Connecticut State CNA Requirements and Approved CNA Programs

The Connecticut medical industry has a growing need for CNAs at long-term healthcare facilities. The OBRA 1987 requires every state to maintain a nurse aide training program, competency evaluation and national nurse aide registry to improve the quality of care offered at healthcare facilities. The Connecticut Department of Health enforces the guidelines of the act and monitors training programs as outlined in the Federal Code of Regulations (CFR Title 42, volume 3, part 483). The Health Department also certifies all nurse aides who complete an approved training program and list them on the registry after they successfully complete the state evaluation.

Prometric, through a contract with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, develops and manages the Nurse Aide Competency Exam and keeps an up-to-date record of nurse aides on the registry.

CNA Classes in Connecticut:

Certification Requirements

In order to work legally as a Certified Nurse Aide in Connecticut, you must complete a state-approved training program and pass the state evaluation exam to get listed on the Nurse Aide Registry. These basic requirements ensure nurse aides have the skills they need to perform their duties at long-term care facilities. Employers must verify the nurse aide’s listing on the state registry before extending an offer of employment.

Prerequisites to Training

Every training program has different requirements for accepting new students. While there’s no specific requirement from the state regarding the completion of high school, many intensive programs enroll high school graduates only. Others may administer reading and comprehension exams to ensure students can meet the demands of the program.

New nurse aides must successfully complete training before challenging the state evaluation. However, you can skip training if you’ve completed at least 100 hours in an accredited nursing degree program. Out of state CNAs, and those with expired licenses, can also skip the training and take the exam. Other prerequisites include:

  • Criminal History Record Information (fingerprint method)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Physical exam
  • Proof of immunization of tetanus, measles, rubella, and mumps.
  • Negative TB test
  • High school diploma (recommended).

Connecticut’s Certified Nurse Aide Training Requirements

Nurse assistant training providers must adhere to state guidelines and provide at least 100 hours of training, including 24 hours of clinical experience. State guidelines mandate that students complete at least 16 hours of training in resident rights, safety procedures, disease prevention, emergency procedures, communication and interpersonal skills before they’re able to work with patients. During the clinical and lab components of the training, instructors teach students the 25 skills required to excel in their role as certified nurse aides.

You must take and pass the state nurse aide evaluation within 24 months of completing an approved training in order to obtain certification. Check the list below  for state-approved nurse aide training programs.

Cost of Training

Nurse aide training across Connecticut can cost as little as $400 or as much as $4500 depending on the provider. The programs’ cost may or may not include the cost of textbooks, uniform, supplies and the Prometric-administered state evaluation fee. Free training may be available to low-income families through public funding. Your employer must cover the cost of training and exam if you’re employed at a long-term healthcare facility.

Nurse Aide Testing

Graduates of a state-approved nurse aide training program can register to sit the state evaluation for nurse aides. The Nurse Aide Exam comprises of the Clinical Skills test and a Written test. First-time candidates must register for both components. The exact procedure depends on the eligibility route. The nursing home or training facility will schedule your exam if the site offers in-facility testing. Otherwise, you can contact Prometric directly to arrange for testing at a regional test site. Prometric accepts credit cards, money order and certified checks only.

The written exam contains 60 multiple choice questions, which you must complete in 90 minutes. For the clinical exam, the computer will assign three tasks, and you will be scored on those three assignments in addition to two additional skills – Hand washing and Indirect Care.

The duration of the skills components ranges from 30 to 40 minutes depending on the tasks assigned. Students who demonstrate competency when performing the skills will pass the exam.

Certification Costs

The testing fee varies. See the fee schedule below:

  • $118 – Clinical Skills and Written Examination (first time)
  • $128 – Clinical Skills and Oral Examination (first time)
  • $73 – Clinical Skills Retest
  • $45 – Written Retest
  • $55 – Oral Retest
  • $15 – Duplicate certificate
  • 25 – Rescheduling fee

On exam day, you must walk with the following:

  • Two forms of identification – one should have your picture
  • Three No. 2 pencils
  • An eraser
  • A watch with a second hand
  • Your social security number
  • Prometric recommends that your wear scrubs and flat, non-skid, closed-toe shoes to the exam.

Out-of-State CNAs

If you’re an out-of-state active CNA in good standing on a registry in another state, you can apply for a listing on Connecticut’s Nurse Aide Registry. Prometric manages the application for reciprocity, so download the application from their website to process your application for the Connecticut nurse aide evaluation. You’ll need

  • A completed application
  • Copy of your current certificate or letter of verification
  • Verification of your good standing
  • Reciprocity fee


The certification period is valid for 24 months, so you must recertify your license every two years. Recertification will not affect the actual certificate (just the status at the registry), which does not have an expiration date.

Contact the Registry

7941 Corporate Drive
Nottingham, MD 21236
Phone: 866.499.7485
Fax: 800.813.6670

Connecticut Department of Public Health

410 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: 860.509.7596

State Approved CNA Programs in Connecticut

Ansonia, CT CNA programs:
Emmett O’Brien Technical High School
141 Prindle Ave. Ansonia, CT 06401
(203) 702-1280

Bethel, CT CNA programs:
American Red Cross – Bethel
7 Park Lawn Dr, Bethel, CT 06801-1041
(203) 702-1280

Bethel Health And Rehabilitation Center LLC
13 Park Lawn Dr, Bethel, CT 06801-1043
(203) 830-4180

Branford, CT CNA programs:
CSC Enterprises Inc.
189 Alps Rd, Branford, CT 06405-4771
(203) 481-6221

Bridgeport, CT CNA programs:
St. Vincent’s College
2800 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06606-4201
(800) 873-1013

American Red Cross – Bridgeport
1057 Broad St Fl 3, Bridgeport, CT 06604-4219
(203) 338-0951

Training Direct, LLC
3885 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06606-2814
(203) 372-8842

Bullard Havens Regional Vocational Technical School
500 Palisade Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06010-0000
(203) 579-6496

Valley Medical Institute
4637 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06606-1838
(203) 378-2210

Warren Harding High School
1734 Central Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06610-2763
(203) 275-2761

Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604-0000

Bristol, CT CNA programs:
Sheriden Woods Health Care Center Inc.
321 Stonecrest Drive, Bristol, CT 06010-0000

Canaan, CT CNA programs:
The Robert C. Geer Memorial Hospital
Incorporated 99 S Canaan Rd, Canaan, CT 06018-2502
(860) 824-3832

Chester, CT CNA programs:
Chesterfields Ltd.
132 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1340
(860) 526-5363

Aaron Manor Inc
3 S Wig Hill Rd, Chester, CT 06412-1106
(860) 526-5316

Colchester, CT CNA programs:
Health Resources of Colchester Inc.
59 Harrington CT, Colchester, CT 06415-1207
(860) 537-2339

Collinsville, CT CNA programs:
New Horizons Inc.
102 Dyer Ave, Collinsville, CT 06019-3236
(860) 693-7777

Danbury, CT CNA programs:
Danbury High School
43 Clapboard Ridge Rd, Danbury, CT, 06811-4529

Harris School of Business
155 Main St Ste 302, Danbury, CT 06810-7844
(203) 797-1461

Naugatuck Valley Community College – Danbury Branch
183 Main St, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
(203) 797-9361

Danielson, CT CNA programs:
Quinebaug Valley Community College
742 Upper Maple St, Danielson CT 06239-1436
(860) 412-7300

Derby, CT CNA programs:
Griffin Hospital
130 Division Street, Derby, CT 06418-0000

East Hartford, CT CNA programs:
East Hartford High School
869 Forbes St, East Hartford, CT, 06118-1958
(860) 622-5312

Stone Academy – East Hartford
745 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT 06108-2705

American Red Cross – East Hartford
111 Founders Plz Fl 10, East Hartford, CT 06108-3212
(860) 761-0249

East Haven, CT CNA programs:
East Haven High School
35 Wheelbarrow Ln, East Haven, CT 06513-2003
(203) 468-3254

Enfield, CT CNA programs:
Enfield Adult Education
1564 Enfield St, Enfield, CT 06082-5568
(860) 763-7032

Fairfield, CT CNA programs:
Jewish Home For The Elderly Of Fairfield County Inc.
175 Jefferson St, Fairfield, CT 06825-1078
(203) 365-6400

Farmington, CT CNA programs:
Macdougall Correctional Institution
UCHC/CMHA, Farmington, CT 06030

Tunxis Community College
271 Scott Swamp Road, Farmington, CT 06030
(860) 773-1300

Granby, CT CNA programs:
Meadowbrook Center Inc.
350 Salmon Brook St, Granby, CT 06035-1842
(860) 653-9888

Groton, CT CNA programs:
Odd Fellows Home of Connecticut Inc.
235 Lestertown Rd, Groton, CT 06340-2828
(860) 445-7478

Robert E. Fitch High School
101 Groton Long Point Rd, Groton, CT 06340-4861
(860) 449-4624 4624

Hamden, CT CNA programs:
Hamden High School
2040 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06514-2404
(203) 407-2040

Eli Whitney Regional Vocational Technical School
71 Jones Rd, Hamden, CT 06514-4602
(203) 397-4031 387

Hartford, CT CNA programs:
Capital Community College
950 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103-0000
(860) 906-5142

Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church
290 Cornwall St, Hartford, CT 06112-1427
(860) 242-0318

Jewett City, CT CNA programs:
Griswold High School
267 Slater Ave, Jewett City, CT 06351-2533
(860) 376-7640

Kensington, CT CNA programs:
Ledgecrest Health Care Center Inc.
154 Kensington Rd, Kensington, CT 06037-2602
(860) 828-0583

Kent, CT CNA programs:
The Kent Ltd.
46 Maple Street, Kent, CT 06757-0000

Litchfield, CT CNA programs:
Foothills Adult and Continuing Education
355 Goshen Rd, Litchfield, CT, 06759-2404
(860) 567-0863

Manchester, CT CNA programs:
Manchester Community College
Po Box 1046, Manchester, CT, 06045-1046
(860) 512-2826

Meriden, CT CNA programs:
Maloney High School
121 Gravel St, Meriden, CT 06450-4611
(203) 238-2334

O.H. Platt High School
220 Coe Ave., Meriden, CT 06451-3812
203 235-7962

H.C. Wilcox Regional Vocational Technical School
298 Oregon Rd, Meriden, CT 06451-3721
(860) 807-2235

Middletown, CT CNA programs:
Athena Middlesex Llc
100 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT 06457-0000

Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT 06457-4829
(860) 343-5716

Milford, CT CNA programs:
Jonathan Law High School
20 Lansdale Ave, Milford, CT 06460-5111
(203) 783-3574

Joseph Foran High School
80 Foran Rd, Milford, CT 06460-7766
(203) 877-4418

City Of Milford Employment and Training
150 Gulf St, Milford, CT 06460-4815
(203) 783-3243

Mystic, CT CNA programs:
SSC Mystic Operating Company LLC
44 Maritime Dr, Mystic, CT 06355-1958
(860) 572-1700

New Britain, CT CNA programs:
EC Goodwin Regional Vocational Technical School
735 Slater Road, New Britain, CT 06053-0000
(860) 827-7736

New Britain High School
110 Mill St., New Britain, CT 06051
860 225-6351

New Haven, CT CNA programs:
Gateway Community College
20 Church St, New Haven, CT 06051-3413
(203) 285-2300

Hill Regional Career Magnet High School
140 Legion Ave, New Haven, CT 06519-5507
(203) 214-7878

Wilbur L. Cross High School
181 Mitchell Dr, New Haven, CT 06511-2515
(203) 946-7420

New Haven Adult Education
580 Ella T Grasso Blvd, New Haven CT 06519-1806
(203) 937-4375

Danae’s Training Center
92 Arch St, New Haven, CT 06519-1511
(203) 773-5097

American Red Cross – New Haven
703 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT 06511-1367
(203) 787-672 X 277

New Haven Job Corps Center
455 Wintergreen Ave. New Haven CT 06515
203 397-3775

Hospital Of Saint Raphael
1450 Chapel Street, New Haven CT 06511-0000

New London, CT CNA programs:
Kindred Nursing Centers East L.L.C.
78 Viets St, New London, CT 06320-3354
(860) 447-1416

New London Adult & Continuing Ed.
Shaw’s Cove Three, New London, CT 06320-4950
860 437-2385

New London High School
493 Jefferson Ave., New London, CT 06320
860 437-6400

Educational Training of Wethersfield @ New London
88 Howard St, New London, CT 06320-4929
(860) 571-7666

Opportunities Industrialization Center of New London County Inc
106 Truman St, New London, CT 06320-5632
(860) 447-1731

New Milford, CT CNA programs:
New Milford High School
388 Danbury Rd Route 7, New Milford, CT 06776-4317
(860) 350-6647 X1163

New Milford High School Adult Ed.
388 Danbury Rd Route 7, New Milford, CT 06776-4317
(860) 350-6647 X1163

Candlewood New Milford LLC
30 Park Ln E, New Milford, CT 06776-2510
(860) 355-0971

Norwalk, CT CNA programs:
Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Ave, Norwalk CT 06854-1634
(203) 857-7122

Norwich, CT CNA programs:
Three Rivers Community College
574 New London Tpke, Norwich, CT 06360-6500
(860) 885-2319

Norwich Free Academy
90 Sachem St, Norwich, CT 06360-4240
(860) 886-1463 100

Norwich Technical High School
590 New London Tpke, Norwich, CT 06360-7044

American Professional Training
1 American Way, Norwich, CT 06360-5634
(860) 886-1463

Plainville, CT CNA programs:
Apple Rehab Farmington Valley
269 Farmington Ave, Plainville, CT 06062-1335
(860) 747-1637

Plymouth, CT CNA programs:
Cook-Willow Convalescent Hospital Inc
81 Hillside Ave, Plymouth, CT 06782-2305
(860) 283-8208

Portland, CT CNA programs:
Portland Care And Rehab. Centre, Inc.
333 Main St, Portland, CT 06480-1561
(860) 342-0370

Sharon, CT CNA programs:
United Methodist Home Of Sharon Inc.
27 Hospital Hill Rd, Sharon, CT 06069-2095
(860) 364-1002

Shelton, CT CNA programs:
Lincoln Technical Institute
8 Progress Dr, Shelton, CT 06484-6219
(203) 929-0592

Simsbury, CT CNA programs:
Mclean Affiliates Inc.
75 Great Pond Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070-1980
(860) 658-3700

Somers, CT CNA programs:
Osborn Correctional Institution
335 Bilton Rd, Somers, CT 06071-1044
(860) 692-7643

Stafford Springs, CT CNA programs:
Johnson Evergreen Corporation
205 Chestnut Hill Rd Route 190, Stafford Springs, CT 06076-4005
(860) 684-6341

Stratford, CT CNA programs:
Lord Chamberlain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
7003 Main St, Stratford, CT 06614-1393
(203) 375-5894

Stratford High School
45 N Parade St, Stratford, CT 06615-5822
(203) 385-4230

Torrington, CT CNA programs:
Oliver Wolcott Regional Vocational Technical School
75 Oliver St, Torrington, CT 06790-3859
(860) 496-5345

Wolcott Hall Nursing Center Inc.
215 Forest St, Torrington, CT 06790-4947
(860) 482-8554

Academy of Medical Training
339 Main St, Torrington CT 06790
(860) 618-7233

Uncasville, CT CNA programs:
Apple Rehab – Orchard Grove Specialty Care Center
5 Richard Brown Dr, Uncasville, CT 06382-1141
(860) 848-8466

Wallingford, CT CNA programs:
Wallingford Adult Education
37 Hall Ave, Wallingford, CT 06492-3549
(203) 294-3900

Wallingford Public Schools
70 Pond Hill Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492-4849
(203) 294-5350

Waterbury, CT CNA programs:
Sacred Heart High School
142 S Elm St, Waterbury, CT 06706-1116
(203) 753-1605

Crosby High School
300 Pierpont Rd, Waterbury, CT 06705-3905
(203) 574-8061

Kennedy High School
422 Highland Ave, Waterbury, CT 06708-3443

Wilby High School
460 Bucks Hill Rd, Waterbury, CT, 06704-1225
(203) 574-8100

W.F. Kaynor Technical High School Adult Ed.
43 Tompkins St, Waterbury, CT 06708-1416
(203) 596-4302 304

Naugatuck Valley Community College
750 Chase Pkwy, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011
(203) 575-8083

Waterbury Adult Education
28 E Clay St, Waterbury, CT, 06706-1216
(203) 574-8038

Academy Of Medical Training
521 Wolcott St, Waterbury, CT 06705-1240
(203) 721-7021

American Red Cross – Waterbury
228 Meadow St Fl 4, Waterbury, CT 06702-1807
(203) 568 1336

Stone Academy Waterbury
101 Pierpont Rd, Waterbury, CT 06705-3823
(203) 756-5500

Valley Medical Institute – Satellite Location
91 Schraffts Dr, Waterbury, CT 06705-3271

West Haven, CT CNA programs:
Stone Academy-West Haven
560 Saw Mill Rd, West Haven, CT 06516-4049
(203) 288-7474

CNA Preparatory School
255 Meloy Rd, West Haven, CT 06516-3001
(203) 214-1624

West Haven Adult Education
1 Mcdonough Plz, West Haven, CT 06516-5257
(203) 937-4375

West Haven High School
1 Mcdonough Plz, West Haven, CT 06516-5257
(203) 937-4360

Willimantic, CT CNA programs:
Windham Technical High School
210 Birch St, Willimantic, CT 06226-2108
(860) 456-3879

Windham, CT CNA programs:
St Joseph’s Living Center Inc.
14 Club Rd, Windham, CT 06280-1000
(860) 456-1107

Winsted, CT CNA programs:
Northwestern Connecticut Community-Technical College
Park Place East, Winsted, CT 06098-0000
(860) 738-6453

Wolcott, CT CNA programs:
Wolcott High School
457 Bound Line Rd, Wolcott, CT 06716-2007
(203) 879-8164


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