Nurse Aide Training Programs in Colorado

Individuals who have completed a nursing assistant training course in Colorado have the opportunity to enhance their education and earning potential when they choose to apply for medication aide authority. The state of Colorado allows a nurse aide to obtain a medication aide certificate if certain requirements are met. To qualify, one must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least eighteen years old, and have a minimum of two thousand hours of work experience as a certified nursing assistant.

Once these requirements are satisfied, you may begin a ninety hours training program for administering medications to patients in long-term care facilities. Successful completion of a medication aide training program makes you eligible to submit the Application for Medication Aide Authority and register to take the medication aide exam. Those who are interested in becoming a medication aide paraprofessional need to realize that the increase in earning potential does not come without added responsibility. Organized, meticulous and fast-learning individuals are best fitted for this type of position.

CNA Programs in Lake County

St. Vincent Nurse Aide Training Program - Leadville
822 West 4th Street, Leadville, CO 80461
Phone: 719-486-0230

Larimer County

Caring Hands, Inc. - Estes Park
1191 Woodstock Driver, Unit C, Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: 970-586-3118

Estes Park Medical Center
555 Prospect Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: 970-586-2317

Front Range Community College Larimer - Medical Careers Exploration
4616 S. Shields, BP 121 M, Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-204-8222

Geriatric Education Center - Fort Collins
802 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: 970-494-6455

Front Range Community College, Larimer - Post Secondary
800 South Taft, Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: 970-613-7580

Aims Community College - Loveland
104 East 4th Street, Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: 970-339-6281

Lincoln County

Morgan Community College - Limon
940 2nd Street, Limon, CO 80828
Phone: 719-775-8873

Logan County

Northeastern Junior College - Sterling
100 College Drive, Sterling, CO 80751
Phone: 970-351-6701

Northeastern Junior College - HSTE - Sterling
100 College Avenue, Sterling, CO 80751
Phone: 970-521-6748

Devonshire Acres Ltd. - Sterling
1330 N. Sidney Avenue, Sterling, CO 80751
Phone: 970-522-4888

Mesa County

Western Colorado Community College Med Prep - Grand Junction
2508 Blickmann, Grand Junction, CO 81505
Phone: 970-255-2600

Larchwood Inns - Grand Junction
2845 North 15th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: 970-245-0022

Western Colorado Area Health Education Center - Grand Junction
744 Horizon Street, Suite 220, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: 970-434-5474

Western Colorado Community College - Grand Junction
2508 Blickmann, Grand Junction, CO 81505
Phone: 970-255-2600

Moffat County

Colorado Northwestern Community College - Craig
2801 West 9th Street, Craig, CO 81625
Phone: 970-824-1104

Nursing Assistant Classes in Colorado ( Page 5 )

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.

CNA Training Schools and Programs

CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Brandi on August 31, 2009 at 04:39 PM
Hi, I am trying to get back into the field of nursing. I used to be a CNA, but I didn't renew my license since 1994. I became a stay at home mom and a licensed daycare provider. Now I want to go back into the medical field since my child is older, what do I need to do? I live in Colorado and got my certification in Colorado.

Admin on August 31, 2009 at 09:21 PM
Your nursing assistant certificate has been expired for more than two years. In this case, to become re-certified in the state of Colorado you must re-take and pass the CNA state exam. You need to complete and send a Certification by Examination Application to Pearson Vue, the entity responsible for administering the nursing assistant exam in Colorado. Read and follow all the instructions included in the application. The application can be found here: State of Colorado Certification by Examination Application. A list of available testing locations may be found here: Colorado NNAAP Regional Test Sites and Test Schedules. If you need help with the application or have further questions about the exam, contact Pearson Vue at 1-888-274-5050. Good luck!

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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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