Nurse Aide Training Programs in Colorado

If you graduated from a CNA training program in a state other than Colorado and have not yet challenged the CNA examination, you are allowed to take this exam in Colorado and become certified as a nursing assistant. There is no need to enroll in a nurse aide training program in Colorado, but you should contact the agency responsible for administering the CNA exam and register for the test. An individual who was previously certified as a nursing assistant but their certificate was suspended, revoked, or surrendered voluntarily, may wonder what is required to become re-certified.

The Colorado Board of Nursing requires that you re-take the CNA exam and then apply for certification as a nursing assistant. Each application is reviewed individually after which the Colorado Board of Nursing decides whether to grant or deny certification on a case-by-case basis. What kind of salary can you expect to earn as a nursing assistant in Denver, Colorado? According to surveys from human resources offices across the state of Colorado, a newly certified nurse aide typically earns an yearly salary of $23,500. An experienced CNA who has been employed by the same nursing home for an extended period of time has the potential to earn approximately $29,000 per year.

CNA Classes in Elbert County

Good Samaritan Society - Simla
320 Pueblo Avenue, Simla, CO 80835
Phone: 719-541-2269

Fremont County

Hildebrand Care Center - Canon City
1401 Phay Avenue, Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719-275-8656

Pueblo Community College - Fremont Campus
51320 W Highway 50, Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: 719-296-6117

Florence High School - HSTE
2006 Highway 67, Florence, CO 81226
Phone: 719-784-6414

Garfield County

Colorado Mountain College - Rifle
3695 Airport Road, Rifle, CO 81650
Phone: 970-625-1871

Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home - Rifle
851 East 5th Street, Rifle, CO 81650
Phone: 970-625-0842

Gunnison County

Senior Living Community at Gunnison Valley Health
1500 W. Tomichi Avenue, Gunnison, CO 81230
Phone: 970-641-0702

Huerfano County

Katelens Health Care Education - Walsenburg
135 West 7th Street, Walsenburg, CO 81089
Phone: 719-248-6914

Jefferson County

Warren Tech North - Arvada
11325 Allendale Drive, Arvada, CO 80004
Phone: 303-982-8642

Red Rocks Community College - Lakewood
13300 West 6th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone: 303-914-6627

Wheat Ridge Regional Center
10285 Ridge Road, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
This training program is for Wheat Ridge Regional Center employees only.
Phone: 303-463-2500

Kiowa County

Weisbrod Memorial County Hospital and Nursing Home - Eads
P.O. Box 817, Eads, CO 81036
Phone: 719-438-5401

Kit Carson County

Morgan Community College - Burlington
340 South 14th Street, Burlington, CO 80807
Phone: 719-346-9300

CNA Courses in Colorado ( Page 4 )

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Florenci M. on August 04, 2009 at 07:24 PM
I am a registered nurse from the Philippines but unfortunately I failed to pass the California NCLEX-RN exam. Will I be eligible to take the CNA exam in Massachusetts or do I still need to take up CNA classes before I can take the CNA exam?

Admin on August 05, 2009 at 08:43 AM
In general, graduates of U.S. registered nursing programs meet the training requirements to challenge the CNA state exam without having to complete a nursing assistant class. The training you received in nursing school makes you eligible to take the nurse aide examination without further training even if you did not pass the NCLEX-RN exam, but if you completed the nursing program in the Philippines you might want to make sure that this applies in your case. To see if you are eligible to take the test without further training, I encourage you to call the Massachusetts CNA Registry at (617) 753-8143. To obtain information regarding the nurse aide state exam, request an application, and schedule the examination you may call the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Testing Office at (800) 962-4337 or (508) 531-7958 (outside of MA). At least certain states allow you to skip CNA training and only take the CNA exam if you are a foreign trained nurse. For example, in Colorado you must provide documentation that you have completed at least five semester credit hours of nursing fundamentals on an official transcript, which must be sent directly to the Board of Nursing from the nursing education facility for review. If you have completed this and received approval from Board staff, you are eligible to take the CNA exam in Colorado. Good luck!

I used to be a CNA in Colorado, but I didn't renew my license since 1994. How can I renew my CNA license?

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After becoming a CNA how much more training does it take to become an RN?

I am really interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant. I am in the military and we go out to sea continuously. I do not have too much time to actually attend a program until next year. Who offers online CNA classes?

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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