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Certified Nurse Aide

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Ideal for

individuals looking for a rewarding career in health care. Certified nurse aides are valuable members of the health care team who work in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and many others. CNAs are qualified to perform many important functions for people in need, such as providing personal care and measuring vital signs under the supervision of registered nurses. Employment as a Certified Nurse Aide can be a great way to earn money and work with people.

Program Overview

NVCC is proud to offer one of Connecticut's largest, oldest and most respected CNA programs. All of our instructors are experienced registered nurses.  We exceed the minimum standards set by the State for the number of course hours; so you will get more hours of practice in our health lab and more supervised time working with residents in the clinical setting.

Our program includes one opportunity to sit for the Connecticut Nurse Aide Competency Exam, offered on site, and included in the cost of the course.  NVCC's annual first-time pass rate for this state exam exceeds 98%.

Students will attend classes in a college setting and have free access to college support resources, including the Max R. Traurig Library and Center for Job Placement and College Opportunities.  A graduation ceremony is held for all successful participants and graduates are awarded proficiency certificates and a custom designed NVCC CNA pin to wear proudly on their uniform.  We hope you decide to join us.

Course Locations

Conveniently offered at our Waterbury and Danbury Campuses.


Program Coordinator:
Patricia A Targett
203-575-8253 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: K408
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Important Information

Important Information

Thank you for your interest in Naugatuck Valley Community College’s CNA program! Please note the following general information and check out our Frequently Asked Questions

  • A health screening and up-to-date immunizations are required by the second week of class and prior to participating in clinical training. Documentation must be in the form of a completed NVCC CNA Health Form. Since an appointment for a health screening can sometimes take several weeks, please plan ahead and book early. If your health screening is not submitted and complete prior to the first clinical date your clinical slot will be forfeit at your own expense.
  • Uniforms, a dark blue v-neck scrub top and pants, along with white shoes/sneakers, are required to be worn for all classes, labs, and clinical. Uniform must be washable. No sweats, spandex, or leggings will be allowed. A watch with a second hand will also be required. 
  • Federal and State mandated attendance requirements must be met for successful completion. 
  • The cost of the course includes the State Competency Testing. A payment plan is available. The first payment is due at the time of registration. 
  • For your convenience the required textbook and workbook are included in the cost of the course and provided at the first class. 
  • Students with criminal convictions may have difficulty finding employment, especially in health care and may be denied clinical placement. A criminal background check is required of all students entering the program. Felony or misdemeanor offenses may preclude you from participating in clinical and mandate withdrawal from the program. No course refunds are available. Please consult the program coordinator prior to registration if you have any concerns.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to enroll in any of our Non-Credit health care programs. If you are under 18 years of age at the time of registration, you will be required to provide a parent/guardian waiver form.

Course Registration and Payment Plans

No formal application to the College is required for non-credit/workforce training courses.

Registrations are accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming classes.

A payment plan for the Fall 2017 CNA program is available here

Registration Steps

Getting registered is easy.

  1. Choose the course calendar that best meets your needs.
  2. Complete the registration form below and submit with your payment.
  3. Make arrangement with your health care provider for a health screening and immunization documentation.

Additional required forms

4 Ways to Register:

Call us: 203-575-8029

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Or download and print a registration form and:

Fax: 203-575-8243 (secure line)

Mail and send with payment (checks or money order made out to NVCC only) to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration
Founders Hall, Room F323
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708

Or stop by, we're happy to assist you!

Accepted Forms of Payment:


Cash or Checks

Mail-in registrations checks only please.

Standard Non-Credit Registration (NEW)
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Career Spotlight

Career Spotlight

The Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) reports the average annual income for Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants is $31,336. The CTDOL lists Certified Nurse Aide as a Hot Job and states employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities. Part-time and full time work is available. Certified Nurse Aides must be prepared to work days, evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays. It is mandated that for employment, all nurse aides must be listed on the Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry. Successful completion of the Connecticut Nurse Aide Competency Exam is required for registry. The exam is given on-site and included in the cost of the course. NVCC's annual Connecticut State Competency Exam pass rate exceeds 98%. Assistance with writing a resume, cover letter, interviewing skills, or just simply how to look for a job can be obtained free by visiting our Job Placement Center at NVCC.

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