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Nursing Assistant (NA) & Home Health Aide (HHA)

Nursing Assistant (NA) & Home Health Aide (HHA)

Instructor: The Care Collaborative Instructor
Course time(s): M-Th, 7/15–8/15, 9:00 am–2:30 pm, 5 wks
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Work with people and make a difference!

 Start your healthcare career with GCC!

This combined 100-hour training prepares you for two certificates! Learn all the skills required to succeed as a direct care worker in a friendly, adult-centered environment. Also provides a clinical experience to support your healthcare career.

Nursing Assistant Training: MA law requires that anyone planning to work as a nursing assistant in a long term care facility (formerly called nursing homes) complete this required training and pass a state competency exam. The Red Cross testing fee is included in tuition. All students who successfully pass this course are qualified to take the American Red Cross MA Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation.

Home Health Aide Training: In MA, anyone planning to work for a state approved Home Health Agency must have their HHA certificate. All students who successfully pass this course will receive their HHA certificate, which never expires. You will always be able to work as a Home Health Aide.

Learn more at or (413) 775-1661

Are you a business that is interested in sponsoring an employee? Tuition subsidies may be available. Please contact Mark Rabinsky for more details.” 

Good news!  Eligible veterans, dependents and active military members can now use GI Bill funding for this GCC vocational training.  Contact Holly Lovelace in the Channing & Marie Bete Veterans Center at [email protected] or (413) 775-1885 to complete the required paperwork.

The demand for well-trained health care paraprofessionals is growing as the baby boom generation rapidly approaches elderhood. Many health care providers employ paraprofessionals for additional job support. Long term care facilities (nursing homes), home health agencies, hospice, assisted living centers, adult day health programs, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals and others offer secure employment options with good benefits, flexible hours and career advancement opportunities.

As a CNA/HHA you will have the additional satisfaction of making a positive difference in the lives of the individuals for whom you provide care. Beyond career options, the direct care skills and body of knowledge you will gain through this program will greatly enhance your ability to care for yourself and your loved ones with more comfort and confidence.

Officially, you will need 12 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) per year, but they are tracked through your employer. Re-certification is every two years. This will be covered the first day of class, since it is a little complicated.

NA/HHAs work primarily in long-term care facilities otherwise known as nursing homes. Other common areas are physician's offices and health centers. Occasionally, graduates find jobs in prisons, schools and hospitals.

  • To apply, request an interview for the NA/HHA Training Program by calling our office at 413-775-1661.
  • Online registration and payment for NA/HHA classes is not available at this time.

No pre-requisites or GED is necessary. However, applicants are required to participate in a preliminary phone or in-person meeting with the program coordinator.

This is a non-credit program. Students will not earn college credit, nor will completion of the program guarantee the award of a certificate. Students must arrange and pay for the certification exam on their own.

There is sometimes a waiting list, but GCC makes every attempt to accept all eligible students into a timely class. For current status, please call the program office at 413-775-1661.

The fee listed above includes the $25 text book and $120 for certification testing.

Pell grants (federal financial aid) are not available for this program but students may qualify for tuition assistance through the Franklin/Hampshire Career Center. For more information visit or call 413-774-4361. GCC has limited funds for partial scholarships for some students. Please ask about eligibility for scholarships at your first contact with the program.

Classes prepare you for both a HHA and NA certificate. Most sessions are 5 weeks long (100 hours total, 80 classroom and 20 clinical). You are required to attend all scheduled classes to stay in the program. Most sessions are Monday through Thursday 9am-2:30pm and usually an evening program is offered each year.

Most classes begin at 9am as do most clinical days. Most clinical days are about 4-5 hours. Class days run until approximately 2:30pm.

Classes are offered at the Greenfield Community College Downtown Center (270 Main Street in Greenfield).

Clinical experiences are held at local long-term care facilities, usually in Greenfield.

Unfortunately, not at this time. Students will need to make their own arrangements for this. Since attendance at all classes, labs, and clinicals is mandatory, back-up plans for reliable childcare are essential.

Yes, all students need to be TB tested and CORI checked.

Scrubs are required, but you will receive information about how/where to find/purchase reduced-cost scrubs when the class meets. Your employer will have their own scrubs that they will require you to wear, so we recommend not spending a lot for them at this point.

Request an appointment or a callback from our program coordinator for more information. Please note our classes often have a waiting list!