Certified Nursing Assistant

A medical student examines a patient simulator with an instructor

Certified Nursing Assistant Program Summary
  • CNA Certification, along with CPR, HHA, and Alzheimer's Trainings
  • Fee: Free of Charge* (If you are receiving SNAP, TAFDC or other benefits).
  • Cost: If an individual doesn't receive benefits, then they can pay out of pocket. The cost of the CNA program is $2880. We accept bank checks or credit cards.
  • Instruction: Hybrid Format: In-person/Lecture & Online
  • Length: 5 weeks - Day Session | 6 weeks- Evening Session
  • Requirement: 18+ yrs old, Fully COVID-19 Vaccinated, Clean CORI/SORI check Required Medical Records.
  • Employment Search: After completing the CNA program successfully, students will spend 4 weeks in employment search, so they can successfully find a CNA job.
  • CNA State Testing: After completing the CNA program, students will take the CNA MA State exam to attain their CNA license. Jump Start will help students attain the license.

*Additional Funding Sources- This course may be eligible for funding for qualified Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) & TAFDC recipients. Please consult your SNAP/ TAFDC advisor or contact the HCC Jump Start department. Additional funding may be available under other grants. Please contact the Jump Start Department at 413.552.2730.

Program Description:

During the course of the CNA program, you will attain the following certifications:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • CPR/AED & First Aid Certification
  • Home Health Aide (HHA) Training Certificate
  • Dementia Certificate
  • Alzheimer's & Dementia Training

Program Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age 
  • Massachusetts Resident
  • COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Other Medical Documentation (see under Medical Requirements).
  • CORI/SORI records
  • Drug Screening

Medical Requirements:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination: fully vaccinated
  • TB Shot
  • Flu Shot
  • Physical Exam
  • Immunization Records

Failure to submit the above medical records will result in your being withdrawn from the class.

Program Details:


  • The CNA program is Free of Charge for those receiving benefits (* if receiving SNAP/TAFDC benefits).
  • If a student doesn't receive benefits, then they can pay out of pocket. The cost of the CNA program is $2880. We accept bank checks or credit cards.


  • Morning CNA Session: 5 weeks
  • Monday through Friday 9am-2.30pm at HCC campus
  • 1 week of clinical rotation 7.45am-1.45pm at offsite location
  • Evening CNA Session: 6 weeks
  • Monday through Thursday 4.30pm-9pm at HCC Campus
  • 1 week of clinical rotation 4pm-9pm at offsite location.

Required Materials:

  • Students will be provided materials through Jump Start. Class supplies include: CNA textbooks, notebook, and stationery.

In Depth Description about Certificates

CNA & CPR Certificate

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program will prepare you with entry level job skills which enable you to take a step in the healthcare field and prepare you for the Massachusetts state board examination for CNA. Along with your CNA certification, you will also receive certification in CPR. With the help of our training, students learn to take care of patients and residents in long term-care facilities. Students will learn the following skills: patient care, patient rights,vital signs, lifting and moving patients, infection control, feeding and bathing, and mental health care of residents. 

This program is approved by the MA Division of Health Care Quality.

Major topics will include:

  • Vital Signs
  • Moving and Turning Patients
  • CPR
  • Personal Care Basics
  • Infection Control
  • Record Keeping
  • Safety and Emergency Procedures
  • Bed Bath and Feeding
  • Promoting Residents' Independence and Respecting Residents' Rights
  • Certification Exam Review

Home Health Aide Training

Students will learn to provide care for a patient at the patient's home after completion of the HHA program. The main focus is personal care and home management for patients- but students will also learn about family issues, meal preparation, social activities, housekeeping etc. There are also legal and ethical issues, which will be addressed during the HHA course. 

Alzheimer's & Dementia Training

Neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Dementia will be discussed in this training along with personality changes, physical and emotional changes. Numerous strategies will be discussed regarding working with memory-impaired individuals.

Interested? Please complete the Jump Start Inquiry Form here or call the Jump Start Department at 413-552-2730

*Disclaimer: Information is subject to change, Please call the Jump Start office for the most up to date information.

Aimee Funk

Program Director

Jump Start Program

Kittredge Center 322

413.552.2005 (Tel)

Amy Shaikh

Placement Assistant

Jump Start Program

Kittredge Center 322

413.552.2730 (Tel)