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Notre Dame Education Center - Lawrence, Inc.
  • 354 Merrimack Street, Ste. 210, Lawrence, MA 01843
  • 978-682-6441
  • Vocational Skills Training
Nursing Assistant Training Program
Program activities:

The main components of the program are content and skills training necessary to pass the Massachusetts certification test to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) through Headmaster/Diversified, the MA state certification test vendor and a home health aide through the MA Home Care Aide Council test. Also included is curriculum related to job readiness (resume writing, cover letter development, interview preparation, exploration of job opportunities, critical thinking), digital literacy (keyboarding, emailing, Google Docs and Slides), dementia training, and Basic Life Support.

The program also includes on-line job searches, a personalized job fair, mock interviews with local employers, 5 days of clinical experience at a long-term care facility and an optional 4 days of job shadowing at Lawrence General Hospital. ln addition, students work in the computerized national adult basic education WorkKeys Curriculum to improve reading, math, and employability skills correlated to the O’Net job description for CNAs. Candidates must pass three WorkKeys exams to receive the ACT National Work readiness certificate.

A health exam, covid and flu vaccinations, and an acceptable CORI are required for admission to the program, as well as a middle school English reading and math level.

For more information visit: Nursing Assistant Program | Notre Dame Education Center (

Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Compassionate adult caregivers interested in employment as home health aides and nursing assistants.

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 12
Total hours: 25
Program duration: 9 weeks
Rolling Admission: No
Number of cycles: 4
Program start dates: Contact provider.
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-2:00pmJob readiness, education
9:00am-12:30pmNursing assistant training
1:00pm-2:00pmJob readiness, education
Other Schedule Information: One week of clinical training, 8am-2pm Optional job shadow at Lawrence General Hospital Test prep and certification testing during last week of training
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

354 Merrimack Street, Suite 210, Lawrence, MA 01843Bus stop and train station nearby
Program requirements: CORI check, Immunizations/Health Records
Program is CORI friendly? No
Anticipated outcomes: Certified Nursing Asst (CNA), Home Health Aid (HHA), Basic Life Support (BLS), National Work Readiness, Dementia Training
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Basic skills gain, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
Test/License Fees
Referrals/Job Coaching
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? Yes
Out of pocket expense(s) or additional information: Shoes appropriate for work environment
Do participants receive any pay? Not applicable

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Alisa Povenmire
Telephone: 978-682-6441
Program code: NDE-VT-NA
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes