Program Information

Community College of Denver’s Nurse Aide Program offers hands-on, practical opportunities to promote experiential learning through laboratory simulation and clinical rotations. This five-credit certificate is offered at a variety of times and durations to help fit your busy schedule. Classes during the day and evening are available at either our downtown Denver campus (Auraria Campus) or our Lowry location (Health Sciences at Lowry). Our program meets the Colorado OBRA certification requirements and is approved by the State Board of Nursing; successful graduates are eligible to take the state certification exam. 

Our CNAs can go on to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurses (RN), or take advantage of one of our other health science degrees or stackable certificate programs.

Upcoming Virtual Nurse Aide Information Sessions

Please join us for one of our virtual information sessions to learn more about our program. Sessions will be held bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 9 - 9:45 a.m.  Information sessions will be held on August 4, 11, 18, and 25th. 

Meeting ID: 952 8435 1638   

Passcode: 7id5eJ

Call-In Information: 346.248.7799

Course Costs

Please be aware that this program is five credits and therefore not financial aid eligible. Due to this restriction, once you have been accepted into the nurse aide program, you must either pay in full or make payment arrangements to pay for the course.

The estimates provided here apply only to Colorado residents and are subject to change. You must live in the state of Colorado for at least one continuous year prior to the first day of classes to be eligible for in-state tuition. The actual costs for the program will vary, depending on the

  • Tuition & fee changes for each year, *(Students taking classes only at Lowry will not be charged for the same fees as those students taking classes on the Auraria Campus.)
  • the amount available from the College Opportunity Fund (COF), and
  • cost of immunizations, uniforms, shoes, gait belt, and wrist-watch costs.
Nurse Aide Course Costs
Tuition & Fees AMOUNT
Resident Tuition $1,169.50
COF Stipend $<425.00>
* Fees $358.72
Student Tuition & Fees Cost Sub-Total $1,103.22
Associated Course Costs
Castle Branch Background Check Package Code: OM22 $34.20
Immunizations obtained through Auraria Health Center (TB Skin Test & Flu Shot) $5.00
Scrubs (Must be ordered through Crazy Scrubs and needs to be Caribbean blue color) $64.00
Gait Belt (required for clinical experience) $8.00
NNAAP Exam (written) $50.00
NNAAP Exam (skills) $85.00
Textbook & Workbook (both are required) $64.00
Associated Course Cost Sub-Total (approximate) $310.20
Total Cost of Course (Approximate) $1,413.42

Scholarships are now available for short certificates at CCD. Please visit the scholarship website and see if you are eligible.

Class Schedules

Please call 303.365.8300 for further information regarding any future semesters in which you may be interested.

Our classes are offered at two different campuses: Health Sciences at Lowry location near Aurora and the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver.

Please note that NUA 101 and NUA 170 are co-requisite classes, which means after you have been accepted into the nurse aide program, you must register for both the NUA 101 & the NUA 170 classes at the same time.

Clinical IDs

  • Student ID badges must be worn in class and during clinical.
  • Your picture will be taken at the nurse aide orientation.
  • The cost of your badge is included in your tuition and fees.

NOTE: Lost or damaged ID badges must be replaced before any clinical and may be obtained at $25.00 per replacement.

Required Textbook

Book Information

Must have both the textbook and the workbook:                            

  • Book title: Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care - Long Term Care, 4th Edition
  • ISBN info: 978-1604250749 (Softcover) or 978-19604250770 (hardcover)
  • Book title: Workbook (Hartman's Nursing Assistant Care - Long Term Care 4th ed.
  • ISBN info: 978-1-60425-075-6

You can purchase your book at the Auraria bookstore Tivoli Station or you're welcome to buy it somewhere else.

Required Uniform & Other Items

Uniform & Ancillary Items

You can purchase your scrubs and gait belt at orientation.

  • Scrubs: Caribbean blue scrubs
  • Shoes: Closed-toe, closed-heel, skid-resistant
  • Gait belt: No quick-release snaps, only nylon belts
  • Watch: Wrist-watch, with a second hand, any color, analog-only (no digital/smartwatches)

NOTE: You must wear your scrubs and clinical ID to each class and clinical.

COVID-19 Update For All Future Nurse Aide Program Students

Nurse Aide courses will be conducted as a hybrid course to reduce the amount of time required to meet in the lab. Lectures will be almost exclusively online along with supplemental exercises, quizzes, and discussions. Labs will be in class using physical distancing practices and will be on the day and times assigned. NUA 170 will be completed via simulation or online unless otherwise arranged with a local long-term care facility. The nurse aide program is taking the following steps to promote safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Increased physical distancing during skills lab and seating in the classroom.
  • Temperature and symptom screenings before each class.
  • A shift of 1 credit of coursework to online completion.
  • Increased use of PPE in the classroom including a face mask at all times.
  • Decreased partnered skills.
  • Increased hand-hygiene.
  • Increased classroom and equipment sanitation.

Please note the Community College of Denver is currently offering classes as is permitted by State and Local authorities. Course offerings or the status of a class can change at any time due to public health orders. There is also a longer than average wait time for completion of the Nurse Aide Certificate Exam due to the COVID-19 guidelines. Students who become ill during the program will not be permitted to participate in classroom activities and may not be allowed to complete the course at this time due to safety issues.