CNA Classes in Kentucky

Kentucky is known for its beautiful landscape, affordable housing, and healthcare.  This state is one to be considered when deciding to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.  As baby boomers are retiring, Kentucky has an increased need for healthcare.  Kentucky would be a great place to start your career in healthcare.

The great news is that Kentucky will allow a non-CNA to work up to four months while attending a state-approved program.  As a student you must pass all requirements by the end of the four-month period.  If for some reason you do not pass the state requirements, the four-month period cannot be renewed.

Kentucky CNA Certification Requirements

There are certain requirements that must be met in order to become a CNA.  Listed below you can find the requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Passing a background check
  • Have a minimum of an 8th-grade education
  • Demonstrated basic reading comprehension skills in English
  • Negative drug test
  • Negative TB test
  • Current immunization records

Kentucky CNA Training & Testing Costs

Some of the Kentucky CNA state-approved programs can take as little as three weeks to complete.  There are state requirements of 75 hours of combined classroom and clinical time that must be completed before one can take the certification exam.  The certification prepares students to work in skilled nursing, long term care and in hospitals.   

The costs for the CNA programs vary depending on the location and the facility.  The average costs of state-approved programs in Kentucky are between $600- $1000.  There may be additional costs to consider beyond the program.  Additional costs such as books, uniforms, and equipment such as stethoscope should also be considered when budgeting.  There are programs that are offered for free or with scholarships or grants to help with funding.  To see the available free programs in Kentucky, please follow this link.

Free CNA Classes & Nurse Aide Training Courses in Kentucky

There are many programs to consider based on location, length of the program, time of the program and costs.  Listed below you will find some of the programs that Kentucky has to offer.  Although we provide information here, you may want to contact the college or school direct if you have any questions.

Course ProviderCityPhone
Kentucky Nurse Aide RegistryHurstbourne(888) 530-1919
Golden Living CenterLouisville(502) 491-1528
Spalding UniversityLouisville(502) 585-9911
American Red CrossLouisville(502) 589-4450
RightChoice Healthcare Training InstituteLouisville(502) 974-2541
Kentucky Health Care Training InstituteLouisville(502) 458-4570 ext. 137
CNAOnlineLouisville(502) 221-7765
Owensboro Community & Technical CollegeOwensboro(270) 686-4400

CNA Training in Kentucky

Ashland Community and Technical College. ACTC offers a convenient two-semester program at the Roberts drive campus in Ashland. 

Kentucky Healthcare Training Institute. Tuition is less than the average cost at $475.00.  The program is flexible with payments, and the website has a lot of information to offer.  

Hazard Community and Technical College. HCTC is located in Hazard, Kentucky with a flexible schedule and payment options.  The great thing about taking a program with a community college is that some of the credits may be transferable.  If you have further questions, I would contact the college directly. 

Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, this program also offers a flexible schedule and flexible payment options. 

Additional Kentucky CNA resources

Once you have completed the state-required program you may find that you have further questions while on the job.  The best place to contact would be the Kentucky Nurse Aid Registry.  Please see below for further contact information.

Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry

To contact the New York Nurse Aide Registry use the information below:

Kentucky
NAR Lic. & Reg.
312 Whittington Pkwy #300-A
Louisville, KY 40222
PH: (502) 429-3347
FAX: (502) 696-3957

Out of State CNAs

Kentucky does recognize some states and will allow for reciprocity.  A valid ID is required, along with a clean background from your home state Nurse Aide Registry. 

CNA Renewal in Kentucky

You may renew your license every two years.  You will be required to have worked at least 12 hours within the two-year period.  Another requirement is that you must have met the continuing education hours.

How much does a CNA make in Kentucky?

On average a CNA in Kentucky according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics makes $12.88 an hour or $26,800 annually depending on the location and the type of work this amount can vary higher or lower.   For example, in some cases, a CNA that works in a skilled nursing facility may make a higher amount than a home health aide.