Free CNA Training in Massachusetts

Working as a certified nursing assistant is considered an entry-level healthcare position.  You have the opportunity to make between $10 and $15 per hours working as a CNA in the state of Massachusetts.  To become a CNA, you will need to take a training course and pass the subsequent certification examination.  There are many options for free cna training in the state of Massachusetts. We’ve listed them below:

If you are between the ages of 17 and 21 and are low income, you might qualify to receive free cna training from the Workforce and Continuing Education Department.  You will need to have completed high school to receive the grant for CNA training.  This program can even help you to pay for your uniforms and related expenses.  In some cases, you can even receive assistance to pay for childcare if you are a parent.

Call nursing care facilities in your local area.  Certified nursing assistants are in high demand in just about any type of nursing care facility.  These facilities will often pay for you to receive your nursing assistant training if you will work for the employer for an agreed upon amount of time.  If you already received your cna training and are hired by Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing care providers, you can receive reimbursement for your tuition and related expenses.

You can look for free cna training options in the state of Massachusetts.  If you are unemployed or have a very low income, it is often possible to receive grants and financial assistants to train for a new career (including a career in nursing).

Direct Free Training Opportunities

You can now get free CNA training classes in Massachusetts at St Patricks Manor,
If you are selected for it you might need to agree to certain terms and conditions. Most nursing homes and hospitals expect you to work for them after training. After all, they train you for free and don;t expect you to leave after getting your certification.

Contact them using this link:

Cape Cod Healthcare Trainee (January 2013)
You will be trained to become a HHA which is similar to a CNA but the training period is 75 hours only(CNA is almost always over 150 hours). Since this is a trainee position you will be employed immediately upon completion. More details available at:
The training will begin in April this year so you have ample time to apply.

Nursing Related Scholarships in Massachusettscnanotes2

American Legion Massachusetts Auxiliary Scholarship

The American Legion Massachusetts Auxiliary Scholarship is available for Massachusetts residents ages 16-22.  The award may be used for vocational/technical school, two-year or four-year college. There are a total of 11 awards given. One award is for the amount of $750 and 10 are for the amount of $200. Make sure and submit the application and requested documents by March 1st.

North Shore Community College (NSCC) – Believe in Lynn Scholarship

North Shore Community College is offering scholarships to graduating seniors from Lynn Classical High School, Lynn English High School, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute or one of the Lynn Alternative High School programs. The scholarships are for $1500 per academic year.  In order to qualify, the applicant must be have applied for admission to NSCC and be enrolled in the fall. Submit all requested documents and completed application by the specified deadline date.

Lost Coin Women’s Fund, Inc.

The Lost Coin Women’s Fund, Inc was established to help women living in Massachusetts improve their quality of life by providing grants to assist in undergraduate studies or vocational training programs. In order to qualify, the applicant must:

  • Show financial need
  • Submit the application and all requested documents

The awarded amount is up to $1000 and payment is made directly to the school.

Institutions That Can be Of Assistance

Easter Seals
Denholm Building, 484 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608-1817

Easter Seals provides services to ensure that individuals with disabilities can have excellent employment opportunities.  The men and women they serve can receive help identifying good employment matches. The Easter Seals provide an all encompassing employment support service option.

Project Hope
550 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Project Hope is an organization with a mission of helping families to rise above poverty.  One of the ways they achieve this is by offering training programs.  Most programs are only 8 to 12 weeks.  They can prepare individuals for entry level careers in healthcare (such as CNA training).  There are also customer service and support related training opportunities.  Adults accepted to the program will not need to pay on their own for any portion of their training.

Bristol Community College
777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA 02720

Individuals who are told they qualify to receive training for a new career through Workforce Investment Programs, can consider the personal care assistant course (similar to CNA) at Bristol Community College.  The college is able to offer this program in partnership with the state’s Workforce Board.  The program is offered to students who are receiving such benefits at no cost to the student.

Nursing homes that might offer free CNA Training classes in Massachusetts

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly.  The homes listed below do not provide free training. if they have a vacancy then you can give them a call to see if they’d be willing to hire trainees. 

Colony House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
277 Washington Street
Abington MA 2351
(781) 871-0200

Country Estates Of Agawam
1200 Suffield Street
Agawam MA 1001
(413) 789-2200

Maplewood Care And Rehabilitation Center
6 Morrill Place
Amesbury MA 1913
(978) 388-3500

Wingate At Andover Rehab & Skilled Nursing Res
80 Andover Street
Andover MA 1810
(978) 470-3434

Golden Living Center – Garden Place
193-195 Pleasant Street
Attleboro MA 2703
(508) 222-4950

Alliance Healthcare Center At Braintree
175 Grove Street
Braintree MA 2184
(781) 848-2050

Braintree Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
1102 Washington Street
Braintree MA 2184
(781) 848-3100

Seashore Point And Wellness Rehabilitation
100 Alden Street
Provincetown MA 2657
(508) 487-7090

Charlwell House
305 Walpole Street
Norwood MA 2062
(781) 762-7700

Beaumont Rehab & Skilled Nursing Ctr – Northboro
238 West Main Street
Northborough MA 1532
(508) 393-2368

Other state listings:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

17 Responses to Free CNA Training in Massachusetts

  1. John Reardon July 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    My name is John Reardon, I am looking for information to become a CNA. I have volunteered and enjoyed helping seniors.
    I would like to take the course that is offered on CNA Training. I am 21 and in the low income. I took some courses after graduating high school but did not complete.
    Thank you,

  2. Kimberly Rodriguez September 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi my name is Kimberly rodriguez, I been wanting to be a rn for as long as I can remember but want to start as a cna first so that I can get experience but I did not complete high school and have a 2 year old son that I am a single mother to. I desperately need to move forward for my family and need to know if I am still eligible for the free cna training classes

    • Admin September 21, 2010 at 10:50 am #

      Hi Kimberly,
      We do not provide the classes ourselves.
      If you’re going to apply to a training facility, they will need you to have a high school diploma. Perhaps you can convince a nursing home near your area to sponsor you. They just might if you explain your situation properly and are willing to work for them after certification.

  3. Johanna Aquino October 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Hi my name is Johanna Aquino, I have a CNA liscence but its expired, so I think I need to do the whole training again, I am looking for free clases because I can´t afford it. Please comment back if you can give me some advice thank you. :)

    • Admin October 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

      Hi Johanna,
      – Try looking for nursing homes near you with active CNA vacances. Usually, they’d be willing to pay for your training if you agree to work for them for a longer period.
      – The Job Corps offers free CNA classes in massachusetts. Lookup their locations in Massachusetts here:

      • Johanna Aquino October 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

        Thank you, but I think I am to old for Job Corps, I live in Lawrence Mass, but I am going to move to Attleboro Mass Soon, I am 36 Yrs old with two teenegers kids, so I will look for those nursing home, I have 10 years expirence as a CNA but the liscence expired. 5 Years ago. Thank you.

        • Tamara December 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

          Any luck Johanna Aquino

  4. Tamara January 28, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    Johanna did you get any info on that i am 31 with a lic exp 5 years and 5 years experience

  5. Brittany August 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi, my name is Brittany and I am 22 years old. I recently just had a baby and am looking to get out of the retail environment I have been in for 6 years. Everyone has always told me that becoming a CNA is a great oppurtunity and I should look into it. I am not sure if it is the right thing for me, but I am interested in a better life for me and my family and it seems like an excellent career choice with places for improvement. I would like to know what a CNA position may entail and how easy & affordable classes and training are. I am very low income, but it seems I have passed the age limit.

  6. Michelle September 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    My name is Michelle I’m looking to get out of retail management for good and begin a new career in the medical field where my heart really lies. I’m not working at the current time and have passed the age of free schooling. Please direct me in what steps I need to take to begin my new career.
    Thank You

    • Admin September 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      Becoming a CNA is a great decision. The best place to start would be to read our article on CNA classes by state: You can then look for a CNA class in your state by clicking on your state specific link on the right hand navigation bar.

  7. Jonathan Abuso March 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    HI. I am a college graduate and a registered midwife in the Philippines. Now i am working in UAE Abu Dhabi. I want to know how to apply for a traning for CNA in Boston. Me and my friend been looking for this for a long time.. Thank you

  8. Janine May 5, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    If you do the free training through a nursing home or other establishment how long does is usually take and how long do they usually require you to work there?

  9. Tyrissa December 18, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Hey I am a twenty two yr old who is looking for a free C. N. A. Class in Fall River. Like the field but don’t have the funds to pay for it on my own. Can u help.

  10. briana August 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    I am a single young parent of 3 kids and need a good pay8ing job so I want to get my can liscence….only problem I don’t have money to pay for classes liscence scrubs books ect. so my question is do u no of any way I can get my can licence free…I see if u obtain a contract and work for certin places they’ll do that I cant find anything in Lowell ma where I live. please help?!?

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