Northern Colorado Training Institute offers a blended “hybrid” (online and classroom) CNA Program, which prepares the parent/student to provide a variety of crucial services—from taking vital signs to monitoring their child’s treatment plans—and leverages the most effective elements of online learning and face-to-face teaching.

Our Parent CNA Program is an 84-hour hybrid CNA “fast track” course. Each week, parents can expect online “theory” coursework along with in-person hands-on skills sessions in our classroom. Additionally, clinical rotations at a NoCo Training Institute-approved health care location, is also required. Students who successfully complete all of the course requirements receive a Certificate of Completion and are able to register for the Colorado State CNA Exam for full CNA certification.

This hybrid healthcare training course is a program that consists of both online instruction and in-class skills instruction. This is very exciting because this type of program gives the parent student more flexibility. Hybrid programs allow students the opportunity to plan their study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around. Also, hybrid programs are a good option for parents who need to balance their work, life, and family commitments.

The Parent CNA Program is broken down into three different sections of coursework that is required for graduation. The first is the theory component. The theory component of the Parent CNA Program is 40 hours and consists of reading the student textbook, completing the student workbook, participating in student discussions, and passing daily quizzes. The entire theory component is done online.

The second portion of the Parent CNA Program is the “skills” component. The skills component consists of 28 hours (broken in to several sessions) and will be completed in class. The student will learn basic “hands-on” nursing skills that include hygiene, grooming, nutrition, toileting, principles of infection control, taking vital signs, how to safely lift, position and move patients and much more.

The third and final component of the Parent CNA Program is the clinical component and is comprised of two 8-hour shifts (16 hours) of hands-on training. This section will be completed in a NoCo Training Institute-approved healthcare facility, like all CNA training programs. During this clinical experience, students will gain hands-on practical experience. You will also be under the guidance and supervision of a Registered Nurse or Certified Nurse Aide.

About Our CNA Program

Northern Colorado Training Institute is offering an 84-hour Certificate Nurse Aide (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 training and program, students should be able to demonstrate necessary knowledge and skills, and be eligible to test for Colorado Certified Nurse Aide certification.

Who Should Become A Parent Certified Nurse Aide?

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. Our Parent CNA Program fully prepares students to pass the Colorado Certified Nurse Aide test and become a certified CNA – a requirement for the Colorado reimbursement program.

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 The CNA Program

A minimum of 40 hours of theory done online, 28 hours of lab/skills done in classroom, and 16 hours of clinical experience at an NCTI 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 – Call for Details

Week 1

  • Theory (Online) = Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Skills Practice (In Classroom) = Thursday, Friday

Week 2

  • Theory (Online) = Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Skills Practice (In Classroom) = Thursday, Friday

Week 3

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

Upcoming CNA Program Dates

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Parent CNA Program Cost
2019/2020 Rate – $995.00*  

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.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card or American Express. We also accept Cash or Cashier’s Checks – No personal checks, sorry.

Program Cost Includes:
  • Tuition
  • Textbook, Workbook & Course Materials
  • Online Access to CNA Course via Canvas
  • Student Identification Card w/ Retracting ID Holder
  • AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider w/ 2-Year (eCard) Certification
  • Uniform (Loaner) Scrubs for Clinical Experience – To Be Returned After Clinical Experience
  • Colorado Background Check*
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Canvas Tote Bag – “NCTI CNA Program”

*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
    • Out of State Background Check – Call for Details
    • Colorado CNA Certification Exam – Voucher may be purchased from NCTI for $135.00


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Technical Requirements For Online CNA Training

Which devices and browsers does NoCo Training Online support?

Because it’s built using web standards, NoCo Training Online runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, & Android or any other device with a modern web browser.

If you are interested in minimums here they are:

Internet Explorer 8
Chrome 19
Safari 5
Firefox 12
Flash 9 (if you want to use the audio/video recording or viewing feature, the Chat feature or upload files)

**NOTE: Mozilla will NOT work for this program.

But rather than focusing on minimums, we highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up to date Flash plug-in.

Other Notes:

Flash is required in several places in NoCo Training Online: media recording/streaming and viewing, chat, and uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of NoCo Training Online.

The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.

NoCo Training Online was optimized for desktop displays, small form factors such as phones may not be as pleasant to use NoCo Training Online with. We recommend trying out our Mobile App ( if you are on an iPhone or have an iPad.

There are only 2 hard requirements:

You have to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.
No Mozilla, IE 6 or 7, they’re just too old to be able to do do the interactive things NoCo Training Online does.