CNA Classes In Massachusetts

The healthcare industry in Massachusetts is growing and it can provide stable jobs for people looking to join the field as a CNA. If you are a high school graduate in Massachusetts you can get a certification as a Nursing Assistant. A CNA program in Massachusetts can be completed in a matter of weeks, and once completed, you will be eligible to work in hospitals, nursing homes, and a wide range of other healthcare institutions. CNAs in Massachusetts can make up to $48,880 per year. We have programs listed here in Massachusetts from Boston to Providence.

Who is the Regulatory Body for CNAs in Massachusetts?

The Nurse Aide Registry Program is the governing body that oversees all aspects of licensing and registration for CNAs in Massachusetts.

Who Administers the CNA Exam in Massachusetts?

The Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation in Massachusetts is administered by either the Nurse Aide Registry Program or the Red Cross Institute. Our CNA practice tests are a free way to help you prepare for the CNA multiple-choice exam. Take all of our tests by clicking on the following buttons.

How Do I Become a CNA in Massachusetts?

As with most professions in the healthcare industry, CNAs have to meet some requirements before providing care. So what are the Massachusetts State Requirements for CNAs?

In Massachusetts, candidates are eligible to take nurse aide tests by completing a state-approved CNA program. Candidates must complete 100 hours of minimum coursework in their CNA classes. Within this, candidates must complete 60 hours of classroom learning and 40 hours of clinical/externship classes.

The 40 hours of clinical work typically involves hands-on skills, such as bedpan processes, patient daily activities, grooming, vital signs, and patient communication. The length of CNA programs varies from 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the program.

How much do CNA classes cost in Massachusetts?

Typical costs are broad in range, but average between $850 and $2000, depending on the program. CNA programs are available across the state at Braintree, Easton, Worcester, Leominster, Lawrence, Springfield, and Peabody. Before enrolling in CNA classes you’ll typicall be required to attend an orientation session, pass a criminal background check, complete a physical, pass a tuberculosis test, and pass a reading and math assessment. You may also have the option to present your high school diploma or GED certificate to bypass the reading and math assessment.

Once the NACE is passed, CNAs have their name listed on the statewide Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry. Once listed, nurse aides in Massachusetts must renew their registration every two years.

Massachusetts CNA Exam Details

The CNA exam in Massachusetts is called the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation. The NACE is administered by the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry Program and the Red Cross Institute. It has two parts, a 60-question multiple-choice test, and a clinical skills exam. The clinical skills exam requires that the candidate bring an “actor” to conduct skills on. The actor must be over 18 years of age and not be taking the CNA test within the next 6 months. More information on the test can be found in the Red Cross Nursing Aide Testing Candidate FAQ guide here.

How Much Does the Massachusetts CNA Exam Cost?

You can take the written and skills portion of the Massachusetts CNA exam as a package deal for $100. If you’d prefer to take an oral exam in place of a written exam, you can do that for $50. Otherwise, the individual components of the tests are priced as follows:

  • Written exam: $40
  • Skills exam: $60

Where Can I Take the CNA Exam in Massachusetts?

You can set up a testing date, time, and location through either the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry Program or the state’s Red Cross. Contact information for both providers can be found below:

Nurse Aide Registry Program
67 Forest St.
Marlborough, MA 01752
(617) 753-8000

Red Cross Locations

140 Wood Rd.
Braintree MA 01284

16 Belmont St.
Easton MA 02375
(781) 364-6249

60 Island St.
Lawrence MA 01840

85 Lowell St.
Peabody MA 01968
(978) 482-5395

2000 Century Dr.
Worcester MA 01606

150 Brookdale Ave.
Springfield MA 01104

34 Pearly Lane
Gardner, MA 01440
(508) 595-3715

How Much Does a CNA Get Paid in Massachusetts?

The average CNA salary in Massachusetts is $41,390 with an average hourly wage of $19.90, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics May 2022 data. 

Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry

The following link will take you to the website where you can review the state’s status for a CNA – Massachusetts CNA Registry Status.

The CNA schools displayed in this section offer tuition-based programs.

Find Free CNA Classes in Massachusetts

If you’re looking for free CNA courses near you in Massachusetts, the following accredited facilities offer free CNA classes. If you have specific questions about the program, how to get free classes, or class schedules, please use their contact information or website to learn more. We also have a page dedicated specifically to CNA classes in Boston if you’re looking for local programs there.

CNA Free Class LocationsCityPhone
Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Country Estates
Agawam, MA 01001-2933(413) 789-2200
Belmont Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Belmont, MA 02478(617) 489-1200
Westover Job Corps Center
Chicopee, MA 01022(413) 593-4000
Shriver Job Corps Center
Devens, MA 01434-5106(978) 784-2600
Bristol Community College
Fall River, MA 02720508-678-2811
North Shore Community College
Lynn, MA 01901781-593-6722
Hannah B. G. Shaw Home
Middleboro, MA 02346(508) 947-0332
Grafton Job Corps Center
North Grafton, MA 01536(508) 887-7300
University of Massachusetts
Plymouth, MA 02360508-747-6064
Project Hope
Roxbury, MA 02119(617) 442-1880
Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Gloucester, MA 01930-4832(978) 283-0300

More CNA Classes in Massachusetts

If the above locations offering CNA classes are not a good match for you or your schedule, there are many other tuition-based programs that can help you earn your CNA certification in Massachusetts, which we have listed below. To find even more classes you can find an additional list of CNA classes in Massachusetts here.

International Health Care Training and Services, LLC
Attleboro, MA 02703(508) 222-8710
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District
Billerica, MA 01821(978) 667-2111
Bunker Hill Community College
Boston, MA 02129-2925(617) 228-2000
Bourne Manor Extended Care Facility
Bourne, MA 02532(508) 759-8880
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
Bourne, MA 02532(508) 759-7711
Pleasant Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Brewster, MA 02631(508) 240-3500
Brockton Public Schools
Brockton, MA 02301(508) 580-7000
Rindge School of Technical Arts
Cambridge, MA 02318(617) 349-6630
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Canton, MA 02021(781) 828-5800
Westover Job Corps Center
Chicopee, MA 01022(413) 593-4000
North Shore Community College
Danvers, MA 01923(978) 762-4000
PJB Medical Career Center
Dedham, MA 02026(781) 326-3509
Shriver Job Corps Center
Devens, MA 01434-5106(978) 784-2600
Coastal Career Academy
Fall River, MA 02721(508) 536-5366
Health Care Training Services
Fall River, MA 02723(508) 672-6800
Royal Falmouth Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Falmouth, MA 02540(508) 548-3800
Tantasqua Regional High School
Fiskdale, MA 01518(508) 347-9301
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
Fitchburg, MA 01420(978) 345-9200
Saint Patrick’s Manor
Framingham, MA 01701(508) 879-8000
Metrowest Healthcare Academy
Framingham, MA 01702(508) 872-5973
Mount Wachusett Community College
Gardner, MA 01440(978) 632-6600
Gloucester, MA 01930(978) 282-9951
Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility
Greenfield, MA 01301(413) 774-3724
The Royal at Harwich Village
Harwich, MA 02645(508) 430-7067
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Harwich, MA 02645(508) 432-4500
Holyoke Community College
Holyoke, MA 01040(413) 538-7000
CNS Academy for Healthcare Professionals, Inc.
Holyoke, MA 01040(413) 998-3176
Cape Cod Healthcare
Hyannis, MA 02601(508) 771-1800
Linda Manor Extended Care Facility
Leeds, MA 01053(413) 586-7700
Minuteman High School
Lexington, MA 02421(781) 861-6500
Middlesex Community College
Lowell, MA 01852(978) 656-3009
Commonwealth Nursing Services
Lowell, MA 01852(978) 459-7771
Seraphic Springs Health Care Agency, Inc.
Lynn, MA 01904(781) 780-6515
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Lynn, MA 01905(781) 593-1680
Medford Public Schools
Medford, MA 02155(781) 393-2387
Training Resources of America, Inc.
New Bedford, MA 02740(508) 984-7419
New Bedford High School
New Bedford, MA 02740(508) 997-4511
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
New Bedford, MA 02745(508) 998-3321
Life Stream, Inc.
New Bedford, MA 02746(508) 993-1991
Grafton Job Corps Center
North Grafton, MA 01536(508) 887-7300
Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group
Norwell, MA 02061(781) 878-6700
Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557(508) 696-6465
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School
Palmer, MA 01069(413) 283-9701
Boston Allied Health Training Center
Park, MA 02136(617) 333-0195
Hillcrest Commons Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Pittsfield, MA 01201(413) 445-2300
Plymouth Public Schools
Plymouth, MA 02360(508) 830-4300
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
Rochester, MA 02770(508) 763-8011
Roxbury Community College
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120(617) 427-0060
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Roxbury, MA 02120(617) 635-8970
Sommerville High School
Somerville, MA 02143(617) 625-6600
Notre Dame Education Center
South Boston, MA 02127(617) 268-1912
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School 
South Easton, MA 02375(508) 230-1200
Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield, MA 01102-9000(413) 781-7822
Massachusetts Career Development Institute, Inc.
Springfield, MA 01109(413) 781-5640
Advantage Home Health Care Services
Stoughton, MA 02072(781) 436-5071
Franklin County Technical School
Turners Falls, MA 01376(413) 863-9561
Greater Lowell Technical High School
Tyngsboro, MA 01879(978) 454-5411
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School
Upton, MA 01568(508) 529-7758
Northeast Metro Tech
Wakefield, MA 01880(781) 246-0810
Epoch Senior Living Home
Waltham, MA 02453(781) 891-0777
MassBay Community College
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481(781) 239-3000
Westfield Vocational Technical High School
Westfield, MA 01085(413) 572-6533
Nashoba Valley Technical School District
Westford, MA 01886(978) 692-4711
Quinsigamond Community College
Worcester, MA 01606(508) 853-2300
3 Dimensions Health Services
Worcester, MA 01609(508) 799-9786