The state of Colorado requires CNA candidates to complete a training program approved by the Colorado Board of Nursing before taking the CNA certification exam administered by Pearson Vue. Candidates must pass both the written exam and skills test to receive a license to work. Nurse aides in Colorado earn $22,101 to $30,297 annually, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). The department also predicts a 29% increase in employment by the year 2016. It’s an exciting opportunity for new CNAs to get on board and start a rewarding career. A high-school diploma is not a requirement for Colorado CNAs. However, high school graduates and those with the GED equivalent command higher earnings and career advancement opportunities. Consider the list of state-approved training listed below.
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Nursing and Therapy Services of Colorado (NTSOC)
Apart from providing quality state-approved CNA training, NTSOC is also a regional testing center, so students test in the facility where they train. The program’s practical lab training lets students practice their skills on a pseudo-patient before proceeding to the clinical training at a local medical facility. Students receive 60 hours of classroom and lab training plus 20 hours of supervised clinical training at an approved facility. Graduates are eligible sit the state certification exam. Tuition costs $1,050 and includes the state exam fee, 2-year BLS/CPR certification, a background check, and use of textbooks during the training. Day and evening classes are available.
Nurse Nancy LLC
Nurse Nancy’s training received the People’s Choice award for Best of the Springs’ “Continuing Education Programs.” The comprehensive training taught by experienced and friendly nurses provides advanced preparatory skills for graduates to pass the Colorado Nurse Aide Competency and Evaluation Exams and become professional CNAs. Students receive 104 hours intensive training which includes 50 hours of classroom instruction, 22 hours of lab training, 23 hours for externship, and 6 hours of testing. Registered Nurses and LPNs use lectures, role play, demonstrations, anatomical models, and intermittent testing to make learning informative, interactive and fun. Clinical training takes place at a Skilled Nursing facility in Colorado Springs. Day and evening classes are available. Contact the school to learn about the cost of tuition.
Pikes Peak Community College
Pikes Peak Community College offers nurse aide training on the Rampart Range and Centennial Campuses every semester. There are no prerequisites to taking the course, but candidates should possess a minimum eighth-grade reading and comprehension ability. Students must have CPR certification and current negative TB skin test in order to enter the clinical phase of the training. Students will need to submit to a drug test, and criminal background check prior to admission. The course duration runs from 8 to 10 weeks based on the student’s course schedule. At $199 per credit, the 6-credit training will cost approximately $1,200. Students need to budget an extra $1,500 for supplies, textbooks, background checks, medical exam, skin test, state exam fee, and CPR.
Address: 11195 Highway 83 Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Phone: (719) 502.2000
The 80-hour nurse assistant program at Avanza Training covers 40 hours of theory, 20 hours lab, and 20 hours clinical training at an approved medical facility. Students have the option of accelerated learning with the 2-week full-time schedule or the longer 4-week part-time evening or weekend schedule. Tuition costs $625 and includes an NA Skills video from Avanza Education, textbook, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, student manual, pair of scrubs, and four blank DVDs to record lectures. Students must submit the results of a TB test and background check before the third day of class.
Goodwill® Industries of Colorado Springs offers complimentary nursing assistant training to all welfare-to-work clients. In partnership with Centennial Nurse Aide Training Program, the Goodwill offering puts clients on the road to self-sufficiency.
Students spend eight weeks participating in classroom, lab and clinical training at Goodwill’s day program to assist people with special needs. Applicants must pass a series of extensive screenings in order to gain entry into the program. Graduates are eligible to sit the State of Colorado board certification and will receive job placement assistance after passing the exam.
Contact Goodwill to find out more about the program.
Address: 1460 Garden of the Gods Road Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 635-4483
Fax: (719) 635-5713
Beo Personal Care
The three-week course at Beo Personal Care prepares CNA candidates to complete the state certification exam and start an exciting career. Over the three weeks, students spend 40 hours in the classroom, 28 hours in the lab and 24 hours at a skilled nursing facility for clinical training. Admission into the program is contingent on a negative drug test and a criminal-free background check. Applicants must also have a negative TB skin test before acceptance into the program. Students must complete the entire 92 hours of training in order to graduate from the program and take the state exam. Tuition costs $900, which covers the full training in addition to stethoscope/BP kit, 1 set of scrubs, textbooks, gait belt, watch with second hand, tote, name badge, background check, TB skin test, urine drug test and the BLS course.