Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Certificate Program        Approved for WIOA and VA funding.

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. 

This rewarding career can be a great way to earn money and work with people.

You will participate in classroom discussions and lectures, have a chance to try out new skills in a safe and comfortable environment in our simulated labs and then go on to gain experience in a clinical setting.  Experienced registered nurse instructors will facilitate your learning in all areas.  After successful completion of our 120- hour course you will be prepared to take the State of Connecticut Nurse Aide Competency Exam; given on site and included in the cost of the course.

You will learn about human anatomy, how to feed and bathe residents, safety when assisting someone to walk or use a wheelchair and how to care for patients of all ages and cultures and so much more.  Some students find that working as a Certified Nurse Aide is just a start for their health care career and others find it a rewarding place to stay.

Classes are offered in convenient locations, Waterbury and Danbury.

NVCC Waterbury Campus: 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury.

NVCC Danbury Campus: 183 Main Street, Danbury


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.
  • 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. 

    Getting registered is easy.

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


      Payment Plans

      How to Register

      Waterbury Campus

      Walk In:

      NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
      Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
      Founder's Hall, Center for Health Science, Room F323
      Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

      Get Directions to NVCC

      Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

      Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
      Room F323
      750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

      Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
      AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

      Call 203-575-8029
      Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
      MC/Visa/Discover only

      Danbury Campus

      Walk In:

      190 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
      Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

      Get Directions to NVCC


      Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

      NVCC Danbury Campus
      190 Main Street
      Danbury, CT 06810-7805

      Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8243.
      AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

      Call 203-437-9699
      Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
      AMEX/MC/Visa/Discover only

      Program Coordinator
      Patricia A Targett
      203-575-8253 (p)
      203-575-8243 (f)
      Room: K408
      750 Chase Parkway
      Waterbury, CT 06708
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