You can obtain your nursing assistant certification in Virginia by completing a nursing assistant training program, passing the certification exam and applying to be placed on the nursing assistant registry. You can also apply for reciprocity if you are a certified nursing assistant in another state. Sometimes you can also become a nursing assistant if you have a nursing degree from an accredited learning institution.
Training Requirements and Hours
You will need to enroll in a nursing assistant program that meets all criteria and requirements set forth by the State Board of Nursing. There are various programs that can be found throughout the state of Virginia. Many programs are offered at nursing care facilities. Other institutions of higher education also offer nursing assistant certification training.
You will need to attend a training program that covers at least 120 hours of training if you wish to become a certified nursing assistant in Virginia. You will spend some time studying in a classroom setting. Then, you will have some clinical training in a nursing care facility. You will work directly with patients and be under the direction of a registered nurse.
It is necessary to schedule the nursing assistant competency exam after completing your course. The exam will have a written and skills portion that you must pass before obtaining your certification. All prospective nursing assistants must also pass a criminal record background check before receiving certification.
Transferring Your CNA Certification to Virginia via Reciprocity
You might be able to waive the training requirements in Virginia if you have a valid nursing assistant certification in another state. This can be accomplished through the process of reciprocity. Reciprocity is not guaranteed. You will need to apply to have your nursing assistant certification transferred to Virginia. You can receive the necessary application through the Board of Nursing in Virginia at: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Nursing/nursing_forms.htm#CNA.
In order to qualify for reciprocity in the state of Virginia you must have taken a state approved nurse aide training program and passed a state competency test. See the list of states that have exceptions/additional requirements on the instruction page of your endorsement application. You must also be listed as active and in good standing on your former states registry. Your application for reciprocity will be carefully reviewed to determine if your work and training history from your former state is enough to allow you to forego the training requirements in the state of Virginia. Individuals who graduated from a nursing program are also sometimes eligible to waive training requirements and to become certified as a nursing assistant.
Steps for Transfer:
- Obtain an application along with instructions at: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Nursing/nursing_forms.htm#CNA.
- You must have already completed a CNA training program in another state and passed the competency exam. You will need to still hold a current CNA certification in a state.
- It is not necessary to submit a fee for endorsement but be advised that the state where you hold a certification might require some type of fee to verify your nursing assistant certification.
- Answer all questions on the application truthfully and in their entirety.
- Have the verification form notarized that grants the state where you hold certification to release the details of your certification to the state of Virginia.
- If you have ever had any criminal convictions, provide a copy of the conviction documents as well as proof that you have completed all requirements of your conviction. You will also need to write a letter discussing the circumstances of your crime and to submit references from former non-medical employers.
- The application must be submitted to:
Commonwealth Of Virginia
Department Of Health Professions
Nurse Aide Registry
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233
CNA Certification Renewal in Virginia
Do not forget that your nursing assistant certification will need to be renewed every twenty-four months. You will verify that you have performed nursing related duties during that time period. Forms will be mailed to you 60 days before your certification expiration date. You will need to complete the renewal form in its entirety and submit all requested documents along with the renewal fee to the address listed on the form. You are also able to renew online if you received an online renewal pin along with your renewal notice.
Q: I took my CNA class and passed it in 2009.. Can i go take the stateboard now? I’ve been doing homehealth for those years as well.. Can i still get a job as a CNA still?
A: You are required to take the state board exam within 2 years of completing the training classes and you have three tries within those 2 years. So, unless I have missed something, it would appear that your time has elapsed to take the certification exam. Depending on your state of residnece, you may be able to challange this rule since you have been working in the field without licensure since you completed the classes. Check with the state board of CNA in your state to see if this is possible. Good luck to you!
Q: I currently live in NC and I am getting ready to move to Virginia. I let my CNA certification run out in 09 and I would like to become a CNA once again in VA. I also have my Medication Aide Certification. What do I need to do in order to work in the state of VA with my Certifications? Also, since I am no longer a certified CNA in NC will my background be check in VA on the registry?
A: Since you have not worked as a nursing assistant in the last two years since your last renewal, your certification in NC is no longer valid. Since your NC CNA certification is no longer active, you cannot apply for endorsement in Virginia. You have two options available. The first option is to retake the CNA exam in NC and once again become certified. Then you can apply for endorsement in Virginia. Once your endorsement application is approved, you will obtain certification in Virginia without having to retake the nurse aide test in this state. The second option is to retrain and retest in Virginia. Once you complete your training, you can challenge the Virginia exam. If you decide to go with the first option and retest in NC you can contact them through Interactive Voice Response System to get a list of State Approved Test Sites at (678) 527-3010 (local) or (800) 414-4358.