Technically a southeastern state, Kentucky is far enough north to have the Ohio River for its northern border. It also benefits from the beauty found in the foothills of the Appalachians, located on its eastern side. Perhaps Kentucky is best known for the Kentucky Derby, a much-anticipated horse race located in the state’s largest city, Louisville. Outdoor lovers can enjoy the famous Mammoth Cave National Park and the Cumberland River, which runs through this “Bluegrass State.” CNAs have excellent opportunities for growth here as the state’s population is rapidly aging with over 14 percent of people over the age of 65. In addition, the state subscribes to the federal minimum training hours, making CNA training here fast and affordable.
– Capital: Frankfort
– Minimum Wage: 7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 106
– Number of Nursing Homes: 26,170
– Total Population: 4,413,457
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,189,055
– Population (ages 65+): 654,514
– Population (ages 85+): 75,895
– Centre College
– Transylvania University
– Asbury University
All Kentucky individuals who wish to become CNAs must undergo state-approved CNA training except for those who have received similar training as nurses. Student nurses and licensed nurses may waive CNA training and skip directly to the competency examination. Those who are required to take a state-approved training course will need to complete at least 75 hours of training altogether of which 16 hours must be spent in a clinical setting providing hands-on care to patients under the supervision of a nurse. Kentucky residents may work as non-certified nurse aides for up to 120 days while they train and test. This grace period cannot be extended for any reason.
Kentucky has not placed any limitations on potential students regarding age or educational background. However, certain institutions may have their rules and may require students to have at least an eighth-grade education or to pass a basic reading competency entrance examination. All students will need to have current photo IDs and will need to have fingerprint cards taken to get a criminal background check.
CNA students must be physically fit as proven through a doctor’s physical examination. They will need to spend plenty of time on their feet and be comfortable walking for long periods. In addition, they will need to be able to push, pull and lift at least forty pounds. They should have up-to-date immunizations, including MMR and hepatitis B, and a recently negative tuberculosis screening.
All Kentucky CNA students will need to take their competency evaluations through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System whether or not this is where they received their educations. The test is offered at a variety of regional testing centers, and students can choose their preferred locations. The test is taken in two parts, both of which must be completed on the same day initially. The knowledge section tests CNA theory and has 75 multiple-choice questions. This test can be taken with pencil and paper or orally for those who have trouble reading English. This section must be passed by at least 70 percent.
The second section tests clinical skills in front of an evaluator. The skills are demonstrated on a volunteer actor, and students are encouraged to act as if the actor is an actual patient. Students will be randomly assigned five skills on test day and must perform at least 70 percent of each skill correctly to pass. In addition, critical steps must be completed with 100 percent accuracy.
Students will receive their test results in the mail within 30 days of taking the test. Both sections must be passed successfully before students will become SRNAs or State Registered Nurse Aides as they are called in Kentucky. Students must take and pass the test within one year from the end of training to avoid having to retake the examination. The fee to take both sections is $75. However, high school students taking the examination only have to pay $50 for a first-time discount.
CNAs moving to Kentucky from another state may be able to transfer their certifications to Kentucky via reciprocity. The certification must be active and in good standing, and the CNA must not have any accusations of patient abuse or neglect on his or her record. Applicants will be required to submit their personally identifying information and certification numbers as well as copies of their prior CNA certifications, social security cards, and driver’s licenses. Reciprocity is free in Kentucky. Those who are approved for reciprocity will be notified by the Board within 30 days and will receive their new certifications in the mail.
Kentucky CNAs are required to renew their certifications every two years. The state sends out renewal notifications two months prior to the expiration date. To renew, they must be in good standing with the state with no accusations of patient abuse, neglect or mistreatment. They also must have worked at least eight hours in the past 24 months and must have completed at least 12 hours of in-services or continuing education each year. CNAs must include proof of employment, such as a pay stub or W-2, along with their renewal paperwork. Those who cannot provide proof of employment or who have not worked the required hours will have to retake training classes and retake the competency examination. Renewal is free.
|Baptist Health Lexington||1740 Nicholasville Road||Lexington||KY||40503||859-260-6100||Website|
|St. Elizabeth Edgewood||1 Medical Village Drive||Edgewood||KY||41017||859-301-2000||Website|
|Baptist Health Louisville||4000 Kresge Way||Louisville||KY||40207||502-897-8100||Website|
|Norton Hospital||200 East Chestnut Street||Louisville||KY||40202||502-629-8000||Website|
|University Of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital||800 Rose Street||Lexington||KY||40536||859-323-5000||Website|
|Baptist Health Madisonville||900 Hospital Drive||Madisonville||KY||42431||270-825-5100||Website|
|Baptist Health Richmond||801 Eastern Bypass||Richmond||KY||40475||859-623-3131||Website|
|Baptist Hospital Northeast||1025 New Moody Lane||La Grange||KY||40031||502-222-5388||Website|
|Baptist Regional Medical Center||1 Trillium Way||Corbin||KY||40701||606-528-1212||Website|
|Bluegrass Community Hospital||360 Amsden Avenue||Versailles||KY||40383||859-873-3111||Website|
|Bourbon Community Hospital||9 Linville Drive||Paris||KY||40361||859-987-3600||Website|
|Breckinridge Memorial Hospital||1011 Old Highway 60||Hardinsburg||KY||40143||270-756-7000||Website|
|Caldwell Medical Center||100 Medical Center Drive||Princeton||KY||42445||270-365-0300||Website|
|Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital||2050 Versailles Road||Lexington||KY||40504||859-254-5701||Website|
|Cardinal Hill Specialty Hospital||85 North Grand Avenue||Fort Thomas||KY||41075||859-572-3880||Website|
|Carroll County Memorial Hospital||309 11th Street||Carrollton||KY||41008||502-732-4321||Website|
|Casey County Hospital||187 Wolford Avenue||Liberty||KY||42539||606-787-6275||Not Available|
|Caverna Memorial Hospital||1501 South Dixie Street||Horse Cave||KY||42749||270-786-2191||Website|
|Central State Hospital||10510 LaGrange Road||Louisville||KY||40223||502-253-7000||Not Available|
|Clark Regional Medical Center||175 Hospital Drive||Winchester||KY||40391||859-745-3500||Website|