A major contributor to the history of the United States, Connecticut continues to be a hotspot for everyone from politicians and industrial leaders to tourists. It is the southernmost state in New England, and it experiences cold, snowy winters but warm summers. The coastal regions draw thousands of tourists annually while the scenic roads along the Atlantic Ocean offer gorgeous views of the autumnal foliage. Although Connecticut is the third smallest state, it boasts a population of nearly 3.6 million. Those thinking of becoming CNAs here have plenty of opportunities for growth and job security with 15 percent of the population over the age 65.
– Capital: Hartford
– Minimum Wage: $9.60
– Number of Hospitals: 33
– Number of Nursing Homes: 27,841
– Total Population: 3,596,677
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,034,514
– Population (ages 65+): 555,923
– Population (ages 85+): 89,785
– Yale University
– Wesleyan University
– Trinity College
Getting into a CNA training program in Connecticut is not as difficult as it is in some other states. For example, there are no age and prior educational requirements nor do students need to have prior healthcare experience. Applicants to a Connecticut-approved CNA program will need to be United States citizens or be eligible to work in the United States. Background checks are completed before training at both the federal and state levels and go back five years. In addition, applicants will need to have a set of fingerprints on file, proof of current and complete immunizations and a negative tuberculosis screening within the past six months.
Training is completed in two parts. The first part must include at least 16 hours of CNA theory before students will be allowed to go to local healthcare facilities to interact with patients. Connecticut requires at least 100 hours of classroom and clinical hours, which will cover such courses as basic nursing skills, safety and infection control. Of these 100 hours, 24 of them must be clinical and 76 of them must be in the classroom. Connecticut requires CNA training instructors to be registered nurses who have at least a year of experience in long-term care.
Students can also be trained out-of-state as long as the program had at least 100 hours. In addition, any nursing student who has had at least 100 hours of classroom and clinical experience combined can continue on to taking the test.
After completing a Connecticut-approved program, individuals will need to take the state’s CNA certification examination in order to become a CNA. The test is put out by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and uses the Prometric, Inc. system of testing. Individuals must fill out the registry application and indicate if they are first-time testers or if they have taken the test before. The fee must be included with the examination. The cost for both parts of the test is $118 for the written test or $128 for the oral test.
As stated, the examination begins with the written knowledge portion of the test, which is actually completed on a computer. This section has 60 multiple-choice questions, and applicants have up to 90 minutes to complete it. Another option is to take the knowledge portion orally. The skills test follows and requires applicants to demonstrate three randomly selected CNA skills as well as hand washing and indirect care. Individuals are given between 31 to 40 minutes to complete the skills and will need to bring a watch with a second hand. Both tests must be passed within two years of completing a CNA course to avoid having to retrain.
Applicants will receive test results on the same day and will also be able to check the Connecticut CNA registry 48 hours following the test to see if their names have been added. If they have passed, they will receive a CNA certificate in the mail within 15 days.
Connecticut practices reciprocity with other states to allow active CNAs who are in good standing with their states to transfer their certifications. The state requires that applicants send in the Out of State Connecticut Nurse Aide Employment Verification Form as well as a copy of the current certification or letter of verification to the Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry Program. CNAs must also have their employers complete a section of the application stating either the date of hire or the last reported date of employment. The fee for reciprocity is $55. Those who have completed a CNA training course in another state that meets the requirements of Connecticut may practice reciprocity as well but will need to take the Connecticut examination.
A Connecticut CNA certification must be renewed every two years. Those who allow their certifications to lapse will be required to take both the written and clinical skills tests again. In order to renew, CNAs must be able to prove using an employment verification form that they have worked at least eight hours for pay as a CNA in the past two years. Private duty CNAs must fill out a private duty employment verification form with the help of their supervising nurses. These forms must be sent into the Connecticut Nurse Aide Registry Program. Those whose certificates are flagged for problems with patient abuse, maltreatment or neglect will not be able to renew. Renewal is free.
|Yale-New Haven Hospital||20 York Street||New Haven||CT||06510||203-688-4242||Website|
|Hartford Hospital||80 Seymour Street||Hartford||CT||06102||860-545-5000||Website|
|Danbury Hospital||24 Hospital Avenue||Danbury||CT||06810||203-739-7000||Website|
|Greenwich Hospital||5 Perryridge Road||Greenwich||CT||06830||203-863-3000||Website|
|Middlesex Hospital||28 Crescent Street||Middletown||CT||06457||860-358-6000||Website|
|St. Francis Hospital And Medical Center||114 Woodland Street||Hartford||CT||06105||860-714-4000||Website|
|Waterbury Hospital||64 Robbins Street||Waterbury||CT||06708||203-573-6000||Website|
|St. Vincent'S Medical Center||2800 Main Street||Bridgeport||CT||06606||203-576-6000||Website|
|Bridgeport Hospital||267 Grant Street||Bridgeport||CT||06610||203-384-3000||Website|
|Bristol Hospital||Brewster Road||Bristol||CT||06011||860-585-3000||Website|
|Charlotte Hungerford Hospital||540 Litchfield Street||Torrington||CT||06790||860-496-6666||Website|
|Connecticut Department Of Correction'S Hospital||100 Bilton Road||Somers||CT||06071||860-749-8391||Not Available|
|Connecticut Mental Health Center||34 Park Street||New Haven||CT||06519||203-974-7144||Website|
|Connecticut Valley Hospital||Eastern Drive||Middletown||CT||06457||860-262-5000||Website|
|Day Kimball Hospital||320 Pomfret Street||Putnam||CT||06260||860-928-6541||Website|
|Gaylord Hospital||Gaylord Farm Road||Wallingford||CT||06492||203-284-2800||Website|
|Griffin Hospital||130 Division Street||Derby||CT||06418||203-735-7421||Website|
|Hebrew Home And Hospital||1 Abrahms Boulevard||West Hartford||CT||06117||860-523-3800||Website|
|Hospital For Special Care||2150 Corbin Avenue||New Britain||CT||06053||860-223-2761||Website|
|Hospital Of Central Connecticut||100 Grand Street||New Britain||CT||06052||860-224-5011||Website|