Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The Nurse Aide Training courses prepare students to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide. Basic nursing skills, restorative services, personal care skills, safety and emergency care issues are all presented. The combined course provides five hours of college credit and includes classroom activities, practicing lab skills, and clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the course the student will be eligible to take the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).

Application Procedure

1. Apply to Colorado Northwestern Community College

2. Register to complete the Accuplacer Test. Eligible students must score a minimum of 62 on Reading and a 57 on Math or have instructor approval.

3. Check this webpage or the online course schedule for upcoming classes. Or contact the Nursing Department for more information.

4. Schedule an Advising Session with Darby McDermott to complete application procedures  or  call (970) 824-1104

5. Complete a CPR class. It must be an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Health Care Provider course.

6. Register for both of the following courses:

NUA 101: Certified Nurse Aide Health Care Skills – Credit Hours 4
NUA 170: Nurse Aide Clinical Experience –  Credit Hours 1

7. Attend a course orientation session to be announced typically 1-2 weeks prior to the start of class.

Additional Requirements: The following are required for participation in clinical, certification, and future employment.

Criminal Background Check:The State of Colorado requires that everyone who wants to be a nurse aide must have a criminal background check (CBC). Please review the list of Disqualifying Offenses.

CCCS Disqualifying Offevses

Proof of Immunizations: These can be obtained from your private health care provider or your local public health office. Contact the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association for an appointment at 824-8233 or 879-1632.

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella: You must have proof of immunity, vaccination (2 doses);
  • Tetanus (TD or Tetanus-Diphtheria): You must have a vaccination within the past 10 years;
  • TB: A two-step TB screening will be completed/ documented prior to clinical/client contact;
  • Hepatitis B: This is highly recommended for health care workers and is a series of 3 shots;
  • Meningococcal vaccine or waiver

Dress Code: The student will be required to wear scrubs, appropriate footwear, a watch with a second hand, and a CNCC student name tag at all times while in a clinical facility. No jewelry will be permitted other than a wedding band. Long nails, excessive make-up, or perfume are not permitted.

Estimated Costs

Tuition $800.00
Registration and Fees $80.00
Textbook $92.00
Criminal Background Check $34.00
Malpractice Insurance $14.50
Uniforms / Shoes Varies
Immunizations Varies
Lab Fees $25.00
Certification Exam $123.00
TOTAL $1668.50

Please Note: Moffat County residents receive a discount on tuition.

Financial Aid: There may be financial assistance available through the College (contact your local CNCC campus), the Colorado Workforce Center, or through a potential employer.

NATCEP:  A nurse aide who pays for a Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) and becomes employed by a facility (that received Medicare/Medicaid funds) within 12 months of date of certification must be reimbursed by the facility, prorated for the portion of the 12-month period that the individual was employed by the facility.

“Pursuant to Section 483.152(c) of the Federal Rules and Regulations related to Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Programs (NATCEP), a long-term care facility(“facility”) that receives Medicare or Medicaid funds must reimburse a nurse aide who pays for a NATCEP and becomes employed by the facility within 12 months of date of certification, prorated for the portion of the 12-month period that the individual was employed by the facility.”