CNA Training Program Dates & Times

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.

Course Hours

Day and Night Classes (Weeks 1 – 3)

84 hours of instruction/lab

Day Class: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Evening Class: Monday – Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Clinical Hours (Week 4)

20 hours of clinical (required for graduation)

Day Clinical Program:

Monday – Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Thursday: Regular class time

Evening Clinical Program: 

Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday: Regular class time


Note: To ensure required hours are met, The IC reserves the right to adjust class schedules as needed to accommodate for inclement weather and holidays


Course Start Dates

2020 CNA Training Calendar 

Jan/Feb Session: Monday January 13th – Friday February 7th

Feb/March Session: Monday February 10th – Friday March 6th

March/April Session: Monday March 9th – Friday April 3rd

April Session: Monday April 6th – Friday May 1st

May Session: Monday May 4th – Friday May 29th

June Session: Monday June 1st – Friday June 26th

June/July Session: Monday June 29th – Friday July 24th

July/August Session: Monday July 27th – Friday August 21st

August/September Session: Monday August 24th – Friday September 18th

September/October Session: Monday September 21st- Friday October 16th

October/November Session: Monday October 19th – Friday November 13th

November/December Session: Monday November 16th – Friday December 11th

December/January 2021 Session: Monday December 14th – Friday January 8th

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