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Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Prep for a New Career as a Certified Nurse Assistant

Certified Nurse Assistants work in a variety of settings including nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals. Earn your certification and become an important part of the healthcare team, helping people with with activities of daily living, including personal hygiene, mobility, nutrition and other needs.


hour program gets you ready to take your certifying exam


hours of clinical placement are included in the program


to work and become a vital part of the healthcare industry

What You'll Study in the CNA Program

The 120-hour Dutchess Community College CNA program offers convenience and flexibility, with evening and online classes at the Family Partnership Center in downtown Poughkeepsie and 30 hours of clinical placements at a local nursing home. After completing the program, graduates can take the NYS Department of Health Certification Exam.



Common Questions About CNA Certification

The program costs $1,595. Additional expenses include a physical, immunizations, TB test, text, uniform, and NYS DOH Certification Exam.

You'll need to attend an online orientation session first. Choose an upcoming session. If you have questions, contact the program coordinator, Professor Grutzner, at or call (845) 431-8911.

DCC offers CNA training sessions in spring, summer and fall. You can take evening and online classes at the Family Partnership (29 N. Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie), and you'll complete clinical hours in a variety of settings.


Contact Us

Office of Workforce Development & Continuing Education

222/223 Bowne Hall
Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8900

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601