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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 weeks, comprising of lectures, skill labs, and clinical. The lecture and skill labs are intertwined through the first 10 weeks of the course. Clinicals are in the final 1.5 weeks.  

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:

CNA Training Program Course Schedule, hybrid day or evening classes  

  • March 21 - June 5, 2023 - Closed
  • May 16- August 10, 2023 - Closed
  • July 11 - September 30, 2023 - Closed
  • September 12 – December 8, 2023 - Closed
  • October 3 - December 22, 2023 - Closing September 28

RI BEST Cohort 

  • September 5 – December 15, 2023 - Closed

Westerly Education Center Cohort, in-person

  • May 30 - August 25, 2023 - Closed
  • September 12 – December 8, 2023 - Closed

Lifespan Cohort  

  • April 17 - June 30, 2023, hybrid day class - Closed

Care New England - Mental Health and CNA Certification, hybrid evening class

  • March 14 - July 7, 2023 - Closed

The hybrid course will be 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
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 with booster 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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