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Certified Nurse Aide

– Certified Nurse Aide

To be a successful Certified Nurse Aide you should…g_CNA

  • be caring, trustworthy, dependable and honest
  • be able to follow written and verbal instructions
  • be able to make good judgements
  • work well with a variety of people
  • have patience and communicate positively with people
  • enjoy working closely with people
  • work accurately and safely
  • like to learn new things

What will my job be like?

Certified Nurse Aides play a vital role in health care delivery by providing routine patient care. Working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), they respond to patient’s needs, and check blood pressure, temperature, pulse and breathing. CNAs also assist patients while helping them change position, walk, bathe and eat. They generally have a great deal of patient contact and are important members of the health care team who help to develop patient relationships that foster trust.


Where could I work?

Certified Nurse Aides work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Clinics
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Mental Health Institutions
  • Physician’s Offices
  • Private Homes

What is the average annual salary?

$32,195


What is the future of this career?

Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed in long-term care facilities.


What type of education and/or training do I need?

Training is available at many regional vocational technical schools (RVTS) and community colleges. It may be offered by employers and usually consists of at least 100 hours of lectures, demonstrations, and supervised clinical practice.


Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Bullard-Havens Regional Vocational Technical School, Bridgeport
  • Eli Whitney Regional Vocational Technical School, Hamden
  • Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport
  • Middlesex Community College, Middletown
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury/Danbury
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted
  • Norwalk Community College, Norwalk
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College, Norwich
  • Three Rivers Community College, Norwich
  • Tunxis Community College, Farmington

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

In Connecticut, Nurse Aides must be certified and registered on the Connecticut nurse aide registry.


Where can I get more information?

Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT   06134
(860) 509-7603
www.dph.state.ct.us/bhcs/nurse_aide_training/home