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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)


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The Community College of Rhode Island, Division of Workforce Partnerships Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course is 12 weeks. The course is comprised of a lecture, skill labs, and clinical. The lecture and skill labs are intertwined through the first 12 weeks of the course. Clinicals are in the final 1.5 weeks.

This Rhode Island Department of Health-approved course trains students to be a licensed nursing assistant.

Must have a GED or high school diploma to register for the course. Bilingual students are encouraged to apply. If you are 16 years or older and a current high school student or a CCRI Pre-Nursing student, please contact [email protected] to express interest in the course.

Upcoming Program Dates:

CNA Open Enrollment 2023 - hybrid evening

  • February 21 - May 10, 2023
  • May 16- August 10, 2023
  • August 22 - November 10, 2023

State Facility Cohorts- hybrid day class

  • March 21 - June 5, 2023
  • July 11 - September 30, 2023
  • October 3 - December 22, 2023

Lifespan Cohort - January 9 - March 31, 2023, hybrid day class (not currently recruiting)

Care New England - Mental Health and CNA Certification March 14 - July 7, 2023, hybrid evening class

Rhode Island Health Care Association Cohort - Spring 2023 dates coming soon, hybrid day/evening classes


The course will be a hybrid of online virtual classes with in-person skills and clinical training. Students will need a computer and secure internet connection as Zoom will be used for the online lecture.

CNA Class Registration Process
Course Description  (includes standard course date/time details)
Required Course Documents  
Course Policy  
Other Resources  
Standards & Expectations Handbook
Employer Sponsored Job and Other Opportunities 
CNA State Test Registration Information

RI Nurses Aide Candidate Handbook

Refund Policy

Students must provide a minimum 48-hour notice prior to the start of a course in order to be eligible for a refund. Without proper notice or documented medical excuse, students will be required to re-register and pay. No partial refunds of tuition are made under any circumstances. Books and materials may be non-refundable depending on the course. The registration fee is non-refundable unless the course is full or has been canceled by Workforce Partnerships. If a student requests a refund but has a balance due with the college, the money owed will be deducted from the refund.


Due to the nature of this program, COVID-19 vaccination is required. Exceptions may be made for students with a qualifying health condition that prohibits safely receiving the vaccine, if proper documentation is provided and approved prior to the beginning of the program.




$1400 Includes $10 non-refundable registration fee textbook, workbook, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope


Time Commitment


130 hours






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