CNA Training Program

Per the Executive Order by Governor Polis on March 18, 2020, nurse aide training programs can, for the time being, complete the required clinical portion of training via simulation or in house instead of at a facility. Once a student is found proficient and completed theory, lab and in house/simulated clinical, the student will need to apply for a temporary license with the State and will be permitted to work in a hospital or in-patient facility while they wait to take the exam. Per Board Policy 10-07 nurse aide training graduates can work for 120 days as a CNA while they wait to take and pass the state exam. This 120 days/4 months should be enough time to get testing back up and running. Please be advised the State testing agency, Pearson VUE has currently suspended all testing until further notice.

The Independence Center CNA Training Program will continue our training program with this new guidance. However, we will also be diligent to follow the guidance from the Center for Disease Control, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and El Paso Public Health regarding social distancing, disinfecting protocols and monitoring the health of our instructors and students. Please note that at this time, all CNA Training students are required to provide a face mask, to be worn while at the CNA Training Program. A cloth mask is an acceptable alternative to a traditional medical mask. Please reach out to The Independence Center CNA Training Program at 719-648-1020 with any questions.

About the CNA Training Program

Welcome to The Independence Center’s Certified Nursing Aide Training Program.

If you’re looking for a career as a CNA, need to fill a prerequisite as a nurse-in-training, or want to train to take care of a family member, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve your goals!

Our award-winning training program:

  • Is approved by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.
  • Is taught by a team of experienced, friendly instructors who are professional RNs and LPNs.
  • Is only four weeks long, with both day and evening classes available.
  • Consists of lectures, discussions, anatomical models, role playing, demonstration/return demonstration, and skills training labs. We also have functional sinks, closets, privacy curtains, and full-sized med-mannequins.
  • Offers a clinical phase in local skilled nursing facilities.
  • Issues graduates the (104 hours) Proof-of-Training Affidavit required to take the State Boards.
  • Provides onsite state testing after graduation for students to become officially certified (the “C” in CNA) by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.
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CNA Training Program Tour

Take a video tour of our CNA Training Program location in downtown Colorado Springs.

With our $950 all-inclusive tuition*, there are never any hidden fees.

Tuition includes:

  • All training materials
  • Loaner scrub top
  • Gait belt
  • CPR classes (optional)
  • TB test
  • Flu vaccine (season warranting)
  • Background check
  • State testing fee

*If you need assistance paying for tuition for the CNA Training Program, please contact the Pikes Peak Workforce Center at 719-667-3700.

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"I am a recent graduate of The IC CNA School and a new employee to The IC. I am so proud to be a part of such a warm and caring team! I loved how the course is fast, to the point, yet very thorough. And the great part is that it’s taught in a way that you will never forget. I was able to ace both my written and clinical exams! I feel confident with my training that I have the foundation that I need to be an effective and efficient CNA. Thank you to The IC for my new career and for being such a bright light for people with disabilities!"


"I am a recent graduate of the program and a current employee of The Independence Center. It was a thorough program. The information contained in the program will be so invaluable to me. I will be to get a better job and be able to support my family. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to become a CNA. I was glad for the opportunity to further my career."