CNA License Requirements

There are a number of requirements that need to be adhered to for you to get your CNA License. You will need to complete a certified nursing assistant training course before you can take the examination for licensing.  The duration of your training course will vary depending on the training program you select.  Courses usually last somewhere form 3 or 4 weeks to six months.  Some training courses are more intense than other.  However, there will be minimum requirements for curriculum that each program must meet according to the state regulations.

There are several different requirements that you will need to fulfill if you intend to obtain your CNA license.  Some of the specifics might vary depending on the state where you live and the licensing requirements for that state.

·    High School Education: You will typically need to have a high school diploma or equivalent in order to qualify for a certification program.  It might be necessary to demonstrate that you completed some Biology courses or other particular courses as well.

·    Age: It is necessary to be at least 18 years old if you are going to train to become a certified nursing assistant.  You cannot even enroll in most CNA training courses unless you are 18 years of age.

·    Clinical Experience: You will need to have completed all required clinical training hours during your certification course before you become licensed.  It is usually necessary to complete at least 40 hours of clinical experience. During your clinical experience, you will need to demonstrate your ability to work well with patients.

·    Certification Exam: You must take and pass both segments of the certification exam before you can become a licensed certified nursing assistant.  There will be both a written and a clinical segment of your exam that will test the information you learned and skills you obtained during training.

·    CNA Training Transcripts: The licensing board will want copies of your transcript from the nursing assistant course you completed.  They will verify that you completed your training at a fully accredited program.

·    Criminal Background Check: A criminal background check on you must be completed before you can receive licensing.  Your fingerprints will also be taken to make certain that your prints do not match those of any of the federal criminal database.  It is important that you do not have a criminal record if you want to work as a certified nursing assistant.

·    No Wrongful Actions: It is imperative that you were never found guilty of neglecting or abusing a patient whether in a prior work setting or during your clinical training.  If you have ever committed wrongdoing, you will not be able to receiving licensing.

·    Good communication: You must be able to communicate well with your patients by having a good understanding of the English language.  It will be necessary to demonstrate your ability to speak well.

There might be other requirements for you to become a licensed nursing assistant in your state.  You will need to fulfill all requirements before becoming licensed.

14 Responses to CNA License Requirements

  1. kia May 6, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    can i get a cna license with a crimial record?

    • Admin June 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

      Hi Kia,
      You might need to meet your state registry personally for that. They just might allow that if your record isn’t harsh.

  2. anne July 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    I have an embezzlement record for reticketing a shirt. I didn’t even know it was a crime. Can I get my can license?

  3. jrris February 12, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    i just moved from another state and had taken the cna classes from there. I have all the paperworks to prove that i took the class and that i passed it. am i still able to take the test after a year of the class?

    • Admin February 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      Normally, you’re allowed a period of one year between the time you took the classes and the time you do the certification exam. You might want to contact your nursing board and see what their specific requirements are.

  4. Amanda March 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I took the CNA training course about 3 years ago, i recieved a supplemental award from the college saying i had completed the hours so i could take the test, but i wasnt able to take it then. Could i be able to take the test without having to re-do the class now with it being so long since i had the class?

    • Admin April 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi Amanda,
      You have two years after completing the training to take the test. It seems you’ll have to retake the training.

  5. Joshua September 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    I have drug convictions will that prevent me from getting certified

  6. katie December 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    hi i wanted to to kno if i can get my cna license if i adjudication withheld from grand theft back in 2009

    • Krishna March 4, 2014 at 12:48 am #

      I have a grand theft on my record from 2009 I wasn’t convicted and the judge dismissed the case. I completed my nursing class and submitted my application to take the state test I have to call them to make an appointment to take the test. So I’m waiting to see what they are going to say cause I know I failed my background check so I’m praying that they let it pass cause I invested a lot of money into this Field.

  7. Kita March 25, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    I have a charge of endangering the welfare of a child due to a D.U.I. incident, and i wanted to know if i would be qualified to receive a certification for a C.N.A. license?

  8. SarahHELP! April 7, 2013 at 4:07 am #

    i am 17 years old and i live in tennessee, but want to start classes in hunstville, alabama. Am i even able to start classes?

  9. Tamikka May 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    I have taken a CNA course in 2009. Can I still take the state exam or do I have to retake the course all over again?
    If not, are there any course that are 3 or 4 weeks long and online?
    Does California accept online courses?

  10. Annie August 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    Hi itook the CNA training and graduated 5 years ago have been working as a home health care worker for the last 5 years what do I need to do to be state certified to work in a facility or for an agency, hospital, etc?

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