CNA Training programs are required in every state to ensure that an individual is qualified to work in a long-term health care facility. To be certified in Connecticut, an individual must have completed an approved nurse aide training program and take a state competency examination within 24 months from completion of the class. A nurse aide training program must be at least 100 hours in duration and be coordinated by a qualified Registered Nurse. The individual must re-certify every 2 years. Recertification involves verifying that they have worked at least one 8-hour shift during that 24-month time frame.
How to Find Training Classes: The Connecticut Department of Public Health, Bureau of Healthcare Systems, Division of Health Systems Regulation maintains a list of Connecticut Approved Nurse Aide Programs. The list includes many different types of organizations that run approved training programs including nursing homes, hospitals, vocational technical schools, technical colleges, high schools, adult education programs, rehabilitation centers and others. To find a program near you:
- Go to the Education and Employment Information Center's Health Care Career Listing of CNA and additional Health Care programs, http://www.ctohe.org/edinfo/pdfs/HealthOccupationTrainingInCT.pdf, or call 800-842-0229 for additional information or to ask for the list.
- Call the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH) at 860-509-7400, for additional information on Health Care programs.
- Classes offered at community colleges have set fees, but students may qualify for financial aid. Classes offered at long term care facilities are generally no fee, but students must be accepted into the program and may have to sign an agreement to work at the facility.
- CT Works One Stop Centers may be able to connect people to state or federal training funds such as Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
Search by program name: Certified Nurse
Department of Public Health and State Department
of Higher Education’s Education and Employment
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: August2013