Nurse Assisting

Becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is a great way to start your career in healthcare! CNAs can work in a wide variety of health care environments, including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, mental health facilities, and schools. The Nurse Assisting program at Emily Griffith Technical College is your first step toward that career!

Start your career in healthcare!

In just 8 weeks, you can be ready to take the certification exam and get an entry-level position as a CNA helping people in your community. Other perks of our program include:

  • one of the lowest tuition rates in the Denver area
  • hands-on experience in our nurse assisting lab
  • both day and evening classes offered to fit into your schedule
  • our CNAs can go on to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN), or take on other roles in health care 

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.) 

A reading test is required for entrance into the program. Additional costs, which are not included in the tuition, for this program include book, uniforms, watch with second hand, and fees associated with state board testing. Proof of a negative TB test is required prior to the clinical rotation.

It costs approximately $833 to get your CNA certificate at Emily Griffith Tech College, books and additional fees may apply          Certified Nurse Assistants earn an average of $28,096 per year (entry-level) or $13.51 per hour          In just 6 weeks (full-time plus clinical) you can earn a CNA certificate

Nurse Assisting Program Flyer

Nurse Assisting Checklist

Gainful Employment Information

Learn more about career advancement, licensing and credit transfering for Nurse Assisting and other Health Science and Administration programs with our HSA Road Map.

2019–2020 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate.

Due to high program demand, some start dates may be on a waitlist. To be added to a waitlist, you will need to complete the admissions steps and meet with an advisor. 

Part-Time (daytime)

Start Date End Date Days Time Status


10/9/2019 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Closed


10/8/2019 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Closed


12/9/2019 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Closed


12/17/2019 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Closed


3/2/2020 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Closed


2/25/2020 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Closed


5/4/2020 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm



5/7/2020 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Closed


7/1/2020 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Delayed Start


6/30/2020 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Delayed Start


Part-Time (evening)

Start Date End Date Days Time Status


11/7/2019 T/Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Closed


3/24/2020 T/Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Closed


7/7/2020 T/Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Delayed Start


2020–2021 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate.

Due to high program demand, some start dates may be on a waitlist. To be added to a waitlist, you will need to complete the admissions steps and meet with an advisor. 

Part-Time (daytime)

Start Date End Date Days Time Status


10/7/2020 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Open


12/7/2020 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Open


3/3/2021 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Open


5/3/2021 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Open


6/30/2021 (2 cohorts) M/W 8:00am–3:30pm Open


10/6/2020 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Open


12/8/2020 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm



2/23/2021 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Open


5/4/2021 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Open


7/1/2021 (2 cohorts) T/Th 8:00am–3:30pm Open


Part-Time (evening)

Start Date End Date Days Time Status


11/10/2020 T/Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Waitlist


3/25/2021 T/Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Open


6/24/2021 T/Th 5:00pm–9:00pm Open



Payment arrangements for the Nurse Assisting program are due at the time of course registration. Students who are not ready to make payment will not be registered. If registering a month or more before the cohort start date, a payment plan option is available with a $20 fee. If registering less than a month before the cohort start date, full payment may required.

Payment plan information: 
  • Downpayment and scheduled monthly payment amounts depend on the registration date and cohort schedule. 
  • Full payment must be completed by the end of class, before starting the clinical/internship. 
  • For example, a Nurse Assisting student who qualifies for two payments will make a down payment of $476.32 and one additional payment of $476.31 for a total of $952.63 ($932.63 program cost plus $20 fee).


Program Cost

  • Total Credit Hours: 5
  • Estimated In-State Tuition Cost: $933 (books may add to your final cost)

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Earning Potential

Occupation Projected Job Growth 2014-2024 Entry Level   Mean Experienced
Nursing Assistant 30% 13.51/hr ($28,096/yr)


16.64/hr ($34,619/yr)

18.21/hr ($37,880/yr)

Wage information is based on 2017 data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Office of Labor Market Information

*Salary is not guaranteed and should be used as a guideline only. 


To what types of jobs do these skills apply?

  • CNA positions
  • Companion aide
  • Home health aide
  • Primary care provider


What types of companies might hire me?

  • Assisted living centers
  • Boarding homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospice
  • Mental health facilities
  • Rehab centers
  • Schools
  • Senior day care centers
  • Temporary nursing agencies

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