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.
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.
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.
- Submit the Certified Nurse Aide registration and requirements forms. A health form will be due within two weeks after program starts.
- Must be 17 years old, high school diploma or GED recommended
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.
Additional Requirements for Completion
- Successful completion of the Essential Job Skills & Career Development Course
This program is offered in spring, summer, and fall semesters. For detailed information on course start and end dates, e-mail [email protected].
Register by Email
Complete the forms in the registration packet and email to
Register In Person
Register in the Continuing Education office
Monday - Friday: 10am-6pm
Register by Fax
Complete the forms in the registration packet and fax to 860.606.9732.
Register by Mail
Registration and payment information must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course. Registration forms must be completed in full. Make checks/money orders out to Tunxis Community College.
Tunxis Community College
Continuing Education Office
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032
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
This is a 3-month course that meets for 113 hours. The schedule includes online lecture, lab once a week for 6 weeks, and clinical once a week for 6 weeks. Offered days, evenings and Saturdays. Lecture is online; labs are held at the college; clinical is held at Ingraham Manor in Bristol.
Total cost for the CNA program is $1,651 (price is subject to change).
- Total cost includes tuition, books, Essential Job Skills course and CNA examination and registry
- WIOA and CT SNAP approved. Payment plan available.
- SNAP scholarships available for qualified applicants, call 860.773.1454 for details.
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.
Program Coordinator: Cheryl Conaty
STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Get more details about this merger.