Refresher Courses For Certified Nursing Assistants

There might come a time when you allow your nursing assistant certification to lapse.  For instance, you will need to work at least 8 hours in a 2-year time frame in order to maintain your certification.  Some states might require even more hours of employment to maintain an active certification.  You might time take off from work for any number or reasons, thus allowing your certification to lapse.

The requirements for renewing a lapsed licensed can vary from one state to another.  Many states will require you to take a CNA refresher course if your certification has lapsed.  This course is intended to provide you with a re-introduction to the certified nursing assistant field if you  have not worked in the field for awhile.  The course is needed to make certain that you still have the knowledge and skills you need to work as a nursing assistant.  The length of refresher training programs can vary depending on the state where you live and work and the facility providing the course.

Before you read about refresher courses, check the CNA classes page for training programs in each state and the Free CNA training classes page for free training.

Where and How to Attend a CNA Refresher Course

You might very well receive or be able to receive information about how to renew your certification and details on a refresher course from the Nursing Aide Registry in your state.  If you cannot find the information you need, you can try to contact the Nursing Board to find out if they have any information pertaining to the recertification of certified nursing assistants or if they could refer you to the State Department that handles these issues for certified nursing assistants.

Courses can be offered in a variety of locations.  A refresher course must be approved by the state in order for it to make you eligible to obtain certification once again.  A training program is often offered at a nursing care facility.  This could be s skilled nursing home or even a continuing care community.  Sometimes other types of healthcare facilities also offer such courses.  You will find that some colleges and institutes of higher learning will also provide C N A refresher courses.

More About the Course

A CNA Refresher course will include a classroom portion.  There should also be some type of clinical segment provided.  This will provide you with the opportunity to practice your certified nursing assistant skills once again.  This is particularly important if you have not worked as a certified nursing assistant for quite some time.  The exact topics covered by the course can vary among states and even courses themselves.

There are various topics areas that are likely to be covered.  You will probably receive an overview about the CNA career as well as an overview of the duties and responsibilities of a nursing assistant.  You will likely learn once again how to protect a patient’s privacy as well as their dignity.  Communication skills should be practiced once again.  A refresher course should include information about infection control

The refresher course will help you to once again learn the basic nursing care skills that you will be using as a nursing assistant.  You will learn the ways to help patients with activities of daily living.  It is likely that the course will include training on how to provide end of life care for patients.  You will also learn how to provide restorative care services.

A refresher course will prepare you to once again work as a certified nursing assistant.  You will practice the skills that you might not have used for awhile.  Some states will require successful completion of the course only.  There might be some states or circumstances under which you need to also sit for the nursing assistant certification exam.

19 Responses to Refresher Courses For Certified Nursing Assistants

  1. Jamie July 27, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    I posted a question about a refresher course however another thought popped into my head. Is it possible for me to challenge the training and sit for the exam in the state of VA? I have worked in a home health setting though it was private. It was for a few hours a day for approximately 3 months less than 18 months ago. I only hesitate because it was for my friend’s wife suffering from terminal brain cancer who passed away not too long ago. I’m trying to get a leg back up and more recent experience on my resume to get back on track for nursing school. It would help if I can get back to work as a CNA. Thank you for any help you can provide!

  2. Joann December 31, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    I have a friend who has been doing private sitting for the last two years and need a CNA refresher course in Louisiana or is it possible for her to challenge the training and sit for the exam?

  3. Chanasha January 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Was wondering where in Albany,NY there would be a refresher course given. I’ve already been in touch with NYS Dept. of Licensure and they can’t seem to tell me?

  4. Kimber February 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Regarding the refresher course; How many hours towards classroom, and how many clinical

    • Admin February 28, 2012 at 9:28 am #

      It really depends on the training center offering it. Some courses last for a week while others last for just 3 days. The hours will vary, but most refresher courses cover the clinicals more than the theory part.

      • Edna T Preston January 15, 2023 at 12:31 am #

        I was a CNA , than I moved on to management, as a supervisor for Hspk/laundry. My certification was kept current as long as I worked in a health care. My certification number was 1933 in South Carolina, I’m back doing home health care. How do I get my certification back. Edna T Preston

  5. catherine October 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    hi, I just want to know if I can take a CNA state exam if i’m a BSN graduate. or what do i need to do to take a state exam in NY? or should I take a refresher course for cna? thanks

  6. Beatrice Cribb February 1, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    Hi, I was an CNA in N.C. til 1991, also a HHA, is there a refresher course or can I challenge the state exam in Florida?

    • Ann May 24, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      Yes lots of them

  7. rosita February 14, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Hi. I graduated Health Aide at the Philippines and received Certificate 4 years ago,March 9, 2009. I don’t have any experience related to the course. What should I do to qualify for Refresher Course here at Las Vegas, Nevada. I would really appreciate your help. Thank you for your time.

  8. jody June 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    How can I take a refresher course in the state of California. I live in Huntington beach. who do I call?

    Thanks so much for your assistance

  9. Tre July 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    I had my cna to lapse back in 2008 and I want to reinstate it back ASAP ! I am in Dallas Texas

  10. Amy August 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    I completed the required hours for the CNA course in 2006 at the local Community College. However, I did pass the course however, I never was able to pursue the licensure. As, my mother was diagnosed with Cancer and I became her primary care giver. I do hold a certificate but most employers require the license. I am confident that I will certainly pass the test but feel a little uncomfortable with the blood pressure skill. Can some please tell me where I might be able to go to just complete a quick overview of the clinicals? Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,


  11. tunisas September 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    I am looking for a refresher CNA class.

  12. Michelle December 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Need a CNA skills refresher class In the southern Calif area. I’m in need of renewing my certificate.

  13. Tylesha jones October 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    Pls I’m looking for a C.N.A refresher course in Victorville California.

  14. Catrina sanchez June 16, 2022 at 12:10 am #

    I took the cna class in 2001 and passed the class through the college but failed the skilled part. I know I have to do the writing and skilled again but is there anyway I can do the refresher course online and I’d like to know if the certificate through the college is still good or do I have to take the whole class over again? I would like to do the refresher course cause I haven’t done this work in a while.

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