Free CNA Training in Colorado

If you are interested in a career in nursing but are not yet ready for the time and expense to become a nurse, you should consider training as a certified nursing assistant.  A CNA is an entry-level nursing position in which you provide some basic (primarily non-medical) care for patients.  It will be necessary to locate a state approved training program and pass the certification exam that follows before receiving certification in Colorado.  We’ve compiled a few training options available in Colorado below:

1) Long Term Care Facilities: You can start to look for free nursing assistant training in Colorado by contacting local long-term care facilities and other nursing care facilities.  These employers often provide CNA training for free to prospective CNAs.  You must agree to work for the facility for several months or more upon completion of your free cna training.  Most nursing care facilities will also reimburse you for your training if you paid out of pocket and are subsequently hired to work as a CNA.


2) Community Colleges: There are many community colleges in Colorado that offer state approved CNA training programs.  These programs will have tuition and fees associated with them.  However, you can often apply for grants and scholarships for programs offered at colleges.  You will receive free cna training if you qualify for enough grants and scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and expenses.

3) Unemployment Offices: If you are unemployed or are very low income, it is sometimes possible to receive assistance receiving training to start a new career.  In the state of Colorado, some of the potential training options include CNA training.  Sometimes you can access programs that will cover the entire cost of your training, therefore providing you with free cna training.

4) Board of Nursing: Contact the Board of Nursing in Colorado if you are trying to find free cna training options.  They can provide you with information on any potential free training that you can receive in your area.

Direct Free Training Listings

Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs
The Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs are offering a free CNA program to selected applicants. It is offered as part of its Welfare to Work program where they help retrain workers to give them a possibility of employment in the healthcare sector.
The first initiative was started in July this year where 9 applicants were selected from a total of 90 that applied. The next batch should begin soon. For more information on this opportunity, please contact the Goodwill Industries using the following contact info:
Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Phone: (719) 444-5041
Fax: (719) 444-5054

Homewatch Caregivers
7100 E. Belleview Avenue, Suite 102, Greenwood Village, CO, Phone:+1 303-758-7290
This is more of a job listing than a free training position. Unlike other entries in this list, this is primarily here to show you that you can get started on your CNA career without getting trained due to job opportunities like this. Homewatch is looking to hire caregivers and they will hire you even if you’re not a CNA. You will do pretty much everything a CNA does save a few medical tasks. The difference in pay between qualified CNA’s and caregiver is just $0.50 at this organization. They have also mentioned that they will provide additional training if they want you to do more tasks.

Home Instead Senior Care
588 N. Hwy 287 #200, Lafayette, CO 80026, Phone: 720-890-0184
Same opportunity as above. They are a very reputable senior care organization and have provided a stepping stone to many caregivers who have gone on to become CNA’s.

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Latin American Education Foundation (LAEF)
561 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204, Phone: +1 303-446-0541

The Latin American Education Foundation was established in 1949 and runs a scholarships that awards $1000 to undergraduate and graduate students. While CNA training isn’t eligible for this, you can use the funds for an undergraduate nursing degree such as a BSN or RN. Great opportunity even though the amount given is minimal. This is a need and merit scholarship.

Institutions That Can Help

Colorado Existing Industry Grants-Aims Community College

5590 W. 11th  Street, PO Box 69, Greeley, CO 80632

Workforce Board Boulder County

2520 55th Street, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301, 303-301-2900

Workforce Center Veteran Services-Denver

1391 N. Speer Blvd., Suite 520, Denver, CO 80204

Nursing homes in the state of Colorado that might offer Free CNA Training

Note: These nursing homes DO NOT Provide CNA training directly. It is however common for nursing homes to employ you and then pay for your training at another facility.

  1. Camellia Care Center – 500 Geneva Street   Aurora, Colorado 80010 Phone: (303) 364-9311
  2. Canon Lodge Care Center – 905 Harding Avenue   Canon City, Colorado 81212 Phone: (719) 275-4106
  3. Castle Rock Care Center – 4001 Home Street   Castle Rock, Colorado 80104 Phone: (303) 688-3174
  4. Cedardale Health Care Centre – 720 Clay Street   Wray, Colorado 80758 Phone: (970) 332-5375
  5. Cedars Health Care Center – 1599 Ingalls Street   Lakewood, Colorado 80214 Phone: (303) 232-3551
  6. Cheyenne Manor – 561 West 1st North/P O Box 938   Cheyenne Wells, Colorado 80810 Phone: (719) 767-5602
  7. Cheyenne Mountain Care Center – 835 Tenderfoot Hill Road   Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906 Phone: (719) 576-8380
  8. Christian Living Campus-Johnson Center – 5000 East Arapahoe Road   Centennial, Colorado 80122 (303) 779-5000
  9. Christian Living Campus-University Hill – 2480 South Clermont Street   Denver, Colorado 80222 Phone: (303) 758-4528
  10.  Four Corners Health Care Center – 2911 Junction Street   Durango, Colorado 81301 Phone: (970) 247-2215
  11.  Fowler Health Care Center – “221 2nd Street, P O Box 398″   Fowler, Colorado 81039 Phone: (719) 263-4234
  12.  Frasier Meadows Manor – 4950 Thunderbird Drive   Boulder, Colorado 80303 Phone: (303) 499-4888
  13.  Garden Of The Gods Care Center – 104 Lois Lane   Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904 Phone: (719) 635-2569
  14.  Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center Of Excellence – 1600 South Potomac Street   Aurora, Colorado 80012 Phone: (303) 750-8418
  15.  Mountain Meadows Nursing Center – 2277 East Drive   Monte Vista, Colorado 81144 Phone: (719) 852-5138
  16.  Mountain View Care Center – 2612 West Cucharras Street   Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904 Phone: (719) 643-2747
  17.  Mountain Vista Health Center – 4800 Tabor Street   Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033 Phone: (303) 421-4161
  18.  Mullen Home/Little Sisters Of The Poor – 3629 West 29th Avenue   Denver, Colorado 80211 Phone: (303) 433-7221
  19.  North Colorado Medical Center T C U – 1801 16th Street   Greeley, Colorado 80631 Phone: (970) 350-6544
  20.  Sierra Vista Healthcare Center – 821 Duffield Court   Loveland, Colorado 80537 Phone: (970) 669-0345
  21.  Simla Good Samaritan Center – 320 Pueblo Avenue   Simla, Colorado 80835 Phone: (719) 541-2269
  22.  Skyline Ridge – 515 Fairview Street   Canon City, Colorado 81212 Phone: (719) 275-0665

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5 Responses to Free CNA Training in Colorado

  1. RochellTaylor August 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    I’m having problems with getting my certification if there is a job out there is willing to help me with a letter stating that i would be hirable if i had my certfication it’s on hold due to the fact I owe a reminding balance of 400.00 dollars if I can get some one that is willing to write a letter that i would be hirable if I only had my certifcation than the work force will be willing to pay for the reminding coverage of my schooling and for me to take the exam.

    Thank you .

    • Admin August 31, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

      Hi Rochell,
      have you tried approaching a nursing care facility?

  2. bernadette rodriguez September 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    i got my certificate back in 2003 but didnt go take the state test

  3. Courious January 31, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    If you have had a c.n.a. in another state and had it revoked can you apply in another state. Even if the cause was explainable and you complied with all neccessary actions ask of you to be able to keep the job,only to be let go

  4. jazzarae gary December 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    I’m wondering where in Colorado will do free training for cna??

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