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

ZALL-043 CNA Plus Program - CNA/CPR/HHA/Alzheimer’s (184 hours)
Fee: $2,395 includes textbooks, liability insurance, scrubs and fee for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA Exam)

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


Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am – 2:30pm.

Summer 2018 Schedule

June 4, 5 ,6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 ,27, 28
July 2, 3, NO CLASS 7/4-5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26

Fall 2018 Schedule

Sept. 17-20; 24-27
Oct. 1-4; NO CLASS Oct. 8, 9-11; 15-18; 22-25; 29-31
Nov. 1; 5-8; NO CLASS Nov. 12; 13-15; 19-21; NO CLASS Nov. 22; 26-29

Tentative Affiliation Dates: Clinical Sessions are held during the day and times vary depending on the affiliated medical facility


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 course is taught by Alyson Ogera-McNamara who has over 20 years in the nursing field.  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.

Suggested Enrollment Process

To Enroll Online:

  1. Click: On Line Registration
  2. Click on Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes
  3. Type in ‘Nurse ’ 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 in 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. (see below)

With the requirements listed below, students can enroll online BUT MUST come to STCC Building 16, Room 146 with other information immediately!

To Enroll in Person:

Go to STCC Building 16, Room 146 to register for the course or call 413-755-4225

Complete and submit the registration form with the full course fee. The course fee includes all required textbook (s) and materials, liability insurance, scrubs, and the CNA certification exam fee. Applications will be accepted on the basis of date received, degree of completion of required immunizations, and the background of the student. The full fee will be returned to any applicant who is not selected to participate in this program.

For more Information, please call the Workforce Development Office (413) 755-4225 or email wdc@stcc.edu

  1. Bring a photo ID, (for CORI/SORI)
  2. Bring any of the required medical paperwork you may have already have on hand, (to start the Medical Clearance process, see below)
  3. Enroll in the course, Pay for the course
  4. Take the Career 101 test, (if available)
  5. Make sure that you fulfill ALL of the medical clearance requirements with your physician. Make copies of this information and mail or hand deliver the results as soon as possible to STCC, Workforce Training Building 16, Room 146 One Armory Square, Springfield, MA, 01102.


  1. At least 18 years of age within 3 weeks of the class start date.
  2. English grammar, writing, and speaking skills equivalent to at least the 8th grade level (Testing required for all candidates)
  3. Satisfactory report on a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)/Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check to be conducted by the College. Students MUST come the office with a current photo ID to complete this paperwork.
    • This must be completed during the enrollment process. Any student who does not meet this requirements at least 14 days prior to scheduled start date will be removed from the class roster.Satisfactory report on the Criminal Background Check
  4. Satisfactory report on the Criminal Background Check
  5. 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 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.
    • Physical Exam: The STCC Student Physical Exam Attestation form provided to the student, specific to their program, is the only acceptable physical exam form. Physical exams must be within one year of the start of the program.
    • 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 Health Services PRIOR to the first class.
  6. 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.
    • If a student does not have a medical provider for this physical exam, they can obtain an exam from STCC Health Services for a cost of $ 50.00. (Please contact 413-755-4385 to make arrangements)
  7. Students must have documentation that ALL immunization requirements have been met prior at least 30 days prior to the clinical sessions. (It is anticipated that the clinical component for EMT will begin within approximately 30 days after the start of the program.)
    • Any student that does not meet this requirement will not be able to remain in the course and will be withdrawn from the program. Note that certain medical clearances may take several weeks to complete.

Health History Forms & Requirements

Follow this link for the necessary health forms for this program: Certified Nursing Assistant Program/CNA-Plus