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Certified Nurse Assistant

To be a successful Certified Nurse Assistant you should…

  • 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 Assistants 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 Assistants work in:

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

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

According to the BLS, overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 192,800 openings for nursing assistants and orderlies are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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?

  • American Institute, Stratford
  • American Red Cross
  • Capital Community College, Hartford
  • Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport
  • Middlesex Community College, Middletown
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College, Winsted
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Norwalk
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson
  • Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
  • Stone Academy, East Hartford/West Haven/Waterbury
  • Tunxis Community College, Farmington
  • Valley Medical Institute, Bridgeport

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

In Connecticut, Nurse Assistants must be certified and registered on the Connecticut nurse aide registry. Please visit the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health website for more information.

Where can I get more information?

Connecticut Department of Public Health
(860) 509-7589