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Become a CNA in Kentucky

How to Become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Kentucky

The first pre-requisite to becoming a CNA in Kentucky is to gain acceptance into a nurse assistant certification program. This program must be approved by the Kentucky State Board of Nursing (KSBN). The program must consist of at least seventy-five hours of supervised education and procedural instruction with a minimum of sixteen hours focused on infection control and safety measures.


In addition, students must receive direct patient care experience skills. Most training programs last between four and twelve weeks in length. Admission into a CNA program may include:

  • Proof of identification and valid social security number
  • Proof of 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to read, write and understand English
  • A criminal background check
  • Good physical and mental health

After successfully completing a Kentucky CNA certification program, students qualify to take a state administered competency examination called the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Students must receive a score of at least 70% or higher to officially be deemed a CNA. As a result of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, nurse assistants must be registered in the state where they are employed in order to practice legally. To register, applicants should first visit the KSBN website and obtain a “Kentucky Application for Nurse Aide Registration” form. This form will ask applicants for personal information, a list of other states where registered, and any data regarding current investigation into any circumstances of neglect, abuse or misappropriation of patient property by the applicant. After submitting with form and receiving approval, the applicant gains active status on the Kentucky State Nurse Aide Registry and is eligible to practice nurse assistant jobs in Kentucky. Registration lasts two years, after which registration renewal is necessary to continue employment.


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