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A certified nursing assistant (CNA) helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Take the Nurse Aide I course to achieve a basic level of knowledge and to demonstrate the skills needed to provide safe, effective resident/client care. Learn more about the Nurse Aide I course and how to register.

Competency exams and refresher courses are listed below.

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This course will help facilitate your re-entry into the long-term care workforce. This is not the complete Nurse Aide course. You will review content and skills to prepare you for the state competency test.  

Start date: 03/31/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $129.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 12/14/16

End date: 12/14/16

Tuition: $85.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 01/04/17

End date: 01/04/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 01/05/17

End date: 01/05/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 01/18/17

End date: 01/18/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 01/19/17

End date: 01/19/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 02/01/17

End date: 02/01/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.    

Start date: 02/02/17

End date: 02/02/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 02/15/17

End date: 02/15/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 02/16/17

End date: 02/16/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 03/01/17

End date: 03/01/17

Tuition: $95.00



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To fulfill the training requirements of OBRA for nurse aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities, completion of a minimum 75-hour course and a written and skills competency examination is required. The written exam is a computerized test unless arrangements are made at least two weeks prior to testing. You MUST bring your ORIGINAL Social Security card and a photo ID to testing or you will not be allowed to test. If you forget the required identification, you are late, or you miss or are dismissed from your scheduled session for any reason, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. Refunds are issued with two business days’ notice only. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. the Friday before the scheduled testing session. It is recommended you register for the written and skills exams for the same date and time. On test days you must show up before 5:00 p.m. (4:45 p.m.) if you are scheduled for Wednesday night testing and before 8:00 a.m. (7:45 a.m.) if you are scheduled for Thursday morning testing. You will not be allowed to test if you show up late and you will NOT receive a refund. Students are to wait by the soda machine in the lower level of Grundy Hall to be then taken to their assigned testing area.  

Start date: 03/02/17

End date: 03/02/17

Tuition: $95.00



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