These paraprofessional members of the health care team provide personal and related health care assistance to individuals who are sick, disabled, dependent or residents of health care facilities. All individuals wishing to be employed as a nursing assistant or home health aide in Rhode Island must complete an approved nursing assistant training course.
We offer a diverse schedule of classes that will enable you to accomplish your goal in seven to twelve weeks, depending on the schedule. Classes are held on a variety of days and times, including evenings, as follows:
We do not schedule classes in advance. Day classes typically begin every 8 weeks and evening classes every 12 weeks. Students will be invited to register for a class of their choice as classes are formed. You will be notified of registration dates two weeks prior to the start of class.
The program consists of 124 hours of training – 92 hours of classroom and laboratory learning as well as 32 hours of clinical training in a nursing facility. Topics covered include basic nursing skills, resident's rights, vital signs, social services, basic rehabilitative services, personal care skills, and safety and emergency procedures.
If you are interested in the CNA program, your first step is to register for one of the following dates to take the CNA pre-test. The pre-test MUST be taken prior to registering for the CNA program. (Note: If you are a Rhode Island Works recipient, you must contact the REACH Office prior to enrollment.)
Thu, 2 p.m., Oct 27, 2016, Lincoln
Thu, 2 p.m., Nov 10, 2016, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., Nov 22, 2016, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., Dec 6, 2016, Lincoln
Thu, 2 p.m., Dec 22, 2016, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., Jan 3, 2017, Lincoln
Thu, 2 p.m., Jan 19, 2017, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., Jan 31, 2017, Lincoln
Thu, 2 p.m., Feb 16, 2017, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., Feb 28, 2017, Lincoln
Thu, 2 p.m., Mar 16, 2017, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., Mar 28, 2017, Lincoln
Thu, 2 p.m., Apr 13, 2017, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., Apr 25, 2017, Lincoln
Thu, 2 p.m., May 11, 2017, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., May 23, 2017, Lincoln
Thu, 2 p.m., Jun 8, 2017, Lincoln
Tue, 2 p.m., Jun 20, 2017, Lincoln
On the day of the pretest, you must present acceptable identification. An acceptable identification must include your name, photograph and signature. Examples of proper identification include: a current valid photo driver's license, signature-bearing Social Security card, signature-bearing credit card, signature-bearing library card, state-issued identification card, passport and alien registration card. Passport cards are not acceptable, photocopies of identification are not acceptable, and birth certificates are not acceptable.
The CNA pretest consists of a reading comprehension and general health questions. You are allowed 1 hr. and 15 min. to complete both sections. You may only take the pretest twice. If a passing score is achieved, you will be given a CCRI program application and an immunization form that must be completed by your physician or health care provider. Additionally, a Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) from the RI Attorney General's Office is required. Once these documents have been received by the CNA office, students will be invited to register for a class of their choice as classes are formed. You will be notified of registration dates two weeks prior to the start of class. CPR certification must be attained prior to entering the clinical portion of the program. CPR Certification must be Healthcare Provider level by the American Heart Association.
If you do not pass the pretest on the first try, you may take it one more time. If you do not pass the test on the 2nd try, you must enroll in CCRI's Open Entry/Open Exit Pre-CNA program. Upon successful completion of the Pre-CNA program you will be referred directly into the next CNA training program class. [For more information about the Open Entry/Open Exit pre-CNA]
This RI Department of Health approved course trains students to provide basic, routine, nursing related services to individuals in various health care settings. The program includes live classroom lecture, hands-on lab sessions and 32 hours of clinical training in a nursing facility. Tuition for the program is payable upon acceptance ($850 + $5 non-refundable registration fee). A textbook, workbook, CD, stethoscope, and a blood pressure cuff is included in the cost of the program, but please note that the state licensing fee is not. Financial aid assistance is not available for this noncredit course.
Upon successful completion of the training program, we will schedule you to take the RI State Licensing Boards in our fully equipped state-of-the-art testing center.
For General Information
CNA State Board Exam Information
This link will provide you with the necessary information for the RI NNAAP Exam. Nursing students should download or request candidate handbook.