You can start a career working as a certified nursing assistant in the state of Massachusetts through training or an application for reciprocity. Certified nursing assistants work in nursing care facilities and other healthcare facilities. They can earn as much as $15 per hour. Some nursing assistants earn more depending on their skills, years on the job and location where they work.
You cannot sit for the nursing assistant certification without enrolling in and completing a nursing assistant certification course. A training program must be approved by the Office of Health and Human Services. If it is not, then completion of the course will not qualify you to sit for the nursing assistant certification exam.
Training courses for CNAs in Massachusetts must be at least seventy-five hours. If the training courses do not reach 75 hours, then you will not be meeting state or federal regulations. Nursing assistant training programs provide you with the information you need to take both the written and skills portions of the certification exam. They also help you develop the skills you need to work as a nursing assistant.
Transfer CNA License to Massachusetts Via Nursing Assistant Reciprocity
It is often possible to transfer your nursing assistant certification from one state to the state of Massachusetts. This can be done by applying for reciprocity. If you are approved for reciprocity, the state of Massachusetts will waive any training requirements. You can obtain an application for reciprocity and learn more about the process by contacting the Office of Health and Human Services.
It will be necessary to provide verification that you attended a training course that was approved in your state of certification. You will also need to provide proof that you are still listed in active and good standing on the Nursing Aide Registry in the state from which you hold certification.
Exact Steps For Transfer
- Download the reciprocity application at: http://www.bostonredcross.org/pdf/NAT%20Reciprocity%20Form.pdf
- Carefully read the instructions and review all information that must be provided on the application.
- Answer all questions and complete all details requested on the application.
- Complete the section of the form that details your certification in the other state.
- Mail that section of the form to the state CNA registry where you currently have a certification.
- Wait to receive the verification back from the state. This letter will be mailed with your reciprocity application.
- Attach any other requested documents and your Photo Identification with your application and verification.
- Submit everything to:
ARC/Massachusetts Nurse Aide Program at 143 Main Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142-1530.
CNA License Renewal in Massachusetts
You will be renewing your nursing assistant certification every twenty-four months if you want to continue employment as a CNA. This is something to keep in mind. You will receive renewal forms before your certification expires. Look over the forms carefully so that you know what you need to do and what information you must provide to renew your certification. You will need to verify your employment providing nursing related duties over that time period.
You will need to be listed in good standing on the Nursing Assistant Registry if you want to be able to renew your license. You cannot have any felonies on your record and cannot have any complaints against you as a nursing assistant.