CNA License in Colorado

What You Need to Know about CNA Licensing in Colorado

Are you looking for a promising career in Colorado that offers plenty of job opportunities and room for advancement? Does working in the healthcare sector appeal to you? If so, training for a CNA position would be the perfect choice for you! This is a popular career in Colorado today, especially since you do not need to obtain a formal license to obtain employment in the field.

Certification Requirements in Colorado

CNA certification is loosely referred to as licensure on the Colorado Government website. However, CNAs in this state do not need to obtain licensing: they must, on the other hand, obtain certification. To do this, they need to complete a state-approved training program that includes at least 80 hours of instruction, and they must pass both sections of the Certified Nursing Assistant/Aide competency examination. Completing these two steps will allow them to apply for certification.

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. Scroll down to the list of professions and click on "Certified Nurse Aides." Next, click on "Professionals/Applications and Forms." This will take you to a page where you will find the link you need to complete and submit an application for an initial CNA certification in the state of Colorado.

State-Approved CNA Schools in Colorado

Although there are many excellent schools in Colorado that offer training for aspiring CNAs, the following facilities are some of the best.

  1. Aims Community College
    5401 W. 20th St., Greeley, CO 80634
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  2. Arapahoe Community College
    5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80160
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  3. Colorado Mesa University
    1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501
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  4. Colorado Mountain College
    831 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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  5. Colorado Northwestern Community College
    500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely, CO 81648
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  6. Community College of Denver
    1111 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
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  7. Emily Griffith Technical College
    1250 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80204
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  8. Front Range Community College
    3645 West 112th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80031
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  9. Lamar Community College
    2401 South Main Street, Lamar, CO 81052
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  10. Morgan Community College
    920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, CO 80701
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  11. Otero Junior College
    1802 Colorado Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050
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  12. Pickens Technical College
    500 Airport Boulevard, Aurora, CO 80011
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  13. Pima Medical Institute
    7475 Dakin Street, Denver, CO 80221
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  14. Pueblo Community College
    900 West Orman Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004
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  15. Red Rocks Community College
    13300 West Sixth Avenue, Denver, CO 80228
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  16. Trinidad State Junior College
    600 Prospect Street, Trinidad, CO 81082
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  17. Trinidad State Junior College
    1101 Main Street, Alamosa, CO 81101
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How to Verify Your CNA Certification in Colorado

If you or a prospective employer needs to verify your CNA certification, visit Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies website and click on "Verify a License." On the next page, you or your employer will need to input your full name, nurse aide certificate number and/or your address to verify your current CNA status in Colorado.

How to Renew Your CNA Certification in Colorado

All CNA certifications in Colorado must be renewed every two years in January during even-numbered years. You can do this online by visiting the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website and clicking on "Renew or Apply for a License." 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 so 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 applications can be found on the Colorado DORA website.

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 related to the field.

Colorado Board of Nursing

If you have any additional questions pertaining to CNA training requirements or certification in the state of Colorado, get in touch with DORA at:

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Division of Professions and Occupations

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-2430

If you are looking for a career in Colorado that is in high demand and pays great wages, you should definitely consider becoming a CNA in the state.