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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Plus Program
CNA/CPR/HHA & Alzheimer's

WCNA-020 CNA Plus Program - CNA/CPR/HHA/Alzheimer’s (140 hours)
Fee: $2,395 includes liability insurance and fee for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA Exam)

  • Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate
  • CPR Certification
  • Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Certificate
  • Alzheimer’s & Neurological Disorders Training

For more Information, please contact:

Workforce Development Office
Building 27, 1st Floor


Deadline is September 14, 2019
SectionDate & Time

Fall 2019
Section D11

Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • September 30
  • October 1-3; 7-10; NO CLASS October 14; 15-17; 21-24; 28-31
  • November 4-7; NO CLASS November 11; 12-14; 18-19
  • Tentative Affiliation Dates: Clinical Sessions are held during the day and times vary depending on the affiliated medical facility
  • CPR Instruction: October 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • CNA Exam: TBA

Spring 2020 Section D31

Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • January 6,-9; 13-16; NO CLASS January 20; 21-24; 27-31
  • February 3-7; 10-13; NO CLASS February 17; 18-20; 24-27;
  • March 2
  • Tentative Affiliation Dates: Clinical Sessions are held during the day and times vary depending on the affiliated medical facility
  • CPR Instruction: TBA
  • CNA Exam:  TBA


Required Books

Books are provided.


Attendance is Mandatory - as the state requires a very specific amount of hours in the classroom and clinical setting to be eligible to take the CNA exam. Failure to meet attendance requirements will result in withdrawal from the course.

Module Descriptions

Nurse Aide & CPR Certificate

The Nurse Aide training program will provide you with entry-level job skills that allow you to enter the health care field and prepare for the Massachusetts state board examination to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and also receive your certification in CPR. Students learn to care for residents in long-term care facilities and will practice the following skills: personal patient care, patient rights, lifting and turning patients, safety, infection control, bed, bath and feeding, vital signs, record keeping, mental health care of residents and stress management.

This program is approved by the MA Division of Health Care Quality (Approval #91212P).

Major topics will include:
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Care Basics
  • Infection Control
  • Bed Making
  • Safety and Emergency Procedures
  • Bed Bath and Feeding
  • Promoting Residents’ Independence and Respecting Residents’ Rights
  • Record keeping
  • Vital Signs
  • CPR
  • Moving and Turning Patients
  • Certification Exam Review
Home Health Aide Training

The Home Health Aide training will prepare a CNA to provide care in a patient’s home after completion of their program or certification, depending upon state requirements. Primary focus is placed on personal care and home management for patients, but students will also learn about family issues, meal preparation, social activities, housekeeping and more. HHA’s must also deal with legal and ethical issues, so these topics are also discussed during the course.

Alzheimer’s & Neurological Disorders

This module will include Alzheimer’s or related neurological disorders: Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Disease, personality changes, physical and emotional changes, and old and new strategies when working with memory-impaired individuals.

Unemployment Benefits

This program is both Section 30 and ITA approved

Section 30 Benefits

Section 30 of the Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Law allows DUA to waive an active work search if you meet certain eligibility requirements. This means that you can continue to collect UI benefits while in full-time approved training. Under certain circumstances, you may be eligible for up to an additional 26 weeks of UI benefits while you are attending full-time training.

You may be eligible for approved training if you:

  • Are permanently separated from your previous employer
  • Are unlikely to obtain suitable employment based on your current skill level
  • Need training to become re-employed

Remember to select the training program that is best for you and that will help you find employment in your new occupation. DUA does not pay for training.

Section 30 Requirements

Claimants must meet eligibility and training requirements.

Section 30 Regulations

Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.) 151A Section 30(c) and 430 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 9.00 allows claimants to receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits while enrolled in approved training.

Individual Training Account (ITA) - Funding

What is an Individual Training Account (ITA)?

An Individual Training Account (ITA) is an account set up on behalf of an adult or dislocated worker to pay for training services. The purpose of the ITA is to give program participants maximum choice in selecting a training program.

One-Stop Career Centers determine the dollar amount limits, time limits, and other requirements for use of ITA accounts.
If you are approved for an ITA account, you must choose your training services from the statewide list of ITA-approved programs. A One-Stop Career Center employment counselor will give you information to help you make an informed choice about how to spend your ITA funds.

You can use the Department of Workforce Training's Online Services Training Course Search to find ITA-approved training programs that meet your needs. Select "ITA" from the Approved Course Type drop-down box to find ITA-approved programs.

How do I apply?

To apply for the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program and for Individual Training Account (ITA) funds, visit your One-Stop Career Center, or call the Division of Career Services at 617-626-5300.

To find the Career Center nearest you, see Find a Career Center near You on the Department of Workforce Development web site

For more information about One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts, see One-Stop Career Centers.

CNA Prerequisites/Requirements

At least 18 years of age within 3 weeks of the class start date.

Applicants may be required to demonstrate 8th-grade reading, writing and speaking levels.

Satisfactory report on a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)/Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check to be conducted by the College. Students MUST go to the Health and Wellness Center, Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19), Room 177 with a current photo ID to complete this paperwork. This must be completed during the enrollment process. Any student who does not meet this requirement at least 14 days prior to the scheduled start date will be removed from the class roster.

Students enrolled in the non-credit healthcare programs (CNA, EMT, Phlebotomy) are required to submit vaccination records:

  • Tdap within 10 years
  • Immunity to measles (two live vaccine doses or positive titer results)
  • Immunity to mumps (two live vaccine doses or positive titer results)
  • Immunity to rubella (two live vaccine doses or positive titer results)
  • Immunity to hepatitis B (three vaccine doses and positive titer results)
    • Dose 1 done at 0 months
    • Dose 2 done at 1 month
    • Dose 3 done at 6 months
    • If a titer is drawn, a copy of the lab report is required
  • Immunity to varicella (two doses of varicella vaccine or positive titer results)
  • Influenza vaccination: recommended for all students and required by some clinical affiliation sites during influenza season.
  • Tuberculosis screening: Students must receive either two-step Mantoux testing (PPD) or IGRA-serology (T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold).
  • If the student has a positive PPD or IGRA screening, a chest x-ray must be obtained and the chest x-ray report must be submitted with a Positive Tuberculosis Test Questionnaire.

Students must submit a Student Health History Form, Authorization to Release Information to Externship Sites Form, Technical Standards Acknowledgement Sheet, Background and Drug Screen Policy Acknowledgement Form and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) form to the Health and Wellness Center, Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19), Room 177 PRIOR to the first class.

A physical exam (form attached below) is required from each student enrolled in a health field, Early Childhood Education, or who participates in athletics. Students must have had a physical exam within the last year, prior to the start of classes. The STCC Student Physical Exam Attestation form provided to the student, specific to their program, is the only acceptable physical exam form.

  • If a student does not have a medical provider for this physical exam, they can obtain an exam from STCC Health Services at no cost. (Please contact 413-755-4230 to make arrangements)

Health History Forms & Requirements

Follow this link for the necessary health forms for this program: Certified Nurse Assistant Program (ZIP)

Course Policy

Student CORI Policy

College programs involving potentially unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, including fieldwork (a clinical affiliation, internship, externship, or field placement) with a private or public healthcare provider or daycare provider, will be required to undergo state-wide and/or national criminal background checks, including but not limited to: Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI), Seven (7) year residential Search, and FBI Fingerprinting checks. The purpose of the background check is to ensure a safe and protective environment for all clients, particularly members of vulnerable populations.

Students choosing not to consent to the required background checks will be ineligible to participate in fieldwork involving vulnerable populations. Ineligibility to participate in fieldwork may affect a student's ability to successfully complete the program.

Based upon the results of the background checks, a student may be deemed ineligible to participate in academic or clinical activities, which may impact a student's ability to successfully complete program requirements. Background checks are reviewed by the College’s CORI Board. The CORI Board determines eligibility to participate in academic and/or clinical activities. Students have the right to appeal the determination of the CORI Board by filing a written appeal with the Vice President of Student Affairs within 10 business days of receiving the CORI Board’s determination.

Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or clinical activities following a background check does not guarantee eligibility to sit for a professional credentialing examination(s) or for employment upon program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for a particular healthcare or other service profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or employment in that field.

Suggested Enrollment Process

To Enroll Online:
  1. Click: Online Registration
  2. Click on Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes
  3. Type in ‘CNA II’ and hit 'Submit"
  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates.
  5. Enter your personal and credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you. It should have the Building and Classroom for the course.
    • If it does not, check with our office at 413-755-4225 a few weeks prior to the class to confirm the room numbers.
  6. Come to campus as soon as possible for CORI and Medical Clearance information.

Students can enroll online BUT MUST come to STCC Building 19, Room 177 with other information immediately.

To Enroll in Person:

Go to STCC Building 27, 1st floor to register for the course or call 413-755-4225

Revised February 2019

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