurate, and good communicators. While the majority of CNAs work in nursing homes, there may also be opportunities to work in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, hospice, and other health care facilities.
The CNA Prep School
The CNA Preparatory School prepares adults for the Certified Nursing Assistant exam. Experienced instructors educate and train students to assume the responsibilities of a nurse assistant in long-term and acute care facilities. Graduates will have the confidence and competence to succeed on the state certification exam and their role as Certified Nurse Assistant. The curriculum will cover 102 clock hours of theory and practical instruction. Course topics include the role and responsibilities of a nurse aide, basic nursing skills, infection control, anatomy and physiology, range of motion exercises, patient safety, feeding and nutrition, and hospice care. The duration of the program is two weeks. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm for theory during the first week and Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm for the clinical experience. Strict attendance is required. Students must arrange to make up for classes missed. Graduation from the program requires a grade of 70% or above on all courses.
- Demonstrate reading and comprehension skills at an eighth-grade level
- Complete a criminal background check
- Provide documentation of immunization
Tuition costs $825.
- Website: http://www.cnaprepschool.com/
- Address: 255 Meloy Road, West Haven, CT 06516
- Phone: 203-859-5505
- Fax: 203-859-5505
- Email: [email protected]
Stone Academy prepares adults for a career as a nursing assistant in just four weeks. The curriculum covers 125 hours of classroom theory and clinical experience to prepare graduates for success on the written and skills components of the state competency exam. The classroom theory covers patient rights and independence, law and ethics, nutrition, infection control, basic nursing skills, vital signs, fluid intake and output, personal care skills, patient transfers, rehabilitative treatments, and patient safety. During the skills lab and clinical experience, students will learn the 25 nurse aide skills and other competencies related to a nurse aide’s duties. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the State of Connecticut’s CNA certification exam that is conveniently offered on campus. Day, evening and weekend schedules are available. The day class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. The evening class meets Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The weekend schedule meets on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
- Interview with an Admission’s Representative
- Complete an Enrollment Agreement
- Pay the registration fee of $25
- Sign off on a Hepatitis B immunization form
- Submit a completed Physical Exam form
Tuition for the program is $525.
- Website: https://www.stone.edu/cna-program-in-ct/
- Address: 560 Saw Mill Road, West Haven, CT 06516
- Phone: (203) 288-7474
- Fax: (203) 288-8869
- Toll-free: (800) 585-1315
American Red Cross
The Nurse Aide program at the American Red Cross takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks depending on the schedule. The program includes lectures and demonstrations in the classroom, hands-on experience in a simulated lab, and supervised patient care experiences in a skilled nursing facility. Instructors emphasize the effective communication and the Art of Caregiving. Graduates can request a testing date to take the State Competency Evaluation. Class sizes are small to facilitate personalized instruction. The day classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm for three weeks. The clinical sessions are scheduled for the fourth week and meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:15 pm. The evening classes meet Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm for the first 6 weeks and Monday through Thursday from 4:45 pm to 11:00 pm for the final week. CPR/First Aid/AED training will be scheduled during the training and is included in the cost.
- Have a valid photo ID
- Complete and pass a criminal background check
- Take and pass an entrance exam – will cover reading comprehension, basic math, and writing
- Complete the ARC physical exam form
- Obtain TB clearance
Tuition costs $1,250 and includes textbook and graduation certificate.
- Website: https://www.redcross.org/local/connecticut/take-a-class/cna-new-haven-ct
- Address: 20 Church St, New Haven, CT
- Phone: 203-234-2115
West Haven Adult Education Office- West Haven High School
The Certified Nursing Assistant program at the West Haven Adult Education Office covers 100 contact hours of classroom and clinical hours. Students learn principles of infection control, basic nursing skills, measuring and recording vital signs, observing patients, assisting residents with personal care, transferring patients from the bed to wheelchair, patient safety, patient rights and independence, the laws and ethics that govern practice, rehabilitation and restorative techniques, and other skills required for the provision of direct care. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the state competency exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide.
- Website: http://www.whschools.org/adult_education
- Address: 1 McDonough Plaza, West Haven, Connecticut 06516
- Phone: 203-937-4375
The New Haven Adult & Continuing Education Center
The Certified Nursing Assistant program at The New Haven Adult and Continuing Education Center prepares students for certification as a nurse aide. The curriculum delivers 110 hours of theory and practical instruction. Students who successfully complete the classroom requirements will be recommended for participation in the clinical experience, which will take place in a long-term care facility. Some essential topics covered will include the role and responsibilities of the nursing assistant, patient safety, infection control, personal care, and law and ethics. The daytime class meets from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. The evening class meets Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
- Be 18 years or older
- Complete a physical and PPD exam
- Take and pass a reading placement test
Tuition costs $975 and includes textbook, shoes, uniform, supplies, nurse aide pin, state certification test, and materials. Applicants must deposit $500 upon registration for the program. The balance must be paid by the first day of class.
- Website: http://www.nhaec.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=342577&type=d
- Address: 580 Ella T. Grasso Boulevard, New Haven, CT 06519
- Phone: (203) 492-0213