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Healthcare Pipeline: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The demand for entry level healthcare positions is rapidly increasing, and YHPI provides an opportunity for a NFA students to gain immediate employment in a high demand healthcare career pathway. Upon successful completion of this program and passing grade on the state required exam, students will be placed on the State Certified Nurse Aide Registry. Students can opt to go directly into the workforce or continue their education in an RN or LPN program or do both concurrently.  

Program Benefits

  • Earn industry-recognized credential prior to graduation.

  • Gain a skill set and experience that is necessary for success in the healthcare field.

  • Attend job fairs and interviews for employment

  • Receive one-on-one job search assistance though the American Job Center Business Services team.

How can I get involved?

  • Remain in good standing with attendance, behavior, grades and credits.

During 10th & 11th grade:

  • Attend information sessions and field trips to learn more about healthcare careers  during 10th & 11th grade.

During 11th grade: 

  • Complete the CNA Application. 

  • Applications open in November and will be posted HERE.

  • Take English and Math entrance assessments.

During 12th grade:

  • Attend CNA classes at CT State Community College at Three Rivers (105 hours).

  • Complete clinical hours at local nursing home 

  • Senior Seminar coursework .

  • Take Medical Interpreter practicum and ProMetric Nurse’s Aide competency exam for certification on CT CNA Registry.

For more information

Contact your school counselor, or Linda Farinha,  Director of the Anne Macaione Mitchell '44 College & Career Center, farinhal@nfaschool.org or 860-425-5729.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

12TH GRADE – 120 HOURS
FULL YEAR (1/2 credit classroom, 1/2 credit clinical)
 
KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCY COURSE TOPICS INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
 
• Giving basic nursing and personal care to patients
• Helping patients maintain or regain everyday tasks
including eating, bathing, dressing and toileting
• Communicating with patients and providing physical
(heavy lifting) and emotional support to them
• Making patient observations and reporting them
• Participating in care planning

How do I enroll?

  • Click here to fill out the CNA application - deadline December 14, 2023
  • Successfully pass the TRCC Math and English
  • Comprehension pre-assessment
  • Be on track with credits towards graduation
  • Be in good standing with attendance and discipline
  • Take Senior Seminar during the 12th grade (1/2 credit)

Certification

Upon successful completion of this course and passing grade on the state required prometrix exam, the graduate’s name will be placed on the State Certified Nurse Aide Registry. Students can opt to go directly into the workforce or continue their education in an RN or LPN program or do both concurrently.
 
Any person who has successfully completed a Department of Public Health (CNA) training program meets the requirements necessary to take the homemaker-home health aide competency evaluation and be certified as Home Health Aide.
 
Licensed home health agencies can
administer this evaluation. Click here to find a list of licensed agencies.