About Our CNA Program

Northern Colorado Training Institute is offering an 82-hour certificate nurse aide (certified nursing assistant, or CNA) program approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing that ensures students will be prepared to meet the needs of medical practices, hospitals, nursing homes, and in-home care. The classes are taught by qualified, professional instructors who utilize highly effective teaching methods to prepare the students for working efficiently and effectively in the real-life environment.

Our certified nurse aide training course includes basic nursing skills required to provide safe, competent personal care for individuals.

During our CNA program, emphasis is placed on: person-centered care, the aging process, communication, safety/emergencies, infection prevention, legal and ethical issues, vital signs, height and weight measurements, elimination, nutrition, basic restorative care/rehabilitation, dementia, mental health and end-of-life care, sterile technique and specific tasks such as urinary catheterization, wound care, respiratory procedures, ostomy care, peripheral IV assistive activities, and alternative feeding methods.

Upon completion of our CNA program, students should be able to demonstrate necessary knowledge and skills, and be eligible to for CNA certification by testing for Colorado Certified Nurse Aide certification.

Who Should Become A Certified Nurse Aide?

The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Program is an opportunity to learn skills and prepare for a career in the healthcare field. If you have the desire to help people, are comfortable working closely with clients while providing personal care, are willing to accept delegated tasks, and are ready to work as the member of a team, then a career as a nursing assistant may be right for you. CNA certification and experience also serves as a stepping-stone for advanced nursing or health care occupations.

Why Become A CNA?

Nurse aides provide basic nursing care to the elderly, ill, and persons with disabilities in long-term care, hospitals, clinics, schools, and home health settings. Healthcare is always in need of talented certified nurse aides. Not just the elderly but many types of patients and their families also interact with CNAs on regular basis. There are many reasons to become a CNA but here are a few good reasons students enroll in our program.

CNA certification and other healthcare training is becoming a Nursing School requirement. Another reason to enroll in our CNA program is to help satisfy the requirements for admission to some nursing schools in Colorado. Several nursing programs now require prospective students have their CNA certification as a pre-requisite for enrollment. In just 3 short weeks, we can help you meet this requirement.

Not everyone wants or chooses to be a healthcare provider. Sometimes it just happens. We fully recognize there are many situations where parents become the primary caregiver for their children with disabilities and/or adult children become caregivers of their elderly parents. Parent caregivers should consider becoming a CNA for several reasons, including financial considerations. Full-time, and even part-time, basic nursing care can be very expensive. In Colorado, a parent of a disabled child and who becomes a CNA could qualify for compensation from the State of Colorado.

Finally, as the baby boomer population ages, more nurse aides will be needed to care for patients. In addition, growing rates of several chronic conditions and of dementia will lead to increased demand for patient care. As medical care continues to become more facilitated, the demand for nursing staff also keeps increasing. Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

You don’t need to have a medical background to be successful in our CNA class. Contact us to learn more about becoming a CNA.

What Are The Job Responsibilities?

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. The nursing assistant is responsible for assisting a client with personal care; fluid and nutrition; mobility; and elimination needs. In addition to meeting physical needs, nursing assistants also play an important role in meeting the emotional needs of clients.

In nursing homes, nurse aides are often the principal caregivers. CNA’s generally work directly under the supervision of a registered nurse. Often the CNA has more direct contact with the individual patient than doctors, specialists, nurses or other members of the staff due to the fact that the CNA is responsible for direct patient care and patient’s need.

They typically do the following:

  • Clean, bathe and dress patients
  • Serve meals and help patients eat
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Measure and record patients vital signs, such as pulse, blood pressure, respiration, and temperature
  • Listen to and record patients health concerns and report that information to nurses

Job Outlook & Wages Information For Nursing Assistants

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Admission Requirements

  • Be at least 16-years old
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Criminal background check/urine drug screen
  • Proof of citizenship or legal residency
  • Proof of the following immunizations:
    • Tuberculosis (TB): Negative skin or blood TB test within previous one year and must be current through clinical experience
    • Influenza Immunization (Flu Shot) – Current year vaccination

Completion Requirements For Our CNA Program

A minimum of 66 hours of theory/skills in classroom and 16 hours of clinical experience in a NoCo Training approved healthcare facility. Must score a minimum average of 75% in theory on each written test from all the modules and pass the clinical experience (Clinicals are pass or fail). Upon successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to take the exam to become a Colorado Certified Nurse Aide.

Sample Schedule

Week 1

  • Theory (Online) = Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Week 2

  • Theory (Online) = Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Week 3

  • Final Exam/Skills Testing (In Classroom) = Monday, Tuesday
  • Clinical Experience (NoCo Approved Clinical Site) = Wednesday, Thursday

Upcoming Class Dates

Weekday Classes – Call for Details

  • April 1 – 19, 2019
  • May 6 – 24, 2019
  • June 3 – 21, 2019
  • July 8 – 26, 2019
  • August 5 – 23, 2019
  • September 3 – 20, 2019
  • October 7 – 25, 2019
  • November 4 – 22, 2019
  • December – No Classes
Program Cost For CNA Training
2018/2019 Rate – $1,175.00 

A $250.00 non-refundable deposit (administrative fee) is required once accepted to CNA Program. The balance is due prior to the first day of class. Non-payment of deposit and/or tuition will result in a delay in processing and your seat may be given to another applicant.

A $100 discount for US military veterans, dependents and widows will be applied during the registration process. (DD-214 is required). Limit: One Discount Per Student.

Payment can be made via PayPal on the Student Payment Portal. PayPal accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express. We also accept Cash or Cashier’s Check – sorry no personal checks.

CNA Program Cost Includes:
  • Tuition
  • Textbook, Workbook & Course Materials
  • On-line Access to CNA Course Videos
  • Personal Gait Belt – Washable and Adjustable
  • Student Identification Card w/ Holder
  • AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider w/ 2-Year eCard
  • Uniform (Loaner) Scrubs for Clinical Experience – To Be Returned After Clinical Experience
  • Background Check/Urine Drug Screening
  • Voucher for Pearson|VUE Colorado CNA Certification Exam
  • Canvas Tote Bag – “NCTI CNA Program”
  • Career Counseling for Nursing and EMT Students

CNA Program Cost Does Not Include:

  • Immunizations (Can be obtained at your doctor’s office or most healthcare clinics – Ex. Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, or The Little Clinic)
  • Wrist Watch w/ Second Hand (Required)
  • Transportation to or from CNA training courses


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