Nursing Assistant Training in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Health requires completion of an approved Nursing Assistant training program as well as passing of the state nursing assistant competency exam prior to applying for a Rhode Island Certificate of Registration for Nursing Assistants. A Certificate of Registration is a Nursing Assistant's license to work as a Nursing Assistant in the state of Rhode Island. In addition to these requirements, applicants must also submit to a background check administered by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

CNA Training in Rhode Island

Nursing Assistant training programs in Rhode Island are required to be a minimum of 100 clock hours with a minimum of 20 of those hours spent in clinical/hands-on training. After 16 hours of classroom instruction has been completed, students are eligible to have interaction with patients and work on completing their clinical hours requirement. Classroom and skills instruction cover topics such as communication and interpersonal skills, safety and emergency procedures, infection control, respecting patients' rights, promotion of patients' independence, care of cognitively impaired patients, restorative care and basic nursing skills. These are the areas that Nursing Assistants are tested on in the competency exam and are also the skills that they will use daily once they begin working as a Nursing Assistant. The Department of Health requires that any program offered at a health care facility be completed within 90 days. The majority of programs in Rhode Island can be completed in less than 90 days. Generally, a CNA training will take 6 to 10 weeks to complete.

Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant training program, the coordinator of the program will schedule the graduate's competency exam date. After successfully passing the competency exam, the Nursing Assistant will then apply for their license or Certification of Registration as a Nursing Assistant. Licensed Nursing Assistants in Rhode Island use the title N.A. not CNA. Many employers still refer to their employees as CNA and will use CNA in their job postings.

The work environment is demanding both physically and mentally, yet extremely rewarding for the right person. According to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and training - Labor Market Information - Occupational Employment Statistics, the median annual salary for a CNA in Rhode Island is $27,700 and the median hourly wage is $13.32. Both are well above the national medians for CNA and similar positions. The Department also projects job growth for Nursing Assistants in Rhode Island at 21%, which is outstanding and higher than the projections nationally. This data supports the idea that now is a good time to start an educational program in this or a related health care field.

The CNA position is often a stepping stone to Registered Nursing, Licensed Practical Nursing or Health Care administration positions. Health Care Administration or Management Degrees are an excellent way to enter the business side of health care. The rapidly growing field of health care needs educated businessmen and women. Medical Assisting is another popular health care pathway and most online medical assistant programs can be completed in as little as 6 months. Learn more about the Medical Assistant Programs in Rhode Island.

Below is a list of agencies in Rhode Island that have an active license and are approved by the Department of Health to offer CNA training. Verify their status when contacting these agencies. The Rhode Island Department of Health website also offers an updated list of agencies with active and non-active licenses.

Nursing Assistant Programs in Rhode Island

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St. Antoine Residence
10 RHODES AVENUE
NORTH SMITHFIELD RI 02896
Steere House Nursing and Rehab Center
100 BORDEN STREET
PROVIDENCE RI 02903
The Friendly Home, Inc
303 RHODES AVENUE
WOONSOCKET RI 02895
Scallop Shell Nursing and Rehab Center
981 KINGSTOWN ROAD
PEACE DALE RI 02879-3021
Overlook Nursing and Rehab Center
14 ROCK AVENUE
PASCOAG RI 02859
Brentwood Nursing Home
4000 POST ROAD
WARWICK RI 02886
Westerly Health Center
280 HIGH STREET
WESTERLY RI 02891
Holiday Retirement Home
30 SAYLES HILL ROAD
MANVILLE RI 02838
Golden Crest Nursing Center
100 SMITHFIELD ROAD
NORTH PROVIDENCE RI 02904
Silver Creek Manor
7 CREEK LANE
BRISTOL RI 02809
Oakland Grove Health Care Center
560 CUMBERLAND HILL ROAD
WOONSOCKET RI 02895
Pine Grove Health Center
999 SOUTH MAIN STREET
PASCOAG RI 02859
Consistent Care Corporation
37 CLARKES VILLAGE
JAMESTOWN RI 02835
Berkshire Place
455 DOUGLAS AVENUE
PROVIDENCE RI 02908
Scalabrini Villa
860 NORTH QUIDNESSET ROAD
NORTH KINGSTOWN RI 02852
Waterview Villa Nursing and Rehab Center
1275 SOUTH BROADWAY
EAST PROVIDENCE RI 02914
Phenix Home Care Inc
227 PHENIX AVENUE
CRANSTON RI 02920
Saint Elizabeth Home East Greenwich
1 ST ELIZABETH WAY
EAST GREENWICH RI 02818
Chariho Adult Education VTA
459 SWITCH ROAD
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION RI 02894
Newport Area Career and Technical Center
15 WICKHAM ROAD
NEWPORT RI 02840
Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center
435 BROADWAYM
NEWPORT RI 02840
East Providence Career and Tech
1998 PAWTUCKET AVENUE
EAST PROVIDENCE RI 02914
Regional Career Center at Coventry H.S.
40 RESERVOIR ROAD
COVENTRY RI 02816
Warwick Adult Learning Center
BUILDING 5
575 CENTERVILLE ROAD
WARWICK RI 02886
WM M Davies JR Career & Tech
50 JENCKES HILL ROAD
LINCOLN RI 02865
Alpine Nursing Home
557 WEAVER HILL ROAD
COVENTRY RI 02816
Access Health Care Inc
702 WARREN AVENUE
EAST PROVIDENCE RI 02914
Health Care Connections Nursing Services Inc
425 WILLET AVENUE
RIVERSIDE RI 02915
People in Partnerships
200 MAIN STREET
PAWTUCKET RI 02860
Warwick Career & Technical
HEALTH OCCUPATION PROGRAM
575 CENTERVILLE ROAD
WARWICK RI 02886
Chariho Career and Technical
459 SWITCH ROAD
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION RI 02894
CCRI Center for Workforce and Community Education
1762 LOUISQUISSET PIKE
LINCOLN RI 02865
Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center
400 AYLSWORTH AVENUE
WOONSOCKET RI 02895
Cranston Alternate Education Programs
4 SHARPE DRIVE
CRANSTON RI 02920
Grand Islander Genesis Halth Care
333 GREEN END AVENUE
MIDDLETOWN RI 02842
Hope Nursing Home Care
478 RESERVOIR AVENUE
CRANSTON RI 02910
Homefront Health Care
725 BRANCH AVENUE, SUITE 214
PROVIDENCE RI 02904
Nursing Placement Inc
334 EAST AVENUE
PAWTUCKET RI 02860
International School for Health Careers
297 ELMWOOD AVENUE
PROVIDENCE RI 02907
Exeter Job Corps Academy
162 MAIN STREET
EXETER RI 02822
Crossroads Rhode Island
160 BROAD STREET
PROVIDENCE RI 02903-4028
Comprehensive Educational Services
RM 300-309 MB 21, 807 BROAD STREET
PROVIDENCE RI 02907
Bastien Academy
120 AMARAL STREET
EAST PROVIDENCE RI 02914
South County Quality Care
14 WOODRUFF AVENUE, SUITE 7
NARRAGANSETT RI 02882
Tockwotton Home
75 EAST STREET
PROVIDENCE RI 02903
Ocean State Nursing Services
3929 MENDON ROAD
CUMBERLAND RI 02864
Homestead Group
80 FABIEN STREET
WOONSOCKET RI 02895
 

(Sources: Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Department of Labor and training - Labor Market Information - Occupational Employment Statistics)

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