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Nurse Aide

Start your career in healthcare as a Certified Nurse Aide

Do you take joy in helping others? Do you have experience taking care of family members in need? At it’s core, a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) provides basic care and support for patients in medical facilities such as, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and even in a patient’s home. As a CNA you will also assist licensed nursing staff with monitoring and communicating directly with patient’s to help determine their health status and administer medication. Becoming a CNA is an excellent way to introduce yourself to the rewarding field of nursing and other health professions.

The Nurse Aide program at Otero College is offered each semester. With cooperation from area hospitals, students receive education, training, and practical application experience that prepares them to work in CNA positions.

Earn your CNA certificate at zero-cost to you!

Care Forward Colorado provides zero-cost, short-term healthcare training at Otero College. In one year or less, you can learn the skills to become a certified nursing assistant, emergency services professional, or licensed clinical phlebotomist.

Starting in Spring 2023, students who enroll in eligible healthcare certificate programs will have tuition, fees, and materials covered as Care Forward Colorado funding allows. Apply to Otero, enroll in an eligible program, and have your bill paid.

Short 9-week courses available

These intensive short courses will run:

  • January - March
  • March - May

Successful completion of coursework and program requirements entitles the graduate to apply to the Colorado Board of Nursing to take the certification exam for Certified Nurse Aide. 

Required Courses


NUA 1001
NUA 1002
NUA 1070
Nurse Aide Health Care Skills
Certification Exam Prep
Nursing Aide Clinical Experience

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