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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As part of this ongoing effort to limit the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak and to mitigate potential community spread of the virus, all CNA and Pre-Test dates and courses are cancelled until further notice. There is a FREE Lifespan course scheduled to start April 20 (see below). 

The CNA course is for people who want to be employed as a licensed nursing assistant in Rhode Island. This Rhode Island Department of Health-approved course trains students to provide personal healthcare assistance in home or healthcare settings.

Lifespan FREE Certified Nursing Assistant Program PDF Flyer
Lifespan Workforce S.T.A.T. Program is offering a FREE 8-week C.N.A. course and a 6-week unpaid internship at Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam Hospital or Newport Hospital starting April 20, 2020. For more information please send email to:

Other CNA courses run approximately every three months. To enroll please complete the registration steps and you will be invited to a class after passing the CNA pretest and completing the required registration material.

There is $25 fee to register for the CNA Pre-Test.

If interested please print and complete the Registration Form and return to a CCRI Workforce office (For CNA pre-test only ).

Registration Form

Funding Available

CNA Pretest Dates:
Course CRN Date/s Location
CNA Pre-Test 50074-CNAT-1000-152 Thursday, February 6, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lincoln Room 2144
CNA Pre-Test 50075-CNAT-1000-153 Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lincoln Room 2144
CNA Pre-Test


Thursday, March 5, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lincoln Room 2144
CNA Courses:
Course CRN Date/s Location
CNA Day Class 50225 CNAT-3000-150 Cancelled – To be rescheduled - Tuesday & Thursday, beginning March 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lincoln Room 2141
CNA Evening Class 50227 CNAT-3000-151 Cancelled – To be rescheduled - Tuesday & Thursday, beginning March 31, 2020, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Lincoln Room 2141


Path to become a certified CNA

  1. Register for the CNA pretest and bring one form of identification.
  2. You can take the pretest twice. If you do not pass the test on the second try, you must enroll in CCRI's Open Entry/Open Exit Pre-CNA program.
  3. After passing the CNA pretest you will be given a required CNA course registration material to be completed, including:
    1. A CCRI CNA course application
    2. Immunization form that must be completed by your health care provider
    3. Information on obtaining a Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) from the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office
  4. Once all course registration material is received, and you are accepted into the program, you will be invited to join a class and will receive notice two weeks before the class starts.
  5. CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider Level must be completed before the clinical portion of the program with the American Heart Association.
  6. Upon successful completion of the CNA course, we will schedule you to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP®) test.
  7. Successful completion of the CCRI CNA training program entitles you to 12 points towards the Practical Nursing Program



$860 Includes $10 non-refundable registration fee Textbook, workbook, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope included.


Time Commitment


143 hours Includes 75 classroom hours, 24 hours of skill instruction, 40 hours of clinical training in a nursing facility, final 4 hour skills lab.



  • Workforce Offices
  • Tel: 401.825.1214



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