So, you’re done with your Certified Nursing Assistant Training from an accredited school and you’re eager to start working. What’s next? Do you really have what it takes to become a CNA?
Similar to other licensure procedures, everything you will need to know about CNA licensing is already mapped out. Securing a license is the final step in becoming a part of the fastest-growing and recession-proof industry in the world.
What You Need
Getting the right training from an accredited school is the most important requirement to get licensed. Since the work environment itself is strenuous and demanding, CNAs must be physically and emotionally fit and pass several health and physical tests in order to be qualified for certification. And just like in taking other licensure examinations, CNAs are required to have these mandatory requirements:
- High School Education – candidates must complete their high school education with passing grades in order to be eligible for a CNA training certification program. Transcript of records will be asked to provide proof.
- Age – candidates must be at least 18 years old and above.
- English Proficiency – since CNAs have direct contact with patients in a daily basis, they must be able to communicate and/or converse with patients in English. IELTS certification may be needed for non-native speakers.
- Competency – completed and passed a CNA training program from an accredited school.
- Upright citizen – must not have any criminal records and must be ready to be subjected to a background check.
- Peak health – must be physically, mentally and emotionally fit.
The licensing examination is administered by the state’s Department of Health. This exam will determine if candidates are fit to apply and work in healthcare facilities. It is composed of:
- Clinical Exam – All the things taught during clinical or practical training including the five basic skills will be asked to be demonstrated in front of the state examiner. Every action will be taken into account by the examiner, so candidates need to be careful.
- Theoretical Exam – Probable questions that will appear in the written exam can be accessed through sample or trial tests available online. Candidates must never attempt to take the actual exam unless they are quite ready.
But before taking the licensing exam, consider these steps first:
- Accomplish and notarize an application form from the State Health Department or Nurse Aide Registry website.
- Before sending to a specified address, attach the verification of training form as proof of CNA training completion from an accredited school.
- Send the form with your fingerprint card and medical clearance to the State Public Safety Department.
- Prepare and pay for the licensing fees. This may vary from state to state.
- Wait for approval from the Nurse Aide Registry, which may take 4-6 weeks. In other states, names and information are posted in their department of health’s official websites.
CNAs can actively practice their profession in their chosen state to work once they get licensed. Having a license is a fulfilling step towards a brighter future.