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Greenfield Community College
  • One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301
  • 413-775-1615
  • Vocational Skills Training
CNA / HHA Training Program
Program activities:

This combined 100+ hour training prepares you for two certificates: Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide! Learn all the skills required to succeed as a direct care worker in a friendly, hands-on, adult-centered learning environment. The program ends with a clinical rotation to support your healthcare education and career. Graduates of GCC’s CNA/HHA program go on to work as direct care providers in a home setting or at a facility, such as an assisted living facility or in a hospital.

Learners who successfully complete this program will earn a Home Health Aide Certification and a Nursing Assistant Certificate of Completion, which meets the educational/clinical hours eligibility requirement to take the Massachusetts state exam to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) credential. Successful completion also enables graduates to receive:

Home Health Aide (HHA) Certification
American Heart Association First Aid Certification
American Heart Association CPR Certification
Person-Centered Dementia Care Certificate of Completion

Nursing Assistant Training: Massachusetts law requires that anyone planning to work as a nursing assistant in a long term care facility (formerly called nursing homes) complete this required training and pass a state competency exam. The state testing fee is included in tuition (no cost to the student). All students who successfully pass this course are qualified to take the MA Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation.

Home Health Aide Training: In Massachusetts, anyone planning to work for a state approved Home Health Agency must have their HHA certificate. All students who successfully pass this course will receive their HHA certificate, which never expires. You will always be able to work as a Home Health Aide.

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

This program aims to enroll unemployed and underemployed adults in the Franklin and Hampshire counties.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 20
Total hours: 26
Program duration: 7 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 4
Program start dates: Programs start in April, July, October and January
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-11:30amCNA / HHA - Lecture
12:00pm-2:30pmCNA / HHA - Skills
Other Schedule Information: The final week of the program includes a required clinical rotation at a local assistant care facility. This training program is fully in-person. There are a few full-day lectures and full-day skills practice, plus there are five full-day clinical days.
Is the program offered remotely? No
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

1 College Drive, Greenfield MA (GCC's Campus), in the East BuildingThere is ample free parking, and the institution is accessible via public transportation (bus).
Program requirements: CORI check, Immunizations/Health Records
Program is CORI friendly? No
Anticipated outcomes: Home Health Aide Certification | CPR & First Aid Certification | Nursing Assistant Certificate of Completion | Nursing Assistant Certificate of Completion meets the eligibility requirement to take the state CNA exam. | Person-Centered Dementia Care Certificate of Completion
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
Test/License Fees
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? Yes
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Corinne Marton
Telephone: 413-775-1626
Program code: GCC-IH-VT-CNA
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes