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How do I become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in Connecticut?

June 05, 2017

Nurse Aide AssistantDoes a career consisting of providing care to patients by assisting them with daily tasks sound like it could be the right one for you? If so, that’s great! A career as a certified nurse aide can be an extremely rewarding one full of many opportunities for growth in the healthcare field.

In order to become a practicing certified nurse aide there are several requirements which need to be met. Different states have different requirements, and digging around for the right information can be both difficult and time consuming, to help you get a head start, we have put together a list of all the things you need to do before you can call yourself a certified nurse aide in the state of Connecticut.

To become a certified nurse aide in the state of Connecticut, candidates must:

1. Determine their eligibility route.

  • Route 1—New Nurse Aide Candidate

This route is for candidates that have successfully completed a Connecticut state-approved nurse aide training program within the past 24 months.

  • Route 2—Nurse or Student Nurse

This route is for candidates that have successfully completed a course, or courses, of no less than 100 hours of theory and clinical instruction in an approved practical nursing or registered nursing program within the past 24 months

  • Route 3—Out-of-State Nurse Aide

This route is for a candidate that has successfully completed a state-approved nurse aide training program in another state in the past 24 months that consisted of a minimum of 100 hours and have not successfully completed that state’s examination.

  • Route 4—Lapsed Nurse Aide

This route is for candidates that were previously a certified nurse aide in Connecticut but their certification has lapsed and they are not eligible for renewal. This candidate must take and pass both tests to be active on the registry.

  • Route 5—Completed Nurse Aide Training and State Exam within the last 24 months

This route is for candidate that have completed a nurse aide training program consisting of a minimum of 100 hours within the past 24 months. The training program must be governed by the Board of Regents for Higher Education and approved by the Department of Public Health.

  • Route 7—Reciprocity

This route is for candidates that are currently active and in good standing on a Registry in another state.

Note: If candidates meet the requirements of Routes 1, 2, 3, or 4, they are required to take the Connecticut Nurse Aide Competency Exam.

If candidates meet the requirements of Routes 5 or 7, they are not required to take the exam. To be placed directly on the Registry, they must complete the Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry Application and send it to Prometric.

2. Complete the Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry Application.

The application is available online at www.prometric.com/NurseAide/CT

3. Take the test at your scheduled test location.

This only applies to those which selected eligibility routes 1-4. The Connecticut Nurse Aide Exam consists of a clinical skills test and a written (knowledge) test, this is to ensure that the candidate is competent as a CNA. You are not required to pass one test before taking the other. First-time testers must register for both tests.

Note: Be sure to bring the necessary identification with you to the test center or you will have to reschedule and repay to take the exam.

4. Receive certification.

If both the Clinical Skills and the written examinations are passed, candidates will be mailed their CNA certificate and will be added to the Connecticut CNA Registry

These are the steps which must be taken to become a certified nurse aide in the state of Connecticut.

Nurse Aide Training in Bridgeport, CT & Danbury, CT

national nursing assistants weekThe Nurse Aide program at Training Direct is geared towards preparing students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain an entry-level position as a Nurse’s Aide in a healthcare facility. The course is divided into two parts: fifty-five (55) hours of in-class instruction and forty-five (45) hours of instruction. This is to thoroughly prepare students to work as a certified nurse aide. Throughout the course, as part of their training, students will be exposed to a varied patient population, different types of medical equipment, and to professionals working in the healthcare field, which can provide a strong foundation for becoming a Nurse’s Aide.

Training in the Nurse Aide program includes:

  • Overview of a career as a Nurse’s Aide
  • Introduction to the human body
  • Effective Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Infection control
  • Safety and emergency procedures
  • Patient rights
  • Taking and recording vital signs
  • End of life care
  • ..and more!

Training Direct’s Nurse Aide program is currently offered at our Bridgeport, CT school and our Danbury, CT school.  Day, evening, and weekend classes are available, but schedule availability will vary by location

To learn more about our Nurse Aide training program, please click here to request more information online, or give us a call at 888-856-7096.

Sources:

https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/nurseaide/documents/connecticut/CT_CNA_CIB.pdf
http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389390