Main Content


Tri-level Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

This certificate program teaches basic nursing skills and beginning interpersonal relationship skills. The graduate will be able to provide care to patients of all ages under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse. Day and evening classes offered. The Tri-level Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide course is recommended for students planning to continue their education into the Nursing Program.

  • Day courses meet 3 mornings a week for 15 weeks.
  • Evening courses meet 3 evenings a week for 15 weeks.
  • Supervised clinical practice in nursing home and hospital settings.
  • CPR and First Aid certificate course included.
  • 7 college credits

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to provide basic nursing care to patients of all ages under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse within the following settings:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Home Care

Note: This course meets Federal and State guidelines for nursing assistant and home health aide training.

Admission into the program requires that the applicant attend a Nursing Assistant Information Session.

See: Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Admissions Requirements

COVID Vaccine Statement for Health Profession Students 

Although currently the Commonwealth of Massachusetts doesn’t mandate the COVID Vaccine, students in a health profession program may be required to have the vaccine and show proof if required by a clinical/fieldwork partner.

While the college will make a reasonable effort to place you in a clinical facility, clinical placement cannot be guaranteed in an un-immunized status. If the college cannot secure a clinical placement due to your un-immunized status then you will be unable to complete the program's clinical requirement. Thus, you will be unable to progress and will fail out of the program. In order to avoid this situation, the College strongly recommends that all Health Profession students obtain the COVID Vaccine no later than August 11th, 2021.

Apply Request Info
CNA117   Tri-level Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
HEA130   Standard First Aide and Basic Life Support (CPR)
Total Credits 7

NOTE: To remain in this program, a student must maintain a 75% average in the required courses, a satisfactory clinical evaluation, and adhere to the attendance policy.

There are unlimited employment opportunities for graduates to work in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, home care and hospice settings. Graduates are eligible to take the State certification exam as nursing assistants and are certified as Home Health Aides and in CPR/First Aid Basic Life Support.

Upon completion of the Tri-level Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate, students are able to:

  • Provide basic care in activities of daily living to patients of all ages under the direction and supervision of the registered nurse in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, and in other health care facilities.
  • Demonstrate basic competence in skills required by state and federal guidelines.
  • Communicate a caring attitude and behaviors in all professional interactions.
  • Apply principles of patient safety and infection control.
  • Pass the state exam both written and skills demonstration and be placed in the Nurse Aide Registry.

In order to be eligible for and successfully complete the Tri-level Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Certificate, certain physical and behavioral standards are required as part of the program and clinical/lab experience. These technical standards have been developed using the U.S. Department of Labor's skills and abilities for those working in a medical setting. Some cooperative work experience opportunities may have additional requirements beyond the technical standards listed here and requirements may vary by agency. Students must satisfy the program’s technical standards and the individual agency requirements before a clinical assignment is approved.

These technical standards are established in accordance with the Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act. All students must be able to satisfy these standards with or without a reasonable accommodation. These include:

Communication (Verbal and Non-Verbal)

  • Communicate effectively either independently or with corrective devices.
  • Communicate in English through reading, orally and in writing to instructors, professors, clinical staff, clients, families and all members of the health care team.
  • Understand oral directions/requests from health care workers, clients, voice pages and telephone messages stated in a normal tone.

Auditory Ability

  • Hear all alarms on technical and supportive equipment set at a normal volume.
  • Listen and respond to distress sounds from clients.
  • Accurately detect audibly blood pressure readings with a stethoscope.

Visual Ability

  • See and accurately read all written medical information pertaining to the client.
  • See and accurately read all readings and functions of technical equipment pertaining to client care.
  • See and accurately read all calibrated containers for accurate measurement of body fluids and specimens.

Physical Strength (Gross Motor Control)

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds unassisted in a safe manner, thereby protecting yourself, the client, and those in close proximity to you.
  • Bend and/or lift to assist client with activities of daily living and manipulate client equipment.
  • Lift to safely transfer or position all clients in various situations.
  • Move, push or pull equipment, beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Ability to raise arms over one’s head in order to assist clients and manipulate equipment.
  • Walk/stand for extended periods and distances over an 8-hour period.

Manual Dexterity (Fine Motor Movement)

  • Accurately manipulate dials, gauges, buttons and switches to set, monitor and care for client care related equipment.
  • Safely and effectively perform dressing procedures without contaminating the wound.
  • Successfully don and remove protective apparel (including sterile gloves) to maintain standard precautions.

Behavioral/Mental Performance

  • Function safely, effectively and calmly under stressful situations.
  • Prioritize and manage tasks simultaneously.
  • Exhibit social skills necessary to interact therapeutically with clients, families, staff and faculty.
  • Maintain personal hygiene consistent with department dress code guidelines.
  • Display ethical attitudes and actions consistent with professional behavior.
  • Display the social skills to behave with politeness, tact and sensitivity to others in all settings.
  • Exhibit respect for cultural and ethnic differences of clients, peers and individuals.
  • Remain free from alcohol and/or chemical impairment in classroom and clinical settings at all times.

See also: Immunization Requirements

Contact the Nursing Assistant Program

Pauline Philie, Program Coordinator
Phone 774.330.4514
Marti Tardif, Program Office Assistant
Phone 774.330.4452