According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job seekers with healthcare skills will be in greatest demand within the next decade or so. Health care workers include Doctors, Nurses, and Certified Nurse Aides to mention but a few. Of the many healthcare givers in the large healthcare field, certified nurse aides are projected to be the most in-demand, owing to the increasing number of patients and the aging population that needs constant 24/hour support.
It is because of this that CNA certification has become more of a necessity today more than ever before. Employers are looking for people who are highly skilled and competent on providing basic patient care, such as bathing, feeding, exercising, as well as taking and recording vital signs of patients. These and more describe the basic job description of a Certified Nurse Assistant.
As is with any other profession today, CNAs ought to be certified in the state in which they plan to practice, meaning that if you live in Connecticut, or are planning to work there, it would be important to ensure you enroll in a state-approved training program, one that meets all the state requirements for training and licensure.
Note that the training-hour requirements generally vary from one state to another. In Connecticut for example, you will need to complete a minimum of 100 hours of thorough training, 25 hours more than the basic federal minimum hour-requirements of 75 hours.
The first step if you wish to be included in the Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry is to download the Connecticut CNA certification application form. Confirm with the Connecticut Department of Public Health on the accredited CNA training programs so as to know what form to download.
The next step would be to fill in all mandatory fields, providing your names as well as contact information. You will also need to state clearly the kind of exam that you are applying for. You need to attach an affidavit that certifies that you have completed the full state-approved CNA training program. You also need to state your preferred test site. Note that you can sit for the exam at an approved health care facility, or at any of the 6 regional test sites across the state.
The next step is to simply follow the instructions provided and submit your form. Should you decide to test at a health care institution, you will be required to submit the application form at the facility to the training coordinator. Otherwise, all forms should be sent to the address provided at the end of the application form. You should also attach your test payment in form of a money order, cashier’s check, or credit card, no personal checks are allowed.
Be advised that the fee varies significantly depending on whether you are sitting the examination for the first time, seeking reciprocity from a different state, or simply re-testing. The application letter should also be accompanied by a copy of your completion certificate showing proof of having attended and completed a recognized CNA training program.
List of CNA Classes in Connecticut State:
American Red Cross
60 Lafayette Street, Room 402, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
4490 Main Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606
Nursing Care Center of Bristol
61 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, CT 06010
Henry Abbott Vocational Technical School
Hayestown Ave., Danbury, Connecticut
3030 Park Nursing Home
118 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, Connecticut
Meadowbrook of Granby
350 Salmon Brook St., Granby, Connecticut
Eli Whitney Vocational Technical School
71 Jones Road, Hamden, CT 06514
Prince, A.I. Vocational Technical School Adult Education
500 Brookfield Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Manchester Community College
MS#16 Great Path, Manchester, CT 06045
Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708