3 Step Guide to CNA Certification

In three easy steps, we show you the path to earning your CNA certification. Get set up for success! We help you sift through all the information easily with an eye on your needs the whole time. Know what to expect and what to do. And all in 3 easy steps!

Before we Start – See the Benefits of CNA Certification

CNA Certification
As you can see above, there are tons of benefits to earning your certification. Currently, it is required that all nursing aides pass a licensing examination to earn their certification. You will have to pass the certified nursing assistant certification test, then get listed in your state’s nursing aide registry and you will become eligible for employment. Below we cover the three steps in depth.

Step 1 - Selecting Schools

Step 1 – Pick Accredited Certification Programs

The CNA certification process takes just 4-8 weeks to complete in most cases. Because of the demand for Certified Nursing Assistants in the USA, you can easily find multiple certification programs in your area and online. Before choosing a program, however, there are a few things to think about that can streamline your efforts.

Verify Program Accreditation

In today’s market of for-profit education, online education and the internet age as a whole, you must do your due diligence when selecting where you get your education. We help you out there by giving you access to accredited schools in our directory and recommend you check your school’s status regardless.

National bodies like the (CCNE) Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education have a list of programs with their accreditation. This will ensure that your education is up to industry standards and will set you up for a fair shot at success.. You’ll also find other state level agencies, organizations and other national organizations that provide over-sight too.

Online or Campus Certification Classes?

The are multiple advantages and disadvantages to earning a nurse aide certification online. The curriculum will be identical to what will be and is often covered in on campus in the “classroom” portion. But, other than that portion of your training there are no differences between them. Now if an online classes has worked for you in the past, then they will work for you now! If they are new to you don’t be scared off. It is a lot easier than you would think. The technology is very helpful and the communication is still not left out on any level. See our online course guide for more information.

Step 2 - Pass Certification Exam

Step 2 – Pass the Nursing Aide Licensing Exam

After passing your CNA program, you can then sit for the license test given to certified nursing aides and nursing assistants. See our map below for details on your state’s individual demands for certification.

You will need to fulfill all the required hours for your state, and sign up to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment test. For more information visit the NCSBN website or email them at nnaap_maceinfo@ncsbn.org.

There is a fee associated with taking the exam. The cost varies from state to state but is around a hundred bucks (but less in some states!). After passing the test you are next for step three to becoming a nursing assistant!

Step 3 - Get Listed on Registry

Step 3 – Get Listed in Nurse Assistant Registry

Like we stated above, each state has separate demands for certification. Our map has the contact information for each state’s registry and the required hours you will need to fulfill. The average state has about 140 hours of education and 80 hours of clinical training.

Now all you have to do is contact your state’s registry and register accordingly. The hardest part is done now and once you have fulfilled the required clinical training and pass the licensing test you will be on your way to a CNA Certification!

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