Nurse Aide Certification (CNA)

Build a career in healthcare while earning college credits! Capital Community College’s CNA program is the first program in CT to be awarded college credits! Upon successful completion of our Nurse Aide Certification (CNA) course you will be eligible for 3 college credits from Capital!

Certified nurse aides (CNAs) are valuable members of the healthcare team who provide basic nursing care in a variety of settings. Capital Community College is licensed by the CT Department of Public Health. Classroom and skills laboratory instruction are held at the College. Clinical experience is held at area skilled nursing facilities.

Students will also take the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.

NOTE: Background checks are required for most allied health positions. Students with felony convictions may have difficulty obtaining employment in these fields. 


  • 8-week weekday course
  • 11-week evening course


  • State competency testing is included at the end of the course
  • The following required items are not included in tuition: uniform, travel expense to clinical site, physical exam, and CT Nurse Registry application fee
  • A class calendar outlining the days and times for the lectures, labs and clinical will be provided


  • Participants must be 17 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Provide a physical exam including TB screening, immunization record and flu vaccine documentation (during flu season)


Course Code: HMED G5023

Career Information

The Connecticut Department of Labor reports employment in this occupation is expected to grow slower than average, but the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.  As a CNA, you may expect your entry-level rate to be approximately $13.10 per hour and the average annual income is noted as $33,913 in Connecticut.