Connecticut CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Connecticut (CT)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

It is an all-CNA program in Connecticut, HHAs mentioned only as students in temporary work while getting qualified to sit for the CNA certification process. HHAs also can get private work in homes or under the supervision of an RN, but they are mostly in transition to become CNAs.

There are 150 accredited learning schools and venues such as assisted living facilities and skilled nursing rehabilitation centers in CT. The minimum program that they offer is 100 hours of training, most programs offering more than that. Of those hours, the state mandates that at least 16 hours be spent in RN-supervised hands-on patient care.

After passing the school certification, you sit for the state exam which consists of both written and practical, the written part consisting of multiple choice questions.

Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Must be citizen, National, or someone eligible to work in the U.S. same
Type of Certification You get listed on the CT Nurse Aide Registry, which is a registry maintained by the Department of Public Health. No certification required until you are ready for the CNA exam.
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as high school (or GED), training diplomas, and proof of eligibility to work as described above (form can be obtained through link provided below). N/A
Age There are no age requirements. N/A
Driver’s License No driver’s license required. Employer requirements apply.
Education Level No high school diploma required. Most employers will require a high school diploma.
Training hours & where 100 hours of classes at certified academies or community colleges, including at least 16 hours of practical training. Up to employer.
Competence Training At least 16 hours, per above N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. None required
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply
Fingerprints Fingerprints will be required same
Background checks State and Federal checks are made for all names listed on the application and going back 5 years in time. same
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos. Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? If you are licensed in a state that has an equal number of accredited training hours, then CT may ask you to just take the skills test. If you are licensed in another state as a CNA, then the same applies.
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the Department of Public Health in two parts, written, and practical. N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam.

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