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CNA Training in Rhode Island

Comprehensive guide to CNA training and certification in Rhode Island

Start a new career as a certified nursing assistant

If you enjoy helping people and are interested in the healthcare field, then becoming a certified nursing assistant or CNA just may be the right career fit for you. There are many subtitles that fall under the broad category of CNA; orderlies, patient care technicians, and home-health care aides. As an orderly, you will administer the daily care of patients that are in hospitals. As a patient care technician you will help patients in an assisted-living facility, and lastly as a home-health care aide you will travel to patient’s homes to provide assistance with daily activities and medical treatments.


A CNA’s primary job function is to support the emotional and physical needs of their patients. It is quite a vital role and one that should not be taken lightly. Although quite a bit of the job responsibilities such as feeding, bathing, dressing and recording the vital signs of patients, may not seem as glamorous as other positions in healthcare, CNAs fill a key position because they are the ones who have the most contact with patients and potentially the biggest impact. CNAs are under the direct supervision of nurses and other medical staff, but they do have to use their own judgment quite often.

In order to become a certified nursing assistant in the state of Rhode Island, a high school diploma is not a prerequisite, however, there are other educational aptitude requirements interested candidates must meet. For example, in lieu of a high school diploma or equivalent, person(s) must be able to read and have math comprehension at a ninth grade level.

In the state of Rhode Island, those interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant must complete a state-approved nursing assistant course and pass the final examination that is required in order to obtain certification. The final examination also consists of two parts: a written portion that will test what you learned in the classroom and a manual skills evaluation. A background check is also required.

The training for CNA programs in Rhode Island is 100 hours long and must be completed within three months. Each program requires eighty (80) hours of classroom instruction and twenty (20) hours of clinical experience. The classes are taught by knowledgeable, skilled Registered Nurses (RNs) and often the instructor will exceed the clinical portion of training. Topics covered during classroom instruction are: basic nursing, patient care, emergency response, nutrition, interpersonal and communication skills, and infection control. Also, please note that Rhode Island does participate in a reciprocity program with other states as long as the training is at least 100 hours long and the subject matter taught is similar.

The average salary for a CNA in the state of Rhode Island is about $28,000. However, this can be less or more depending on where you live, your experience level, etc. Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of career advancement as a CNA, that is unless you choose to go back to school for more education and venture into registered nursing (RN) or practical nursing (LPN) or healthcare administration.



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List of CNA Classes in Rhode Island

Access Healthcare, Inc. Nursing Assistant Program – East Providence

702 Warren Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 438-4747

Alpine Nursing Home – Coventry

557 Weaver Hill Road, Coventry, RI 02816
(401) 397-5001

Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Center Nursing Assistant Program – Newport

435 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
(401) 847-7171

Bastien Academy Nursing Assistant Program – East Providence

120 Amaral Street, East Providence, RI 02915
(401) 369-9174

Berkshire Place in Providence

455 Douglas Avenue, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 553-8600

Brentwood Nursing Home CNA Program – Warwick

4000 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 884-8020

CCRI Center for Workforce and Community Education – Lincoln

1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865
(401) 333-7070

Chariho Adult Education VTA – Wood River Junction

459 Switch Road, Wood River Junction, RI 02894
(401) 364-3260

Comprehensive Educational Services, Inc. – Providence

807 Broad Street, Room 300-309 MB 21, Providence, RI 02907
(401) 369-8458

Consistent Care Corporation CNA Training Class – Jamestown

37 Clarkes Village, Jamestown, RI 02835
(401) 423-1060

Cranston Alternate Education Programs

4 Sharpe Drive, Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 270-8166

Crossroads Rhode Island – Providence

160 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 521-2255

East Providence Career and Technical Center

1998 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 435-7815

Exeter Job Corps Academy

162 Main Street, Exeter, RI 02822
(401) 268-6000

Golden Crest Nursing Center CNA Training Program – North Providence

100 Smithfield Road, North Providence, RI 02904
(401) 353-1710

Grace Barker Nursing Center – Warren

54 Barker Avenue, Warren, RI 02885
(401) 245-9100

Grand Islander Genesis Health Care – Middletown

333 Green End Avenue, Middletown, RI 02842
(401) 849-7100

Health Care Connections Nursing Services, Inc. – Riverside

425 Willet Avenue, Riverside, RI 02915
(401) 437-3515

Holiday Retirement Home, Inc. Nurse Aide Program – Manville

30 Sayles Hill Road, Manville, RI 02838
(401) 765-1440

Homefront Health Care CNA Training Program – Providence

725 Branch Avenue, Suite 214, Providence, RI 02904
(401) 751-3152

Homestead Group Nurse Aide Training Class – Woonsocket

80 Fabien Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 768-3600

Hope Nursing Home Care, LLC – Cranston

628 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 886-5642

International School for Health Careers – Providence

297 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
(401) 467-8420

Newport Area Career and Technical Center

15 Wickham Road, Newport, RI 02840
(401) 849-3608

Nursing Placement, Inc. – Pawtucket

334 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 728-6500

Oakland Grove Health Care Center – Woonsocket

560 Cumberland Hill Road, Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 769-0800

Ocean State Nursing Services, Inc. – Cumberland

3929 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864
(401) 405-3810

Overlook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Pascoag

14 Rock Avenue, Pascoag, RI 02859
(401) 568-2549

People in Partnerships CNA Training Program – Pawtucket

200 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 727-8002

Phenix Home Care, Inc. CNA Class – Cranston

227 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 943-6230

Pine Grove Health Center CNA Training Program – Pascoag

999 South Main Street, Pascoag, RI 02859
(401) 568-3091

Regional Career Center CNA Training Course at Coventry High School

40 Reservoir Road, Coventry, RI 02816
(401) 822-9499

Saint Elizabeth Home in East Greenwich

One St. Elizabeth Way, East Greenwich, RI 02818
(401) 471-6060

Scalabrini Villa CNA Training Program – North Kingstown

860 North Quidnessett Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 884-1802

Scallop Shell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Inc. – Peace Dale

981 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI 02879
(401) 789-3006

Silver Creek Manor CNA Training Program – Bristol

7 Creek Lane, Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-3000

South County Quality Care – Narragansett

14 Woodruff Avenue, Suite 7, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 789-8443

St. Antoine Residence – North Smithfield

10 Rhodes Avenue, North Smithfield, RI 02896
(401) 767-3500

Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Providence

100 Borden Street, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 454-7970

The Friendly Home, Inc. CNA Program – Woonsocket

303 Rhodes Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 769-7220

Tockwotton Home CNA Training Class – Providence

75 East Street, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 272-5280

Warwick Adult Learning Center Nursing Assistant Class

575 Centerville Road, Building 5, Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 734-3156

Warwick Career and Technical Center Health Occupation Program

575 Centerville Road, Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 734-3150

Waterview Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – East Providence

1275 South Broadway, East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 438-7020

Westerly Health Center Nursing Assistant Program – Westerly

280 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891
(401) 348-0020

William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School – Lincoln

50 Jenckes Hill Road, Lincoln, RI 02865
(401) 728-1500

Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center

400 Aylsworth Avenue, Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 767-4662

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Rhode Island CNA Certification Programs

Browse our list of Rhode Island schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly.

3 Steps to Rhode Island CNA Certification

1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program

2) Pass the Rhode Island CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the multiple choice portion and the clinical skills portion)

3) Pass the Rhode Island CNA exam within 24 months of completing an approved nursing assistant education program

Can I work as a CNA in Rhode Island if I am currently a CNA in another state?

You can apply for a CNA license in Rhode Island by way of reciprocity through the Rhode Island State Board of Nursing. If reciprocity is granted you will then need to apply to have your name added to the Rhode Island nurse aide registry list so that your license can be verified by employers.

Helpful Links for Nurse Aides in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Nursing
Rhode Island Nurse Aide Registry

Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
National Association of Health Care Assistants
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants