In the state of Wisconsin you can have a rewarding entry-level health care career working as a certified nursing assistant. Certified nursing assistant provide patients with assistance of daily living and provide basic care services.
Minimum Training Hours and Requirements
The federal government requires that all nursing assistant certification training courses cover at least 75 hours of training. The Wisconsin training program consists of far more hours with 120 total hours of training. At least 32 hours must be spent in clinical training. This provides prospective nursing assistants with hands-on experience. Students must complete at least 16 hours of training in the classroom before beginning clinical training.
Training programs must be approved by the Department of Health Services for students to be eligible to sit for the nursing assistant certification exam. The programs provide students with the knowledge they need to work successfully as a certified nursing assistant.
Transfer Your CNA certification to Wisconsin via Reciprocity
You might be able to receive nursing assistant certification through reciprocity if you were certified in a state other than Wisconsin. The Department of Health in Wisconsin takes applications for reciprocity. You must have a certification in another state that is still active and valid. You must be listed in good standing on the Nursing Aide Registry of the state where you are certified.
The state of Wisconsin will review details on your training and work history as a certified nursing assistant in your former state. They will ensure that you attended a state approved training program and that you have been employed as a nursing assistant or providing nursing related duties over the past two years. If you are accepted for reciprocity, you will need to take the certification exam for nursing assistants in Wisconsin but will not need to attend a training program.
An individual can transfer their CNA Certification to the state of Wisconsin by following these steps.
- Access the application to transfer your CNA certification to Wisconsin here: http://www.asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/075001.pdf
- You will complete section I-A of the Application by providing all personal data and answering all questions in their entirety.
- Complete Section I-B where your provide your CNA training information and to which you will attach a copy of your diploma from your nursing assistant training program or your transcript from college courses proving you have successfully completing basic nursing courses.
- Complete Section I-C by checking the box stating whether or not you have worked as a CNA and providing relevant information.
- In the final portion of Section I, you will sign and date your application.
- Submit Part I and II of your CNA license transfer to the CNA registry where you are currently listed as a CNA for them to process their portion of the paperwork.
- If your application to transfer your CNA certification is approved, you will receive your Wisconsin Certification within a few weeks. If your CNA training course from another state was approved, but you were not yet certified, you will receive the documents allowing you to sit for the CNA Competency Exam in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin State uses the Pearson VUE Registry System and can be contacted at:
WI Nurse Aide Registry
CNA Certification Renewal in Wisconsin
You will renew your nursing assistant certification in Wisconsin every two years. Forms will be mailed to you and must be completed and returned before your certification expires. You will verify that you have been employed as a nursing assistant or providing nursing related duties for at least a few hours over the last two years.
If you have allowed your certification to lapse, it will be necessary to schedule a certification exam again. Your license cannot be renewed until you pass both portions of the exam. You must not have any felony convictions nor any complaints against you by former patients in order to be able to renew your nursing assistant certification.