There are some things that you will want to know if you are planning to work as a certified nursing assistant in Connecticut. You will need to become certified before you can be employed as a CNA. Certification for individuals with no previous experience or certification in another state can be achieved by attending a state-approved training course and by taking and passing the test for certification.
Training Programs and Requirements in Connecticut
You cannot sit for the nursing assistant competency exam in Connecticut unless you complete a nursing assistant training program. This program must be among those that are approved by the state of Connecticut. State approved training programs will cover at least 100 hours of training. It will be necessary to spend 16 hours in classroom study before starting any clinical segments of your training. Some of the training will take place in the classroom and other training will be in a clinical setting.
CNA License Renewal
You will renew your nursing assistant certification every two years. It will be necessary to have worked for at least 8 hours during that time period in order to renew your certification. If you have not worked during the past two years as a nursing assistant or in a related position, you will need to take and pass the certification exam for nursing assistants again.
Employment details will be verified as part of the renewal process. You will need to submit your nursing assistant certification renewal forms before it expires. Forms are typically sent to you at least 2 months before the due date. You should complete the form as soon as possible and send them to the address provided to ensure that they are received and processed before the due date.
The renewal form can be obtained at: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/practitioner_licensing_and_investigations/plis/nurseaide/cna_employment_verif_facility.pdf
Fill it out with the help of your employer and send it over to:
CT Nurse Aide Registry Program
Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#12MQA
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Transfer CNA License/Certification to Connecticut Via Reciprocity
IF you have moved to Connecticut from another state from which you hold a nursing assistant certification, you should contact the Department of Public Health. You might be able to receive certification in Connecticut through reciprocity. It would not be necessary to complete a nursing assistant training program in Connecticut or to take the certification test.
You should also note that if you graduated with a degree as an LPN or an RN from an accredited college or training school, you can apply to receive a CNA certification in Connecticut without the need to complete a training course or sit for the competency test. Contact the state of Connecticut to determine if you qualify to have training requirements waived.
Steps to transfer your CNA license to Connecticut from another state
Documents that will be required:
- A copy of your current and active certificate.
- A license verification form your current CNA registry(the state you are transferring FROM)
1) Fill out the Nurse Aide registry application available at http://www.prometric.com/nurseaide/ct
2) Attach a check of $55 to the completed form.
Mail the completed documentation above to:
Attn: CT Nurse Aide Testing Program,
1260 Energy Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108.
Paulette asked: “I am planning an moving back to MD where I am originally from and got my cna/gna certificate before i came here what am i to do to get my MD certificate back”
Answer: Once you move back to MD, you will need to contact the relevant licensing body and show them proof of your active status in the CT nurse aide registry. They might make you fill up a reciprocity form, but considering you had a license there you will just need to show proof of employment and active license status in CT.
Michelina asked: “Not too long ago I found out that my CNA license has expired. Im currently working as HHA at the VNA in Waterbury CT for the last 5 years. I would like to renew my CT license please let me know what do”
Answer: Considering your license has been expired for more than 5 years, you will need to re take the training as well as do the certification exam again. Working as a HHA without the supervision of a licensed professional does not count as relevant work experience for CNA renewal. If you need help paying for tuition, you can look at Free CNA programs in Connecticut. You will also find this helpful: CNA classes in Connecticut