NURSING, ALLIED HEALTH, AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS Nurse Aide Training (CNA) – WIA approved (Financial assistance may be available through the Department of Labor)
This 124 hour non-credit program will prepare individuals with the entry skills needed to become a Certified Nurse Aide. We offer classroom lecture, hands-on laboratory skills practice and clinical rotation at an area nursing facility. Day and Evening programs available.

Nurse Aide Training (CNA) with English as a Second Language (ESL) component. – WIA approved
The 50-hour ESL component which primarily precedes the core CNA training, is designed to help ESL students understand and communicate English more effectively.Nurse Aide RefresherThis course may be for you if you have let your nurse aide certification lapse and want to refresh your skills prior to taking the state certification examination. Home Health Aide This program is offered to Connecticut Certified Nurse Aides wishing to transition their careers to the home care field and hospice.

Hospital Patient Care Technician – WIA approved
This non-credit certificate program combines the competencies of a certified nurse aide with additional advanced skills to prepare students for a career in medical facilities, specifically hospital settings.

Pre-requisites: Certified Nurse Aide, a high school diploma or GED is strongly recommended, CASAS reading and math competency testing may be required, Physical Examination and proof of current immunizations and PPD.

Step 1 Required courses:
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers
Medical Terminology
Health Care Practices           
EKG Skills and Pulse Oximetry

Step 2 Required Courses:
Phlebotomy *
Advanced Patient Care Skills**

*The four preceding modules are required to be completed prior to enrolling.
**All modules are required to be completed before enrollment in Advanced Patient Care Skills

Pharmacy Technician – WIA approved
This comprehensive, 60-hour course will prepare students for an entry-level position in a community, hospital or long term care setting. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board national certification exam. Prospective students will need to demonstrate math fluency.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) – WIA approved
This EMT course is offered to prepare students to take the state certification examination. These classes meet evenings and some Saturdays and include lecture and skills practicum. Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 18 must have parental permission.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
In partnership with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, we offer an opportunity for EMTs to enhance their skills in patient assessment, airway management and ventilation, venous access and fluid infusion. Call the CE office for more information and an application.

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers and Renewal classes
These American Heart Association (AHA) course is intended for the health care professional and includes CPR, AED, foreign body airway obstruction relief, barrier devices and use of bag-valve masks.

Disaster Preparedness
A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program is being offered free of charge to help prepare yourself, your family and neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an emergency disaster incident, emergency personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property. In coordination with local, state and federal emergency response agencies and made available nationally by FEMA communities are training and organizing CERT teams across the country. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 18 must have written parental permission.

ServSafe/Qualified Food Operator (QFO) – WIA approved
This 8-hour course prepares you to take the examination from the National Restaurant Association for  certification as a QFO, which fulfills the Connecticut Public Health Code requirement. You will learn the standards of food safety, food-borne diseases, and food service sanitation.

Professional continuing education modules are available to Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses,  Emergency Medical Technicians, and Medical Assistants. Please refer to our course catalog for current listings. 

We are expanding our continuing education offerings in allied health to meet the needs of health care professionals in the area. If you have a suggestion for a course, please contact Heather Cappabianca, RN, MHA at 860-738-6484 or