Certified Nursing Assistant Academy

Gaylord’s Certified Nursing Assistant program is a robust, in-person active learning experience. The classroom portion of the program is held in Gaylord’s Nursing Education Classroom and Simulation Lab. The clinical portion of the program takes place on a rehabilitation unit within Gaylord Hospital. Upon program completion, students are prepared to take the CT Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification examination. The program is led by a registered nurse and a CNA with many years of experience at Gaylord. Group size will be limited to 8 students per session.

Why Gaylord?

Gaylord recognizes that the CNA is an integral role within the hospital setting and believes in building an educational structure that best prepares CNA’s to perform the critical tasks that ensure patients are well-cared for and safe during their hospital stays.

The CNA Academy at Gaylord addresses these challenges by ensuring that all CNAs who complete and graduate from the CNA program have the knowledge required to care for patients in unique and complex medical care environments and intensive rehabilitation, like Gaylord. The clinical rotation at Gaylord is provided on a rehabilitation unit in a long-term acute care hospital located on the same campus as the education portion of the program, no additional traveling is required.

Through the CNA Academy at Gaylord, students will be trained with state-of-the-art equipment, and exposed to a diverse team of experienced staff members, and to patients with various complex medical needs.

CNA Academy graduates who successfully pass the curriculum and certification exam may be eligible for employment at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare. Click here to learn about the benefits of being part of the Gaylord nursing team.

Curriculum & Educators

Course content includes infection control, fall prevention strategies, legal and ethical responsibilities, effective communication, body mechanics, moving and positioning patients, personal care skills, nutrition, and measuring vital signs.

Interested in finding out more information about the CNA Academy at Gaylord?

Schedule a call below with Kristen Berg, CNA Program Coordinator

Kristen Berg, BSN, RN
CNA Academy Coordinator | Nurse Educator
(203) 679-3510

Application Process

Interested candidates can apply for the CNA Academy program on this page by filling out the form below or printing the two-page application and sending the form to CNAacademy@gaylord.org . Applications are due by September 30 for consideration for acceptance for the Winter 2022 program.

Winter Session Application Form

Candidates will be selected based on applications and invited to interview with the CNA Program Coordinator and additional nursing staff, as required. Note: only eight students will be selected per session.

Fall Session Schedule. This session is full.

  • August 29 to October 15, 2022
  • 7-week evening and weekend day program
  • Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings
  • Weeks 1-5 will focus on classroom learning and skills training
  • Weeks 6-7 will be a hands-on clinical learning experience on a rehabilitation unit within Gaylord Hospital

Winter Session Schedule:

  • December 12, 2022 to January 13, 2023
  • No class on Monday, December 26. Monday class will take place on Tuesday, December 27
  • No class on Monday, January 2. Monday class will take place on Tuesday, January 3
  • Weeks 1-4 will focus on classroom learning and skills training Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Week 5 will be a hands-on clinical learning experience on a rehabilitation unit within Gaylord Hospital Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2023 Session Schedule coming SOON


Student Benefits

  • Students may be eligible for immediate employment after course completion
  • Potential reimbursement of program fees after course completion with employment commitment
  • Shadowing and mentoring opportunities for various clinical roles include RN, LPN, OT, PT, RT
  • Employees are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program for continuing education


Program Costs

Students are required to purchase books, scrubs, required medical clearance/background checks and fee for Connecticut Certified Nurse Aide Exam. Program instruction is provided at no cost.


CNA Academy Application

CNA Academy takes place in the Gaylord Nursing Education Classroom and Simulation Lab located at

Gaylord Hospital
50 Gaylord Farm Road
Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 679-3510

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