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. 

2023 Fall Session is August 21 to September 22, 2023

CNA Info & Calendar/Schedule PDF

Course Instructors

Kristen Berg, BSN, RN, CNA Academy Coordinator

Beverly Teixeira
, PCT Trainer

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

For inquires or questions contact Lacey McCauley at (203) 284-2784 or email: CNAacademy@gaylord.org

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

Student Requirements

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • Must hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19; including booster if eligible
  • Interview required
  • Must have a uniform – scrubs (any color or prints are acceptable) and closed toe shoes
  • Must pass criminal background check, physical and drug screening

Program Costs

Students are responsible for their own books and scrubs, the required medical clearance/background check cost, and the Connecticut Certified Nurse Aide Exam fee. Program instruction is provided at no cost.

Application Process

The spring session is held June 26 - July 28, 2023. For questions call Lacey McCauley at (203) 284-2784. Apply by using one of the options below:

  • Apply online using the online CNA Academy Application form below
  • Complete and email the form found in the Application PDF below to: CNAacademy@gaylord.org
  • Complete and mail the form found in the Application PDF below to: Kristen Berg, BSN, RN, CNA Program Coordinator, Gaylord Hospital, 50 Gaylord Farm Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492

CNA Application Form PDF


Fill out the form below to apply:

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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