August 10, 2017 Kenneth Colangelo

Certified Nurse Aide Training

CNAs provide both medical and non-medical direct patient care. They are typically supervised by registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in a variety of health care settings. CNAs perform tasks such as taking vital signs; assisting patients in transfer and ambulation; answering call lights; making beds; monitoring patients and reporting changes; collecting samples for testing; providing for patient hygiene; feeding patients; monitoring food and liquid intake/output as well as providing emotional support.

You may qualify for WIOA course financing assistance.

CNA Application

This program is offered in spring, summer, and fall semesters. For detailed information on course start and end dates, open the application form.

CNA Application

Your application will be forwarded to the Allied Health Coordinator for consideration. Upon acceptance, you will be notified in writing and given further instructions to complete your enrollment.

Once you are accepted, tuition must be paid to the College within five business days of notification.  Refunds may be obtained only if your written withdrawal is received by the Continuing Education Office three business days prior to the mandatory orientation session.

Employment Outlook

Overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. CNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities and home care agencies. They work days, nights, weekends, evenings, and or holidays, but are usually paid a differential for working off hours or holidays. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients. The median salary in Connecticut is $33,835.

Certified Nurse Aide Program Description

This program is designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to function as a CNA under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The student will learn the roles and responsibilities of the CNA as a member of the health team who will provide care to the patient. Essential care skills are practiced in a laboratory setting and then at a long-term care facility. A passing grade of 75 or higher, 100% attendance and a satisfactory evaluation in the lab and clinical experiences are necessary for successful completion of the program. The student is then eligible to sit for the state certification exam on campus and placement on the Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry.

Our students have great success with job placement. The program is approved by the CT Department of Public Health.

Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not be eligible for clinical experiences, internships, externships or certifications associated with certain allied health courses or programs. Those with previous convictions may also find it difficult to secure employment within a health care setting.

The Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is required to receive a certificate of completion for the CNA program, and is offered at various times throughout the semester.

Time Commitment

This is a 3-month course that meets for 113 hour, two days per week. The schedule includes Monday evening lecture, lab once a week for 6 weeks, and clinical once a week for 6 weeks. Offered days, evenings and Saturdays. Classroom instruction and lab is held at the college; clinical is held at Ingraham Manor in Bristol.

Payment Information

Total cost for the CNA program is $1,579. (Price is subject to change.)

  • Total cost includes tuition, administrative fee, books, Essential Job Skills & Career Development course and CNA examination and registry
  • WIOA and CT SNAP Payment plan available.
  • SNAP scholarships available for qualified applicants, call Shaina Hamel for details 860.773.1454.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit the Certified Nurse Aide application, questionnaire, abilities, physical verification and health forms (health form due within 2 weeks after program starts)
  • Must be 17 years old, high school diploma or GED recommended

Additional Requirements for Completion

Transfer Credits

Students who have successfully completed the Certified Nurse Aide Training Program are eligible to receive college credit through the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program administered by Charter Oak State College.

Credits may be used at Charter Oak State College or transferred to another school by setting up a credit registry with Charter Oak (Any transfer credit is at the discretion of the institution).

For more information, visit: Charter Oak’s Credit Registry site

Register by Email

Complete application packet and email to

Register by Fax

Complete application packet and fax to 860.606.9732.

Register in Person

Register by Mail

Application packet and payment information (checks/money orders made out to Tunxis Community College) must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course.

Mail to:
Tunxis Community College
Continuing Education Office
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Registration must be completed in full with payment information, date of birth and social security number.

Program Coordinator: Cheryl Conaty

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