As of 2015, no colleges offer free nursing assistant classes. Colleges that offer nursing assistant classes as part of a certified nursing assistant program include Community College of Rhode Island, San Diego Community College, Fox Valley Technical College and Renton Technical College, notes Learn.org.
Most certified nursing assistant programs do not offer a degree; however, students may receive a certificate or diploma. All prepare students for the required exam they must complete to become certified in their state. Examples of subjects that may be covered are personal care skills, medical terminology, basic nursing skills, theory, convalescent care, acute care, home health aide and patient rights.
One such program is through San Diego Community College. It requires 250 to 260 hours and can be completed in 12 to 16 weeks. Students in this program learn about emergency procedures and the prevention of catastrophes, how to take vital signs, restorative care, charting, observational skills and body mechanics. Those who complete the training can apply to be a certified nurse assistant by taking the state exam through the California Department of Public Health.
Other colleges that offer certified nursing assistant programs include Okefenokee Technical College, Macomb Community College and Mesa Community College, states Learn.org.