The Independence Center CNA Training Program

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The Independence Center CNA Training Program provides the advance preparatory training that is required by the Colorado State Board of Nursing before a student is permitted to take the Colorado Nurse Aide Competency and Evaluation Exams (State Boards). This training includes instruction in the technical knowledge and specific nursing skills that will be covered by the State Board exams. At the end of the course, graduates are issued a Proof-of-Training-Affidavit that is required to submit an application to take the State Boards. This Proof-of-Training-Affidavit is only valid for a period of 24 months, after which it expires. Most of our graduates take the State Boards approximately one month after they have completed our course. Once they pass the State Boards, the Colorado State Board of Nursing issues the “Certification” (the “C” in CNA) which remains valid as long as the persons works as a CNA and follows the renewal policies.

The Program is designed to keep enrollment costs reasonable with no hidden charges or fees for unnecessary supplies. By choice, our facilty is modest but very well equipped in order to keep our operating costs low. This means our enrollment fees are lower than most other programs while our “pass rates” are often much higher.

All aspects of instruction are provided, managed and evaluated by an RN and LPN.

Approved by State Board of Nursing

Our program is fully approved by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies‘, State Board of Nursing. We are also approved by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.


We offer daytime and evening training courses. Click here to see when the next course begins. The program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation relevant to the knowledge, terminology and basic nursing skills that will be expected of a graduate nurse aide, especially in reference to long-term care facilities. It is designed for students who would like to enter the nurse aide workforce rapidly by learning the knowledge and skills that will be required to take and pass the Colorado Nurse Aide Competency & Evaluation exams.


The program follows a core curriculum that has been developed using:

  • National nurse aide course models
  • Input from working CNAs & nurse aide instructors, and
  • Input from medical clinical staffs, including administrators, RNs, & LPNs.

The program therefore meets and exceeds the requirements established by the Colorado State Board of Nursing as specified in Chapter XI, Rules And Regulations For Approval Of Nurse Aide Training Programs (C.R.S. 12-38.1-103(3)). The program provides 104 hours of weekday courses of intensive instruction including:

The curriculum consists of lectures, discussions, anatomical models, role playing, demonstration/return demonstration, printed handouts and intermittent testing. We maintain a formal dedicated classroom that can comfortably seat 20 people plus 3 separate “skills training labs” (mock patient rooms). These are fully equipped with nursing supplies, geriatric equipment, functional sinks, closets, privacy curtains and full size med-manikins. During the clinical phase of our training, students practice learned care skills with actual patients and residents at skilled nursing facilities located in Colorado Springs.

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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."