Tired of working for minimum wage? Would you like to jump-start your future by getting into the healthcare field? Forget about the regular 9 to 5 office job which offers very little personal accomplishment. Why not take CNA classes in Kentucky and work your way towards a blossoming healthcare career? With a starting salary of $23,000 according to glassdoor.com, moving quickly up to $44,000 per year plus benefits, it isn’t hard to see why the demand for CNAs is up!

Kentucky CNA Training

Before you can become certified as a CNA, you will have to take the training. CNA programs have to be approved by the state of Kentucky and despite the variances in program duration the state has regulated a minimum of 75 hours of classes, 16 hours of which will be clinical training.

You are required to be under the supervision of a RN or LPN (registered nurse or licensed practical nurse) while you are conducting your clinical training, but the RN must teach the classroom component. The RN must have at least two years of experience before he or she becomes eligible to teach.

Beware of home CNA training programs or those programs that guarantee to get you trained and certified online. Only the CNA programs that have been approved by the state will get you trained and render you eligible to write the exam. In Kentucky, these training programs can cost you between $600 and $1,000, depending on where you take them and can be completed in as little as two or three weeks.

In order to get a detailed listing of CNA classes in Kentucky and training programs available in your area, you must contact Kentucky Health Choices at 502-564-5707 and ask to speak with Vicki Barber.

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Kentucky CNA Certification

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is responsible for administering your final exam to become a certified nursing assistant in Kentucky. This exam demonstrates that you have a good working knowledge of nursing skills and are well versed in areas like patient care, resident’s rights and emergency procedures.

There are two ways to take the exam. The first is by written exam and the second option is orally. The final exams can be taken at a wide variety of technical schools, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services locations or healthcare facilities.

Here is what you need to present to the evaluation proctor before you will be allowed to write the final exam:

  • A recent state of federally issued piece of photo ID. This can include a driver’s license or passport. The document cannot be expired.
  • Your original US Social Security Card. If the document is laminated, it is deemed VOID and cannot be used.
  • Proof of your eligibility to work in the United States.
  • All documents must include your full name, which must be consistent on all of your documents.

Your exam will consist of 75 multiple-choice questions and you must score at least 70% for it to be considered a pass. You must also perform at least 5 of the required skills with 70% accuracy as well. Within 30 days of successfully completing the exam, the KCTCS forwards your information to the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry so that you can be added. You will also be advised in writing of your results. You can verify your registration as a Kentucky CNA here.

Once you have passed your exam, there are two requirements that must be met in order to renew your registration, which needs to happen every 2 years.

  • The Certified Nursing Aide must have completed at least 12 hours of staff development.
  • The Certified Nursing Aide must have worked for compensation as a CNA for a minimum of 8 hours in the 2 year period.

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in Kentucky paves the way towards great successes in your life on both a personal and professional level. Working as a CNA is a respectable profession, ripe with opportunity. Get in touch with an accredited CNA training program near you today and start your classes to become a CNA. You’ll be happy that you did!

CNA Job and Salary Data for Kentucky Cities

Urban Area Employed CNA’s Hourly Mean Wage Salary Range 10% – 90%* CNA Employment Per 1,000 Jobs
Bowling Green 870 $11.00 $8.19 – $14.69 12.43
Elizabeth – Fort Knox 680 $12.80 $8.90 – $17.67 13.16
Ashland – Huntington 2,000 $11.80 $8.98 – $15.85 15.13
Lexington – Fayette 2,900 $12.71 $10.02 – $15.12 11.02
Louisville – Jefferson County 7,390 $12.67 $9.79 – $16.01 11.82
Owensboro 570 $10.75 $8.34 – $13.87 11.70
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CNA Training Class Locations in Kentucky (KY)

The following is a list of state approved CNA Training Centers in Kentucky:

Cities in Kentucky:

Ashland | Bonnieville | Elizabethtown | Glasgow | Hazard | Henderson | Lexington | Madisonville | Paducah | Pineville | St. Catharine

  • City
  • CNA Training Center
  • Street Address
  • Phone Number


Ashland Community and Technology College Nurse Aide Class

4818 Roberts Drive, Ashland, KY 41102


Hart CNA Program

7196 N Dixie Hwy, Bonnieville, KY 42713

(270) 531-3925


Elizabethtown Community and Technology College

620 College Street Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Bowling Green Technical College-Glasgow

129 State Avenue, Glasgow, KY 42141


Hazard Community and Technology College Nursing Assistant Program

101 Vo-Tech Drive, Hazard, KY 41701


Henderson Community College Nursing Assistant Course

2660 South Green Street, Henderson, KY 42420


Bluegrass Community and Technology College District CNA Program-Lexington

164 Opportunity Way, Lexington, KY 40511


Madisonville Community College-Health Campus

750 North Laffoon Street, Madisonville, KY 42431


West Kentucky Community and Technical College CNA Course Paducah

4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, KY 42002


Southeast Kentucky Community and Technology College-Pineville Campus

3300 South Hwy 25 East, Pineville, KY 40977

St. Catharine

St. Catharine College

2735 Bardstown Rd., St. Catharine, KY 40061