Nursing Assistant

A nurse checking the blood pressure of an elderly manA certified nursing assistant can be the first point of contact for a patient in his or her hospital room or for a resident of a nursing home. CNAs perform basic patient care which can include helping patients get out of bed, bathe, dress, and eat, cleaning patient rooms, taking vital signs, dressing wounds, and providing valuable information to the healthcare team. Close contact and good communication with the patient are important aspects of this position. Nurses and doctors often rely on the CNA for accurate updates of a patient’s condition.



What to expect

Classes are held throughout the week for a total of five credit hours. The first part of the program will be a combination of lecture and practical exercises in a simulation laboratory followed by 30 hours in a clinical setting. CCA provides the necessary classes to train as a nursing assistant and perform clinicals, and also prepare for the State of Colorado Nurse’s Aide Certification exam. Note: Students are responsible for certification testing fees which are not included in the tuition.

A nurse assisting an elderly woman during breakfast


Prior to participating in clinical rotations, students will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check, drug screen, physician's clearance, and show proof of specific immunizations.

Purchase of approved scrubs, required textbooks and supplies.

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of immunizations and physician fees required which are not included in the tuition.


English Competency – must display one of the following:

  • Successful completion of ENG 0092 (with C or better) or equivalent assessment scores
  • English ACT of 18 or SAT of 440
  • Successful completion of ESL 0043 & 0053 coursework
  • College degree of AA, AS or higher


To enroll in the program: Students must get clearance from the department.


Program Level Outcomes (PLOs)

Statements which articulate, in measurable terms, what students should know and be able to demonstrate as a result of and at the conclusion of a program. PLOs communicate program goals explicitly and foster transfer of responsibility for learning from faculty to students.

A student who obtains a Nurse Aide certificate from the Community College of Aurora will demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate basic patient care.
  • Understand and apply OSHA & HIPAA regulations.
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