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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The Community College of Rhode Island, Division of Workforce Partnerships Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course is a Rhode Island Department of Health-approved course.  

The course is 12-15 weeks, comprising of lectures, skill labs, and clinical. The lecture and skill labs are intertwined through the first 10-12 weeks of the course. Clinicals are in the final 1.5 weeks.  Lectures are offered  in-person or online depending on course selection.

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

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Upcoming Program Dates:

Real Jobs Rhode Island (RJRI) Cohort   

February 20 – May 27, 2024 – daytime & evening  

SOI/DCYF Cohort – In-person day class 

June 4 – August 30, 2024 
September 10 – December 2, 2024  

Westerly Education Center – In-person day classes 

January 9 –March 29, 2024 
May 7 – July 25, 2024 
August 27 – Nov 15, 2024  

Care New England - Mental Health and CNA Certification In-person evening class 

March 19 – June 14, 2024  
April 16 – July 26, 2024

RI BEST Cohort – In person evening class





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


Time Commitment


130-190 hours
Combined total of Lecture, Skills Lab, and Clinical 






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