Community College of Rhode Island

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401.333.7070

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.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

This program is WIA-approved [Learn more]

This program is AST-approved [Learn more]

The Demand for Certified Nursing Assistants in Rhode Island is Enormous!
What is a Nursing Assistant?

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.

How long is the program?

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:

  • Days - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to Thursday, seven weeks, Lincoln
  • Afternoons - 1 to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday, seven weeks, Lincoln
  • Evenings - 5 to 9 p.m., three nights per week, twelve weeks, Warwick and Lincoln
When is the next class?

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.

What is covered in the training?

The program consists of 120 hours of training – 88 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.

How do I enroll?

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. This reading comprehension 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.)

CNA Pre-test Dates

Please see our CWCE Brochure for course details.

On the day of the pretest, you must present acceptable identification. An acceptable identification must include your name, photograph and signature. Acceptable identification includes: a current valid photo driver’s license, a photo employment ID, a current valid passport, military identification, a photo student ID accompanied by an additional photo or signature ID (photo credit cards or check cashing cards).

The CNA pretest is an assessment test  used to  determine your grade level in reading.  You will be allowed 50 minutes to complete 50 reading questions. If a passing score is achieved, you will be given an application and a physical 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 have been received, 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 the clinical portion of the program, which takes place during the last two weeks of training. Certification must be Healthcare Provider level by the American Heart Association.

Tuition for the program is payable upon acceptance. The textbook is included, 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 course, we will schedule you to take the state boards in our fully equipped state-of-the-art testing center. Your instructor will explain the state's application process and licensing fees upon your completion of the program.

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Last Updated: 12/30/13