Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of Colorado. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA.
CNA Certification Requirements in Colorado
In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Colorado state approved certification needs to be obtained. Colorado has a mandatory Nurse Aide Practice Act which prohibits non certified nurse aides from providing direct care to patients. Prospective nurse aides can acquire certification by completing a state-accredited training program and passing both components of the state nurse aide competency exam. Colorado does issues temporary license to students, giving them the opportunity to work while pursuing nurse aide training and testing. The temporary license remains valid for four months and gives nurse aides legal rights to practice in a nursing home or a home health agency.
Become a CNA in Colorado
Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Colorado certified CNA:
1. Enroll in a state certified school.
2. Complete the training. Take practice CNA exam(this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses).
3. Register to take the state CNA exam.
4. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired jobs!
Local CNA Training Classes
In order to attend CNA training in the state of Colorado, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. Most Colorado CNA training providers require students to possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, and they must be at least 18 years old. CNA also must be able to pass a criminal background check, have up to date immunization records, and be able to have proof of citizenship and or legal residency. Colorado nurse aide classes range from 3 weeks to a full semester in duration, and classes cost between $400 and $1,400 at community colleges, technical institutes, and private institutions.
Here are a few local CNA Classes in Colorado
CNA Classes in Denver
Pima Medical Institute: (303) 426-1800
CNA Classes in Colorado Springs
Nursing & Therapy Services of Colorado, Inc.: (719) 574-5562
CNA Classes in Westminster
Ann Rose School of Nursing Arts: (303) 650-2994
CNA Classes in Longmont
Life Care Center of Longmont: (303) 776-5000
Search CNA Scholarships available in Colorado (free CNA training available)
Colorado CNA Testing
You must fill out the Certification by Examination application and pass both components of the exam within two years of application. If you fail the exam on the third attempt, you have to enroll in another nurse aide training program. The exam has two segments; both of which you must pass to qualify for the nurse aide registry. The written exam contains 70 multiple choice questions, which you must complete in 90 minutes. There is an option to take an oral exam if needed. The oral exam comprises of 60 multiple-choice questions and 10 questions to test your reading and comprehension skills – make sure you request the oral option when you submit the application for testing.
The second aspect of the exam involves the skills evaluation. The set-up is similar to an actual caregiving situation, and you’ll have to demonstrate your nurse aide skills. You’ll have 25 minutes to demonstrate the skills, and you must pass all five in order receive a passing grade.
Certification Costs To Become a CNA
Written and skills exam – $ 123
Oral and skills exam (English) – $123
Written retest – $45
Oral retest (English) – $45
Skills retest – $78
Out of state CNAs can apply for certification in Colorado through reciprocity. Before you apply for transfer of certification, you must ensure your license in your home state is in active status. Review the list of required documents for certification by endorsement. Then, register an online account at the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations Online Services for faster processing of your application.
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