You can work in the healthcare industry proving basis nursing care (non-medial) to patients in Montana by seeking employment as a certified nursing assistant. Nursing assistants help patients with activities of daily living, monitor vital signs and help to keep patients comfortable and safe. You must attend a nursing assistant training course before you can sit for the necessary certification exam. Certification will be granted when you complete training and pass the test.
Training Hours and Requirements
There are various nursing assistant training programs throughout the state of Montana. You will need to enroll in and complete a program that has been approved by the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services. Training course must cover a minimum o0f 75 hours of training.
Both clinical and classroom training must be completed. Once a course is successfully taken and passed, students can sit for the nursing assistant competency exam. This exam will have a written and skills portion-both of which you must pass.
Nursing Assistant Renewal in Montana
You will notice that your nursing assistant certification is valid for two-years. It will be necessary to renew your license every two years in order to continue working as a certified nursing assistant. You will receive a form that you must complete when it is nearing time to renew your certification.
The renewal form will be used to verify your employment. All sections of the form must be completed. Any requested documents or fees must be sent back to the appropriate address along with the renewal form. You cannot renew your license if you have been convicted of a felony and other serious crimes. Contact the Nursing Aide Registry to determine what steps you must take to renew your certification if it has lapsed.
Certification Transfer to Montana via Reciprocity
The state of Montana does offer certification reciprocity with many other states. The Department of Public Health and Human Services will accept applications for reciprocity if you hold a certification in another state. Your certification cannot be expired. You must have worked at some point during the past two years as a nursing assistant or providing nursing related duties.
If for some reason your application for reciprocity is not accepted, you will need to enroll in a training program for nursing assistants through the state of Montana. You will also need to challenge the nursing assistant certification course and to receive a passing score.
The full procedure is as follows:
- Obtain the Interstate Endorsement Form by visiting: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/cna/index.shtml.
- Verify with the state where you hold certification that your certification is still active and has not gone inactive.
- Provide all information requested on the form including your name, social security number and states where you hold a nursing assistant certification.
- List your previous employers for which you have worked as a CNA for the past 24 months.
- Copy your nursing assistant certification card from the state where you are currently certified and submit a copy with your application. You can also request a letter verifying your active certification to send if you do not have a certification card. The letter must verify your license number and that you are currently certified.
- Submit the application and proof of your certification to the Nurse Aide Registry in Montana with a mailing address ofPO Box 202953 in Helena,Montana 59620.