Certified nursing assistants (CNAs), also known as state-registered nursing aides (SRNAs) in Kentucky, play a vital role on the nursing team. CNAs support licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) by assisting patients with their daily activities such as bathing, eating and using the restroom, sanitizing patient rooms, answering call lights and taking vital signs. Many CNAs use their role as a jumping off point to a career as an LPN or RN, learning about the nursing profession from this entry-level position. CNA training programs are quick to complete and less expensive than a practical nursing or RN program, which makes this role an attractive entry point to the nursing field. In Kentucky, CNAs earn an average annual salary of $23,880 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Choosing the Best CNA Programs in Kentucky

The first step in becoming a CNA in Kentucky is completing a state-approved SRNA training program. Then the student must pass a nurse aide competency exam before starting their first job. Training programs are offered at community colleges, vocational schools and at some medical facilities and nursing homes across the state, including in the larger cities of Lexington and Louisville. To learn more about admissions requirements for an SRNA training program in Kentucky, visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page.

  • Program Length: CNA training programs are quick to complete, taking on average between 4 and 12 weeks to complete. In Kentucky, SRNA training programs include a minimum of 75 hours of instruction, with a minimum of 16 hours of supervised practical training, which takes place in a laboratory or other setting in which the student demonstrates practical skills under the supervision of an LPN or RN.
  • Program Cost: The cost of a nursing aide training program varies from school to school. As one example of CNA training program costs, Kentucky Healthcare Training in Lexington offers an SRNA training program that costs $598.50 for the on-site program or $650 for the online training program in 2019. Not included in these costs are the required textbook, uniform, TB testing costs, and state competency testing fee.
  • Board Approved Programs: Each state has its own unique requirements for CNA training and certification, so it is imperative to select a state-approved training program. In Kentucky, the Kentucky Board of Nursing maintains the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry that CNAs must register with once they have passed the state's competency exam. For more information, check out the CNA certification requirements in Kentucky.
  • Online/In-Person Options: If you are interested in becoming a CNA but have a busy work schedule, family obligations or live far from the nearest training program, an online training program may be a good fit. While the supervised practical training component must be completed in person, some schools now offer the classroom portion of their training curriculum in an online format. These online training programs offer students the convenience of completing assignments from home and on their own schedules.

2022 List of CNA Classes in Kentucky

To get a feel for the CNA curriculum in Kentucky, see our list of classes and courses available in the state:

Ashland, KY

SchoolContact Information
Ashland Community & Technical College
CNA Programs
1400 College Drive
Ashland, KY 41101
(606) 326-2000

Bowling Green, KY

SchoolContact Information
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
CNA Programs
1845 Loop Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 901-1000
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-0111

Campbellsville, KY

SchoolContact Information
Campbellsville University
1 University Dr
Campbellsville, KY 42718
(800) 264-6014

Cumberland, KY

SchoolContact Information
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
CNA Programs
700 College Rd
Cumberland, KY 40823
(606) 589-2145

Elizabethtown, KY

SchoolContact Information
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
CNA Programs
600 College Street Rd
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
(270) 769-2371

Erlanger, KY

SchoolContact Information
St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center (SETEC)
3861 Olympic Blvd.
Erlanger, KY 41018
(859) 655-1636

Florence, KY

SchoolContact Information
Gateway Community & Technical College, Boone Campus
CNA Programs
500 Technology Way
Florence, KY 41042
(859) 441-4500
St. Elizabeth Florence
4900 Houston Rd.
Florence, KY 41042
(859) 212-5200

Ft. Thomas, KY

SchoolContact Information
St. Elizabeth Ft. Thomas
85 North Grand Ave.
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
(859) 572-3100

Greenville, KY

SchoolContact Information
Muhlenberg Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
3875 KY-181
Greenville, KY 42345
(270) 338-5460

Hazard, KY

SchoolContact Information
Hazard Community and Technical College
CNA Programs
1 Community College Dr
Hazard, KY 41701
(606) 436-5721

Henderson, KY

SchoolContact Information
Henderson Community College
CNA Programs
2660 S Green St
Henderson, KY 42420
(270) 827-1867

Hopkinsville, KY

SchoolContact Information
Hopkinsville Community College
CNA Programs
720 North Dr
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
(270) 707-3700

Lexington, KY

SchoolContact Information
Bluegrass Care Navigators
CNA Programs
2312 Alexandria Dr
Lexington, KY 40504
(855) 492-0812
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Cooper Campus
CNA Programs
470 Cooper Dr
Lexington, KY 40506
(859) 246-6200
Ky Healthcare Training
343 Waller Ave #309
Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 963-2901
Southside Technical Center
1800 Harrodsburg Rd
Lexington, KY 40504
(859) 381-3603

London, KY

SchoolContact Information
The Laurel County Center for Innovation
CNA Programs
1100 East 4th Street
London, KY 40741
(606) 862-5580

Louisville, KY

SchoolContact Information
Jefferson Community and Technical College
CNA Programs
109 E Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 213-5333
Kentucky Association of Health
CNA Programs
9403 Mill Brook Rd # 1
Louisville, KY 40223
(502) 425-5000
Spalding University
901 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 585-9911
University of Louisville
2301 S 3rd St
Louisville, KY 40292
(502) 852-5555

Madisonville, KY

SchoolContact Information
Madisonville Community College - Health Sciences Campus
CNA Programs
750 Laffoon St
Madisonville, KY 42431
(270) 821-1780

Morganfield, KY

SchoolContact Information
Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
2302 US-60
Morganfield, KY 42437
(270) 389-2419

Owensboro, KY

SchoolContact Information
Owensboro Community & Technical College
CNA Programs
4800 New Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 686-4400

Paducah, KY

SchoolContact Information
West Kentucky Community & Technical College
CNA Programs
4810 Alben Barkley Dr
Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 554-9200

Prestonsburg, KY

SchoolContact Information
Big Sandy Community and Technical College
CNA Programs
1 Bert Combs Dr
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
(606) 886-3863

Richmond, KY

SchoolContact Information
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 622-1000
Nurse Aide Education, LLC
CNA Programs
351 Radio Park Dr Ste. 2
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 624-4068

Simpsonville, KY

SchoolContact Information
Whitney M. Young Jr. Job Corps Center
CNA Programs
8460 Shelbyville Rd
Simpsonville, KY 40067
(502) 722-8862

Williamsburg, KY

SchoolContact Information
University of the Cumberlands
6178 College Station Drive
Williamsburg, KY 40769
(800) 343-1609

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