Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Quick Program Facts

  • Institutional Award: 100 certificate hours
  • Number of courses: 2
  • Financial aid: Tuition Assistance
  • Campus: Trinity River
  • Certification: You will be prepared to:
    • Succeed on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission-approved Texas Nurse Aide Competency Exam noted as NNAAP and
    • Qualify to be placed on the Texas Nurse Aide Registry

What do Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) do?

CNAs provide basic patient care and help with the many physical and complex tasks for patient care. They work under the direction of licensed nurses.

What Is the Difference Between CNAs & Patient Care Technicians (PCTs)?

Both are collaborative members of the health care team.

  • CNAs contribute by sharing the emotional connections and basic needs of the resident. Most CNAs work in long-term residential care environments.
  • PCTs provide more factual data concerning the residents' vital statistics on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis. Most PCTs work in acute care settings.

Program Description

You will prepare to work as an entry-level nurse aide who provides basic care to residents of long-term facilities.

Our program emphasizes effective interaction with members of the health care team, restorative services, mental health, and social services.

After completing our program, you will be able to:

  • Give patient-centered basic care to residents
  • Use safety & preventive measures in the care of residents
  • Communicate & interact therapeutically with residents & their families—with sensitivity to the physical, social & mental needs of the residents
  • Help residents attain & maintain maximum functional independence
  • Protect, support & promote the rights of residents
  • Be skilled in observing, reporting & documenting resident information
  • Collaborate with other health care team members

Learn in the Classroom & in the Field

60 hours of classroom instruction

You will spend time in face-to-face interactions to build your confidence as you develop basic patient-care skills. We design skills practice and review into the curriculum.

You will also learn test-taking strategies and critical thinking skills.

40 hours clinical instruction

You will gain hands-on work experience by working in the field under the supervision of a clinical professional.

The clinical portion of our program is your opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a real-world setting.

Credentials in Detail

After successfully completing this program, students will be eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) tests.

In Texas, the NNAAP is administered jointly by Prometric and the NACES Plus Foundation.

Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508

This program prepares you for an occupational license. However, you may not be eligible for licensing if you have a prior criminal history.

For more details, see Texas House Bill 1508 Licensing Requirements

Continue Your Studies

After completing our CNA program and working in the field, you may be interested in a credit certificate or degree.

Explore our credit options:

Eligibility Requirements & Prerequisites

You must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Provide a copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Have:
    • Current driver’s license or government-issued identification
    • Social security card with signature
    • Current health insurance card
    • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) health care provider CPR card from the American Heart Association
  • Provide documentation of required immunizations
    • Chicken pox (Varicella)
    • Measles / Mumps / Rubella
    • Hepatitis B (3 shot series)
    • Tdap
    • Influenza (seasonal from September–March)
    • Negative Tb Test
    • COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged (COVID-19 protocols will be contingent upon CDC & facility guidelines at that time)

Post-Acceptance Requirements

After being accepted into our program, you must:

  • Get a Criminal Background Check (past 5 years)
  • Get a Drug Screening (9/10 Panel)

These tests are your responsibility and must come back clear to continue in the program. No refunds will be given.

Course List

Check Course Availability

  1. Go to MyTCCTrack: Search for Courses & Course Sections—Advanced Search.
  2. Under Term, select a Continuing Education (CE) Term.
    • Example: CE Qtr 1 2023 Sep-Nov
  3. Under Academic Level, choose Continuing Education.
  4. Select Search.
  5. Use the Filter Results menu to help you narrow your search:
    • Under Availability, choose Open Sections Only to find classes that aren't full.
    • Under Subject, choose a subject to further filter the results.

How to Apply

  1. Apply to TCC as a Continuing Education Student
    • Once you are accepted as a student at TCC, you will get a TCC Student ID number. You need a TCC Student ID number for your application to CNA.
    • Admission to the CNA Program is a separate process and is not automatically guaranteed by admission to TCC.
  2. Read the application instructions
  3. Complete the online application
  4. Register for class.
    • Once you have been accepted, we will place you in you in your Nurse Aide courses.



Trinity River Campus

Health Care Professions
Advising Resource Hub

Call 817-515-1484

Email TR.HealthCareAdvising@tccd.edu

Advising by Appointment

Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated November 09, 2023