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Nurse Aide Certificate

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster

The Nurse Aide program provides the highest quality education and skill training to prepare you to become a professional, safe and competent member of the health care team. Graduates are prepared to take and pass the Colorado State Certification exam, and have the necessary skills to gain employment as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). We strive to positively impact the quality of health care provided in the community.

2018 Program Outcomes

100% State CNA Exam Pass Rate (State average 75%) | 100% Student Satisfaction | 90% Job Placement | 85% Program Completion

Nurse Aide

5 credits
(1 semester)

Learn the entry-level skills required for employment as a CNA in a long-term care facility, an acute care facility or a home health care agency. Not all of the patients a nurse aide cares for are elderly, but the special needs of the geriatric population are an emphasis of the Nurse Aide training program at FRCC.

Earning a certificate in Nurse Aide from FRCC qualifies you to take the State Certification Examination to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). The program's State Exam pass rates consistently rank above the state average, which indicates the quality of instruction and rigor of the CNA program. The Larimer Campus packet is available once class begins on D2L. Please call 970-204-8200 or 970-204-8583 for more information. The Westminster Campus packet is due two weeks prior to the start of class. Please call 303-404-5208 for more information.

Nurse Aide Certificate: See required courses and descriptions

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Offered at the Larimer and Westminster Campus only.


What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of the CNA program, you will be able to:

  1. Master the basic nursing skills of a Nurse Aide in order to assist a professional Nurse to provide quality patient/resident care in a variety of settings, and in order to successfully pass the state certifying exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).
  2. Demonstrate mastery and competency of physical care skills, personal care skills, emotional/psycho-social care skills, mobility, nutrition and hydration, elimination and therapeutic procedures, including measuring and recording vital signs, observing and reporting, and documenting care provided to residents.
  3. Demonstrate safety techniques for prevention of injury, understand Heimlich maneuver and other emergency procedures, and follow safety protocols in clinical to safely deliver resident care.
  4. Understand and demonstrate competency with infection control procedures, including protection of self and others.
  5. Use critical thinking skills to apply knowledge from class to the clinical setting, and while performing care of residents.
  6. Demonstrate effective, accurate, ethical, and professional spoken, written, and non-verbal communication skills with instructors, peers, facility staff, residents, and families, and develop good rapport with residents, demonstrating appropriate responses to clients with mental or emotional needs.
  7. Consistently demonstrate professionalism in dress, attitude, communication, attendance, preparation, ownership, respectfulness, truthfulness, and reliability, and demonstrate understanding of the skills required of a professional Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).
  8. Understand and implement patient and resident rights, including the right to choice, privacy, and confidentiality, and abide by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws at all times.
  9. Understand and follow the scope of practice of a Nurse Aide.

CNA Salaries

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Nursing Assistants $32,954

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2021)

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