CNA Classes in Colorado (Top Schools)

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In Colorado, you can become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) if you complete the following:

  • State-approved CNA training program
  • Pass the competency evaluation exam or qualify for endorsement

When you do, the Colorado Board of Nursing (CBoN) will:

  • Grant and issue you the certification
  • Add you to the Nurse Aide Registry (NAR)

Taking on a CNA Training Program in Colorado

CNA training programs are approved by the CBoN.

This ensures that the training you’ll receive meets the state and federal standards and requirements.

In the program, you’ll be provided with materials that educate you with basic nurse aide knowledge and skills.

The training hours will depend on the training facility’s curriculum.

But at the minimum, your training should be 75 hours, with 16 hours of on-site clinical training.

Here are some of the state-approved CNA training facilities in Colorado.

27 CNA Schools in Colorado

School NameAddress
Agape Angelicum School of Nursing ArtsWestminster, CO 80031
Ann Rose Schools of Nursing ArtsWestminster, CO 80031
Balfour Sernior Living NATPLouisville, CO 80027
Bent County Health Care Center NATPAnimas, CO 81054
Beo Training CenterColorado Springs, CO 80918
CEC Early College (formerly known as Fred A. Thomas)Denver, CO 80211
Colorado Mountain College - West GarfieldRifle, CO 81650
Colorado Northwestern Community CollegeRangely, CO 81648
Colorado Nurse Aide SchoolCentennial, CO 80121
DPS West Campus NATPDenver CO 80204
Eezy Training InstituteDenver, CO 80231
Emily Griffith Technical CollegeDenver CO 80203
Front Range Community College - WestminsterWestminster, CO 80031
Geriatric Education Centre (formerly Columbine Health Systems)Fort Collins, CO 80526
Littleton Public Schools Health Sciences TechnologyLittleton, CO 80121
New DirectionsThornton, CO 80233
Pikes Peak Community College - Falcon NATPPeyton, CO 80831
Pima Medical Institute - NorthDenver, CO 80221
Pueblo Community College - Cannon CityCanon City, CO 81212
Red Rocks Community CollegeArvada, CO 80005
Southeast Colorado Hospital and Long Term Care CenterSpringfield, CO 81073
St. Thomas More Hospital Nurse Aide ProgramFlorence, CO 81226
Technical College of the RockiesDelta, CO 81416
Vista Academy Nursing Assistant ProgramDenver, CO 80249
Volunteers of America Nurse Aide ProgramMontrose, CO 81401
Western Colorado Area Health EducationGrand Junction, CO 81504
Western Colorado Community College - MontroseMontrose, CO 81416

Evaluating a CNA Candidate

There are two ways to be certified in Colorado.

  • Certification by Examination
  • Certification by Endorsement

Let’s take a closer look at each one to know what you need to do to gain CNA status.

Certification by Examination

The competency evaluation exam you’ll take is the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam.

Update: The NNAAP exam for Colorado will now be under the testing vendor Credentia.

In the exam, you’ll be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Basic nursing skills
  • Personal care skills
  • Basic restorative services
  • Patient rights
  • Recognition of mental health and social services needs

Also, it has two components: a knowledge test (written or oral) and a skills test.

Usually, the knowledge test is in the written format and in English.

But you can opt for an oral format upon request if you have difficulty reading English.

In the knowledge test, you’ll answer a certain number of questions.

  • If a written test – 70 multiple-choice questions
  • If an oral test – 60 multiple-choice questions with 10 reading comprehension questions

Meanwhile, in the skills test, you’ll be evaluated by performing five random nurse aide skills.

You have 30 minutes to accurately complete all five tasks given by the evaluator.

Exam Fees

You will pay Credentia the following exam fees:

  • Written – $50
  • Oral – English – $50
  • Oral – Spanish – $50
  • Skills – $85

Exam Results and Attempts

Within a few hours after taking the test, the official exam results will be posted on your CNA365 account.

An email notification will also be sent to you the moment these scores are added to your account.

If you pass, then you will be added to NAR within 10 business days by CBoN.

Please contact CBoN if you can’t locate your certification on the registry after 10 business days.

State Board Of Nursing
Nurse Aide Registry
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2430
dora_nursingboard@state.co.us

However, if you fail, you must retake the test/s and secure a passing score within 24 months of your initial exam application.
You’re only allowed three tries to pass the NNAAP exam.

If you still fail after that, then you must re-enroll in a CNA training program and retake NNAAP after.

CNA Candidates Eligible to Take the NNAAP Exam

The following candidates can take the exam if they satisfy the following requirements:

Newly-trained nurse aide
  • Complete the state-approved CNA training program
  • Haven’t committed any acts that would be grounds of discipline or denial of certification
LPN, RN, LPT, or Military Equivalent Student Who Has Never Been Licensed
  • Complete five-semester credits of nursing fundamentals in your program
  • Provide a transcript or verification letter from the school as proof
LPN, RN, or LPT Student With an Active or Expired License From Any U.S. State or Territory
  • Copy of your license or transcript
Foreign-trained LPN, RN, or LPT
  • Translated transcript showing five-semester credits of nursing fundamentals or its equivalent
Out-of-State Nurse Aide Trainee
  • Proof of completing a state-approved nurse aide training program at the state of origin
RN, LPN, or LPT with Active Discipline
  • Copy of your most recent nursing license
  • In the application, check “Yes” on screening question 5 with your explanation
CNA with a Revoked or Surrendered License
  • Proof of re-training at a state-approved CNA program within two years before exam application
  • In the application, check “Yes” on screening question 5 with your explanation
  • Submit a letter to CBoN requesting permission to retest, along with your application
Reinstating CNA Who Hasn’t Worked for Pay for at least Eight Hours in the Last 24 Months
  • Copy of your most recent CNA certificate, or
  • Certificate of Completion from a state-approved training program

Certification by Endorsement

You can get certified as a CNA in Colorado without training and examination through endorsement.

This path is usually applicable to out-of-state CNAs with good standing in their state’s registry.

Here are the application requirements outlined by CBoN:

  • Pay the endorsement application fee
  • Provide information on all other healthcare licenses held anywhere other than Colorado
  • Verification of your CNA license in another state
  • Documentation of name change, if applicable
  • General and criminal history screening with supporting documents
  • Complete the Healthcare Professional Profile with supporting documents

You can submit your application online at the Colorado Division of Professions and Occupations Online Services Portal.

Potential Salary

Salaries for CNAs vary from place to place in Colorado.

As of this writing, the average annual salary is about $31,000.

Below, you’ll find the different salaries across the state.

Annual Salary Range:
$28K
$31K
$34K

Average Salary of CNAs in Colorado

City NameSalary
Denver$31,986
Colorado Springs$31,480
Aurora$31,965
Lakewood$31,986
Fort Collins$30,791
Arvada$31,986
Pueblo$29,332
Westminster$31,986
Boulder$32,451
Thornton$31,986
* Salary information last updated 2022

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