The license renewal for a CNA is discussed after this overview of the licensing process. In order to become a certified nursing assistant, you will need to enroll in and complete a training course. After passing the training course and completing all requirements, you will need to take the certification exam. There are two portions of this exam, both of which must be passed in order to receive your certification. Tests can be repeated if necessary for you to pass.
The CNA Exam
There will only be two sections of the exam. One section is referred to as the theoretical test; the other is called the clinical test. The theoretical test will test you on patient procedure, safety techniques, privacy issues and other information you learned throughout the course. This part of the test is a written exam with multiple choice questions. If you study your notes and exams from your course, you should be well prepared for the test. You can also find samples questions online that will help you to understand what you need to know for the written portion of the test.
You will then need to demonstrate three (sometimes four) or more clinical CNA skills for the examiner. This is your opportunity to show that you will be able to complete nursing assistant tasks when working with patients. It is often necessary to bring a friend with you who will act as your patient for the clinical portion of the test. The examiner will be watching you closely throughout completion of each task. Do not forget to do things like washing your hands and knock on a patient’s door before entering the room (even if there is no actual door and separate room in the testing area).
You will need to follow all instructions by the licensing board in your area in order to receive your license upon completing and passing the exam. You will need to pay for your examination and license. The cost will differ depending on the state where you live and can easily cost a few hundred dollars. Once you have completed all requirements to become a nursing assistant who is licensed, you will be registered with the nursing aid registry and employers can verify your certification.
CNA License Renewal
Your nursing assistant license is not good for life. The renewal will need to be done again on a regular basis. Many states will require renewal each year. In order to continue working as a certified nursing assistant, you will need to meet certain requirements as set forth by your state. Some states will make you complete a specified number of continuing education credits each year. You might also need to work in your field for a certain number of hours each year in order to be able to renew your license.
Shortly before it is time to renew your license, you should receive written notification from the licensing board. This notice should provide information on how to complete the renewal process. There will be a fee for renewing your license which will be listed on this paperwork.