CNA Classes in Rhode Island (RI)

To become a CNA in Rhode Island you need to pass an approved training course. You then need to take the CNA exam. In Rhode Island, the Department of Health work with Pearson VUE to conduct the exams and certify new CNAs.  All CNA testing in Rhode Island carried out under the control of the CCRI (Community College of Rhode Island).

To be Eligible

To be a CNA in Rhode Island, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Complete a physical test with a drug screen, a TB test and immunizations checks.
  • Have a GED or high school diploma.
  • Pass a criminal check, which has a check on felony arrests and fingerprints.

How to Apply

Most people will need to do an approved CNA training class before they can apply in Rhode Island.  Some people are do not have to do this training.  If you have either of these you do not have to do the training:

  • If you have nursing assistant certificate which ran out less than two years ago.
  • Nursing students who have done two clinical courses.

If you need to do training, then you must carry out at least 100 hours of CNA training. This is divided between at least 20 hours of clinical work, and the remainer spent in classroom lectures. The whole training course usually takes a few months.

After training, you need to apply for the certification exam. You can get apply  by contacting CCRI or through your training program. When CCRI get your form they will arrange the exam and let you know the date.

The exam is a written and a practical test. Students with testing problems can take the exam orally for an extra fee.

If you fail the exam three times you will have to do the training again.


The become a CNA in Rhode Island costs about $1000. If you have a job with an some facilities, they may pay for both your training and tests.

If you have to pay the cost, you can find all of the fees below.  Both Rhode Island and Federal laws state that if you are in Medicare/Medicaid programs, you do not have to pay the state fees.

  • Both practical and written testing: $199
  • Orally given written and practical testing: $99
  • Only Written retest: $30
  • Only Practical retest: $69
  • Oral retest: $30

Certification Renewal

  • You must renew your license once every two years.
  • If you do not renew, your certification, it will lapse after 2 consecutive years without renewal.
  • Your certification may expire if you do not continue working . You will need to provide prove paid work of at least 8 hours in the past 2 years in order to keep certified.

Traditional Classes Training Centers

School City Phone
University Of Rhode Island Kingston (401) 874-1000 Request Information
Silver Creek Manor Bristol (401) 253-3000
Alpine Nursing Home Coventry (401) 397-5001
Regional Career Ctr At Coventry H S Coventry (401) 822-9499
Cranston Alternate Education Programs Cranston (401) 270-8166
Hope Nursing Home Care Llc Cranston (401) 467-8588
Phenix Home Care Inc Cranston (401) 943-6230
Saint Elizabeth Home East Greenwich East Greenwich (401) 471-6060
Access Healthcare Inc East Providence (401) 438-4747
Bastien Academy East Providence (401) 369-9174
East Providence Career & Tech East Providence (401) 435-7815
Homefront Health Care East Providence (401) 228-8414
Tockwotton Home East Providence (401) 272-5280
Waterview Villa Rehabilitation And Health Care Center East Providence (401) 438-7020
Exeter Job Corps Academy Exeter (401) 268-6000
Wm M Davies Jr Career & Tech Lincoln (401) 728-1500
Holiday Retirement Home Inc Manville (401) 765-1440
Aquidneck Island Adult Learning Ctr Middletown (401) 847-7171
Grand Islander Genesis Health Care Middletown (401) 849-7100
South County Quality Care Narragansett (401) 789-8443
Crossroads Rhode Island North Kingstown (401) 294-7723
Scalabrini Villa North Kingstown (401) 884-1802
St Antoine Residence North Smithfield (401) 767-3500
Overlook Nursing And Rehabilitation Center Pascoag (401) 568-2549
Pine Grove Health Center Pascoag (401) 568-3091
Nursing Placement Inc Pawtucket (401) 728-6500
Ocean State Nursing Services Inc Pawtucket (401) 365-6194
People In Partnerships Pawtucket (401) 727-8002
Berkshire Place Providence (401) 553-8600
Hispanic Technology And Education Programs Providence
Chariho Adult Education Vta River Junction (401) 364-6869
Chariho Career & Technical Center River Junction (401) 364-6869
Health Care Connections Nursing Services Inc Riverside (401) 437-3515
911 Programs Inc Wakefield (401) 789-5486
Scallop Shell Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Wakefield (401) 789-3006
Grace Barker Nursing Center Warren (401) 245-9100
Brentwood Nursing Home Warwick (401) 884-8020
Ccri Center For Workforce And Community Education Warwick (401) 825-1214
Warwick Area Career & Technical Center Warwick (401) 734-3150
Westerly Health Center Westerly (401) 348-0020
Friendly Home Inc The Woonsocket (401) 769-7220
Oakland Grove Health Care Center Woonsocket (401) 769-0800
Seven Hills Ri Woonsocket (401) 765-0616
Woonsocket Area Career And Technical Center Woonsocket (401) 767-4600

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