Are you looking for a promising career that offers plenty of job opportunities and room for advancement in Colorado? Does working in the healthcare sector appeal to you? If you answered “yes” to both the questions, training for a career as a CNA would be the perfect choice for you! This is a popular career in Colorado today.
CNA Requirements in Colorado
To get certified as a CNA in Colorado, you need to complete a state-approved training program that includes at least 80 hours of instruction, and you must pass both sections of the Certified Nursing Assistant/Nurse Aide competency evaluation examination. Completing these two steps will get you the status of a certified nursing assistant in Colorado.
How to Get Your CNA Certification in Colorado
For you to obtain CNA certification in Colorado, navigate to Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies website. Click on “Healthcare Professions Programs.” Then on “Nursing.” On the page that opens, click on "Licensing Services” and then on “Find Applications and Forms.” On the page that then opens, click on “Certified Nurse Aide Applications and Forms." This will take you to a page where you will find the link to complete and submit an application for CNA certification by examination in the state of Colorado.
How to Verify Your CNA Certification in Colorado
If you or a prospective employer need/s to verify your CNA certification, visit Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies website and on the same “Certified Nurse Aide Applications and Forms" page, you will find, under “Verification and Forms,” the link to the form for verification of CNA certification.
How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Colorado
All CNA certifications in Colorado expire on January 31 of odd-numbered years. You can renew your certificate online by visiting https://apps.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Default.aspx. The CNA renewal option is only available during the renewal period.
How to Reinstate Your CNA Certification in Colorado
If your certification has expired, you may be able to have it reinstated as long as you worked as a CNA for at least 8 hours within the past 24 months. Otherwise, you must attend a CNA training program again. Reinstatement application can be found on the “Certified Nurse Aide Applications and Forms" page.
How to Transfer Your CNA Certification from Colorado to Another State
To transfer your CNA certification from Colorado to another state, you will need to contact your new state's Nurse Aide Registry, Public Health Department or Board of Nursing to learn about their transfer requirements. Requirements typically include a small transfer fee, submission of a certification by endorsement application, submission of a CNA verification form and/or completion of various continuing education courses.
Colorado Nurse Aide Registry
If you have additional questions, contact the Colorado Nurse Aide Registry at:
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-2430
Fax: (303) 894-2821
Registry Search: https://apps.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx
State-Approved CNA Programs in Colorado
Although there are many excellent schools offering training for aspiring CNAs in Colorado, the following facilities are some of the best.
Agape Angelicum School of Nursing Arts5005 W 81st Pl #203, Westminster, CO 80031 (720) 470-6563
Aims Community College5401 20th St, Greeley, CO 80634 (970) 330-8008
Arapahoe Community College5900 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120 (303) 797-4222
Centura Health3030 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (719) 776-4100
Colorado CNA Academy2790 N Academy Blvd #238, Colorado Springs, CO 80917 (303) 862-8941
Colorado Northwestern Community College500 Kennedy Dr, Rangely, CO 81648 (970) 675-2261
Columbine Health Systems802 W Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526 (970) 482-0198
Community College of Aurora710 Alton Way, Denver, CO 80230 (303) 340-7093
Community College Of Denver800 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204 (303) 556-2600
Emily Griffith Technical College1860 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203 (720) 423-4702
Front Range Community College3645 W 112th Ave, Westminster, CO 80031 (303) 404-5000
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs2315 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (719) 632-7626
Metro Life Medical Education6990 W 38th Ave #100B, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 (720) 292-3203
MGA Academy1355 Garden of the Gods Rd #150, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (719) 418-7813
Northern Colorado Training Institute10190 Bannock St #100, Northglenn, CO 80260 (800) 276-0274
Nursing & Therapy Services of Colorado1130 W Woodmen Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (719) 574-5562
Pueblo Community College900 W Orman Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004 (719) 549-3200
Red Rocks Community College13300 W 6th Ave, Golden, CO 80401 (303) 914-6600
Technical College of the Rockies1765 US-50, Delta, CO 81416 (970) 874-7671
Western Colorado Area Health2938b North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81504 (970) 434-5474
Western Colorado Community College2508 Blichmann Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81505 (970) 255-2600