You can work under the direction of professional nurses to provide assistance with activities of daily living for patients if you work as a certified nursing assistant. There is quite a bit that you will want to know if you plan to start a career as a CNA.
Required Hours and Training for CNA’s in South Carolina
Some states have non-certified aides who are allowed to provide some basic services in healthcare settings. However, an individual cannot be classified as a certified nursing assistant without receiving proper certification. To become a CNA, you will need to enroll in a training program for nursing assistants that has been approved by the state.
A state approved certified nursing assistant program in South Carolina will require at least 80 hours of total training. There will be classroom training as well as clinical experience under the direction of a registered nurse. You will need to sit for South Carolina’s certified nursing assistant program before being granted certification. You will be certified after you pass the exam.
Transfer CNA Certification Via Reciprocity to South Carolina
If you hold a nursing assistant certification in another state that is still valid, you might qualify for certification in South Carolina through reciprocity. You will need to apply to transfer your certification to the state of South Carolina. The state will review all of your credentials and experience from your previous state. They will determine whether or not you have reached the requirements to also be certified in South Carolina.
You can be approved for certification through reciprocity if you have an active certification in good standing through another state. If you are approved, it will not be necessary to complete training or a certification exam in South Carolina.
CNA Certification Renewal
You will need to renew your nursing assistant certification every two years. Your certification will reflect when current certification will expire. You will receive paperwork a couple months before your certification is set to expire. You will need to complete this paperwork in its entirety and submit it to the address provided to you. Other documentation and fees might be required as well.
Your most recent work history will need to be completed on your renewal form (some of which will be completed by your employer). It is necessary to have done some work for pay as a certified nursing assistant during the past 24 years in order to renew your license. If you work for a healthcare facility that is Medicare and/or Medicaid certified, the employer will pay any renewal fees.
Please keep in mind that you will need to sit for the nursing assistant certification exam again if you allow your certification to expire.