Certified Nurse Assistant

Become a trained professional who supports the nursing staff in hospitals, long-term care facilities and rehabilitation clinics by providing basic care for patients. Students will be eligible for certification by the American Red Cross upon successful completion of the following courses, which must be taken concurrently:

AHE 110 - Principles of Clinical Practice  (on-line course)
This course includes the anatomy and physiology of body systems, diseases and conditions, ethics in healthcare, communication skills, medical terminology and standard transmission-based precautions.

AHE 111 - Patient Care Skills (in-class learning 2-3 nights per week)
This course teaches the patient care theory and clinical skills required to take the Certified Nurse Aide and Home Health exams.

AHE 106 - Practicum for Nurse Aide (off-site practicum)
This is a clinical practicum of 21 hours at a skilled nursing facility to fulfill the State Nurse Aide Certification requirement.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Patient Care Technician Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.


Kimberly Burke
Senior Program Coordinator

Bunker Hill Community College 
Chelsea Campus
70 Everett Avenue Chelsea,
MA 02150

kmbu9414@bhcc.mass.edu | 617-228-2475