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Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Nurse Aide Training Program – HYBRID FORMAT (LIVE REMOTE with some face to face clinical hours required)!

*Our CNA Programs are currently TRAIN grant funded, meaning the cost of tuition and supplies are free. 

The Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Nurse Aide Training Program is designed to introduce you to the nursing assistant profession and prepare you for the Massachusetts Prometric Nurse Aide Certification Exam.  This DPH approved, accelerated 4-week program was designed to deliver course information through lecture, PowerPoint, and videos, as well as hands-on skills lab training and within a clinical setting.  Emphasis is placed upon communication, safety and infection control procedures and basic personal care skills for patients/residents in sub-acute, long-term care and in an individual’s home.  Other topics include dementia care, vital signs, documentation and legal and regulatory healthcare practices.  This 90-hour program is delivered in a hybrid format, meaning it is both on-line and in-person.  The theory content of the program is delivered on-line, with several mandatory “Zoom” virtual meetings.  There is a mandatory skills lab weekend where students will meet with the instructor at the Lawrence Campus and learn important CNA skills in our Nursing Assistant Lab.  The final component of the program is a 25-hour clinical experience at a long-term care facility under the supervision of the CNA instructor.  It is a great option to enter the in-demand direct care field and can also serve as a gateway to other health care professions.

Instructors: The CNA Program is taught be experienced and qualified Registered Nurses and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who have clinical experience in the long-term care and acute care settings.

Student Requirements Prior to Admission:

  • Completed CNA Application
  • Valid photo ID
  • Physical examination (within past year)
  • Immunization Records - Recent TB (tuberculosis) test, full Covid-19 vaccination, flu shot (if applicable)
  • Ability to pass a CORI (criminal background check) – to be conducted by clinical facility
  • Zoom Interview (with camera on)
  • Intermediate English Reading/Writing Skills 

Fall 2022 Cohorts 

  • August Cohort: FULL
  • September Cohort: FULL
  • October Cohort: FULL
  • November Cohort: FULL

Spring 2023 Cohorts 

  • January 2023: Open for Enrollment
  • February 2023: Open for Enrollment 
  • March 2023: Open for Enrollment 
  • April 2023: Open for Enrollment 
  • May 2023: Open for Enrollment 
  • June 2023: Open for Enrollment 

*Students who successfully complete this program and pass the Massachusetts CNA exam may also earn 6 credits as the equivalent of HES 112 applicable towards the NECC Healthcare Technician Certificate Program.

Other Important Information:

Please note this course is accelerated and approved by the DPH in the accelerated delivery model due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  At this time, the program does not offer CPR Certification. Please be advised that there may be weekend and evening components to this program.

For more information:

Phone: Heather Waniga, RN: 603-489-8907
Email: Heather Waniga, RN:  hwaniga@necc.mass.edu