CNA Classes in Washington DC

Washington, D.C. CNA Training

In Washington D.C., an individual is required to be both certified and licensed to practice as a certified nursing assistant. One must also pass a criminal background check. The first step in becoming a CNA in the District of Columbia is to complete the required amount of course work and hands on training. After completing the educational and training requirements, one is qualified to complete the two-part National Nursing Assistant Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam, which features both a written section and a section in which the student must physically demonstrate CNA skills and procedures. For those who are unable to take a written examination, an oral test may be administered.

Renewing a CNA License

Once the NNAAP is passed, the certification is valid for two years. After the two years are up, the certification can be renewed as long as the applicant has completed at least 8 hours of paid labor as a CNA and 24 continuing education hours.

The following scenarios allow an individual to be eligible to take the NNAAP exam:

  • Having no other nursing registry and having completed an approved CNA training course within the past 24 months (certificate of training must be presented).
  • Having completed a 'Fundamentals of Nursing' course including clinical within the past 36 months (transcript must be presented).
  • Having been an LPN or RN in D.C. or licensed within the last 36 months, or trained as an LPN or RN outside of the U.S. (any applicable licenses or training certifications must be
  • Having allowed one's Registry to expire and re-applying. If the Registry has been expired less than 24 months, a copy of the expired Registry must be presented. If more than 24 months, CNA training must be completed again, and a copy of the expired Registry must be completed along with a copy of the new training certificate.
  • Having a current registration out of state in good standing, and applying for 'reciprocity by examination' (must present registration).

Additional Resources:

Washington DC CNA Resources

2021 and The New Normal: 3 Reasons Why More People in Washington DC Are Choosing PCT programs Instead of CNA Training

Just like CNA programs, Patient Care Tech (PCT) programs prepare students to pass the state CNA exam and get certified as a CNA. However, graduates of PCT programs learn additonal skills and are able to perform medical procedures that graduates of CNA programs cannot.

Search Programs

Get information on Patient Care Technician programs by entering your zip code and request enrollment information.

Patient Care Technician Programs Now Accepting New Students in Washington DC:

9 CNA Schools in Washington DC

Bethel Training Institute

Capitol Health Institute


Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School

  • 1100 Harvard Street, NW Washington, DC 20009
    Programs: CNA
    202 797-4700

CitiWide Computer and Nursing Assistant Center

Comprehensive Health Academy

  • 1106 Bladensburg Road, NE Washington, DC 20002
    Programs: CNA, LPN
    202 388-5500

MISS Health Care Training Institute

  • 1818 New York Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002
    Programs: CNA
    202 526-6424

University of the District of Columbia-Community College

VMT Education Center