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
Looking for a recertification course? See our CNA Renewal course.
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.
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.
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
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Provide a copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
- Pass the Test of Adult Education (TABE) with a score of 10 or higher, if applicable
- 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)
- 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)
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.
How to Apply
- Apply to TCC as a Continuing Education Non-Credit 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.
- Read the application instructions
- Complete the online application
- Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Program Application
- You must be logged in to your TCC email account to access the application.
- Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Program Application
- Register for class.
- Once you have been accepted, we will place you in you in your Nurse Aide courses.
Trinity River Campus East
Karen Heard, DNP RN
Interim Assistant Dean of Nursing
Trinity River Campus
Health Care Professions
Advising Resource Hub
Health Care Professions Advisor
Advising by Appointment
Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Updated November 18, 2022