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. (When state certification testing resumes.) 

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 certificates programs.

Applications deadline for spring January 12, 2021.
Spring classes start January 19, 2021
Registration for spring 2021 classes begins October 19th, 2020 for continuing students and November 9th, 2020 for new students. Upon acceptance into any of the spring semester nurse aide classes, please contact the Chair of the Nurse Aide program for orientation information. Please Note: This program requires a separate application in addition to the application to become a CCD student.

2-week Accelerated Nurse Aide class.

CCD is also pleased to announce one Accelerated Nurse Aide class, beginning January 4, 2021, through January 18, 2021, on the Auraria campus. This course will be held each day Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For details about eligibility, please contact the Nurse Aide Application Assistant, Kathy Welsch."

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 pewter gray 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 select a session that will work with your schedule. Some course options are listed below. Please note that some sections may not be offered, based on enrollment.

Auraria or Lowry Spring Semester 2021

  • 7-Week: Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays | 5 - 8:30 p.m.
  • 5-Week: Mondays/Wednesdays | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 15-Week: Fridays | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Each section is limited to 10 seats.

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 clinicals.
  • 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: Pewter gray 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.