CNA Training Programs in Connecticut
To become a certified nurse aide or CNA in Connecticut you are required by the Connecticut Department of Public Health to complete an approved nurse aide training program and successfully pass the Connecticut competency exam within 24 months of completing the approved CNA program. There are roughly 155 CNA programs in Connecticut, so finding one near you should not be much of a problem. These programs are listed below along with their contact information.
Approved CNA programs are offered at hospitals, community colleges, high schools, adult learning centers and some facilities. some facility programs offer free CNA classes as long as the student signs a contract to work at the facility following completion of the program.
- Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees and Postgraduate Certificates in Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse
- Ranked #15 in Best Online Master's in Nursing Program by US News, Seton Hall University offers two fully online Nurse Practitioner programs: Adult Gerontology with Acute and Primary Tracks and Psychiatric Mental Health.
Key focuses of the CNA classes are in communication and interpersonal skills, resident rights, resident independence, safety and emergency procedures including the heimlich maneuver and infection control. The state of Connecticut actually requires all approved programs to have 16 hours of training in these specific areas. Students also receive clinical training in 25 competency skill areas, 5 of which they will be tested in when the student takes to Connecticut CNA Competency evaluation exam.
The Connecticut Department of Labor Health Care Industry Forecast reveals that the majority of new growth will be in hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities and social assistance industries. Theses are all areas where CNAs find employment, which means this is an optimal time to begin a CNA training or training in a related field such as Medical Assisting. Medical Assistant positions have a similar growth predictions and often offer higher earning potential in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Department of Labor – Occupational Employment and Wages Statewide 2009 report found that the average annual salary in Connecticut for a CNA was $30,484 or between $11.06 and $18.96 an hour. The job outlook for CNAs in Connecticut was also positive coming in at 11% growth for job openings through 2016, according to the CT Department of Labor Occupational Employment and Wages. Home Health Aides, a related career with similar training, has an average annual salary of $29,311 and 26% job growth projected. In the same CT Department of Labor report, Medical Assistants in Connecticut reported an average annual salary of $34, 351 or $12.59 to $21.16 an hour. The job outlook for medical assistants is also positive with 31% job growth predicted through 2016 and beyond.
You may be interested in learning more about the Medical Assistant Schools in Connecticut. Medical assistants often find work in similar environments that a CNA would. Medical Assistant programs take on average 9 months to complete, however, the pay is often higher than that of a CNA. This is an opportune time to be getting into the health care industry and these programs can help pave the way.
Approved Nurse Aide Training Programs in Connecticut
CNA Training Programs in CT
List of programs is Courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Click on the link below to view the most updated list of approved CNA training programs in Connecticut.