Nursing Education

Clinical nursing experience from trusted senior care providers.

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Skills for Your Nursing Career

Hebrew SeniorLife partners with many area high schools, vocational schools, colleges, and universities as a clinical training site for students seeking an RN, LPN, or CNA degree. You’ll learn from nursing leaders and a care team at Harvard Medical School’s only affiliated senior care organization.

Regardless of where your career takes you, having geriatric-specific training will give you knowledge and experience that you’ll apply in most clinical settings.

Learning in Every Care Setting

Hebrew SeniorLife is home to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, which is the country’s only long-term chronic care teaching hospital, and the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. We also operate five senior living communities for independent seniors. This means that we can offer a variety of care settings for nursing students, including:

  • Long-term chronic care
  • Skilled nursing
  • Post-acute rehabilitative care
  • Home care
  • Community health

CNA Training Program

For those seeking to begin a career in health care, Hebrew SeniorLife offers a Certified Nursing Assistant training program based at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. This five-week, fully paid program combines classroom time, lab skill training, and supervised time with patients.

Topics of the training include:

  • Effective communications
  • Nursing orientation
  • Working with patients who have dementia
  • Using an electronic medical record system

The program is facilitated by Hebrew SeniorLife nurse educators and other trainers. We’ll also prepare you to take the Massachusetts state certification exam at the end of the program, with the costs of the exam covered by Hebrew SeniorLife.

Those who successfully complete the program will be guaranteed a position at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center or an affiliate partner organization, beginning with a two-week orientation period on your assigned floor.

This program is open to those with no prior clinical experience. It’s also a great first step towards building a career – many Hebrew SeniorLife CNAs go on to more senior roles including LPN, RN, and management positions.

Ready to learn more? Contact us today for more information about whether you qualify, the dates of the next training program, or if you have any other questions about the program.

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Partnering with Top Schools

We train nursing students in inpatient and outpatient settings from partner schools, including Academy Health Care, Regis College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Massachusetts General Institute for Health Professionals.

Through partnerships with Simmons College and Curry College School of Nursing, we offer nursing students the chance to learn from seniors directly in a community health setting. The partnership also helps to improve coordination of care for residents at our Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph, MA and Center Communities of Brookline subsidized housing communities.

RN and LPN students are matched with Hebrew SeniorLife by their schools. CNA students can explore the available opportunities on our academic programs website.

Opportunities Through Partner Schools

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Community-Based Learning

Meet Curry College nursing students participating in a community health nursing collaborative at Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph, MA. Watch the video to learn more.

What People are saying about Hebrew SeniorLife

  • "I am so grateful to have been a part of an incredible team that helped me grow so much. I have developed many skills and abilities and strengthened old ones, such as effective communication, problem solving, and cultural awareness. Knowing that I had the support of my team made it easy for me to ask questions and ask for help when I needed it."

    Kaela Flashman