A career as a nursing assistant can be a rewarding career if you are interested in an entry level position in the healthcare industry. This career provides a good starting point if you intend to advance your career in the medical field.
CNA Training Programs in Pennsylvania
Before you can become a certified nursing assistant, you will need to complete a training program. The program must be one that is state-approved or else you will not qualify to take the certification exam or to work as a certified nursing assistant. Training programs must be a minimum of 120 hours of instruction. Some programs will be even more extensive. All programs include classroom and clinical instruction for nursing assistant students.
Completion of a nursing assistant training program will make you eligible to sit for the nursing assistant certification exam in Pennsylvania You will need to complete both the written and skills portion of the test (with a passing score) to receive your certification.
CNA Certification Transfer Through Reciprocity in Pennsylvania
You can apply to receive CNA certification through reciprocity in the state of Pennsylvania if you hold certification in another state. Contact the nursing aide registry in Pennsylvania to receive an application for reciprocity or visit the Pearson Vue website at: http://www.asisvcs.com/indhome.asp?CPCat=0639NURSE.
Complete Part I of the reciprocity form and forward the application to registry where you currently hold an active certificate. A list of state registries can be found at: http://www.asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/079960.pdf. Your former state registry will complete Part II and return it directly to Pearson Vue.
The Nursing Aide Registry in Pennsylvania will consider your application for reciprocity. If they approve your application, you will then be able to seek employment as a nursing assistant in Pennsylvania
CNA License Renewal in Pennsylvania
You are required to renew your certification every 2 years. You should receive your renewal form about 90 days prior to the expiration date of your certification. In order to renew your certification in Pennsylvania, you are required to work for pay as a nursing assistant for a minimum of 8 hours during the 24-month certification period. You must work in a nursing environment such as a nursing home, hospital or home health setting to renew your certificate. If you were self-employed or worked as a private duty CNA, it will not count toward the required hours of work for certification renewal.
Complete all sections of the recertification form and submit any necessary fees and documentation. Once your renewal is successfully completed, you will receive a new registry card in the mail. You can also renew your certification if it has expired in the state of Pennsylvania. You can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry managed by Pearson Vue at 1-800-852-0518 to find out how to renew your expired certification. They will provide you with the necessary forms and instructions for renewing your CNA certification.
Q: I had a CNA certification in New York but did not work for awhile because I wanted to be home with our children for awhile. My certification has lapsed. We are planning to move to Pennsylvania later this year. Would I need to become certified all over again when we move to Pennsylvania?
A: Pennsylvania does allow individuals to transfer an active CNA certification to Pennsylvania if they meet all requirements. One such requirement is that the certification be active in your state of certification. Therefore, you would first need to contact the Nursing Aide Registry in New York to determine how to renew your certification. Take the necessary steps to renew your certification so that it is active once again.
Q: If I am able to have an active CNA certification in New York again, then what do I do?
A: You can then contact the Department of Health in PA. They can provide you with an application to transfer your certification to Pennsylvania. There will be various information you must provide on the application as well as documentation that you must provide to prove you completed a state approved CNA training program and to provide proof of your employment history as well as proof that your certification is in good standing. Contact the DOH through Pearson VUE (handles CNA certification in PA) at PO BOX 13785 in Philadelphia PA 19101.