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Hi all – today, we’re taking a tour of Mississippi. Here’s the downlow on everything you need to know related to becoming a CNA.

CNA Certification Requirements in Mississippi

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Mississippi state approved certification needs to be obtained. The Mississippi State Department of Health, Bureau of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification, requires all nursing assistants to complete training and the competency exam before they can be employed and listed on the nurse aide registry. Mississippi follows the federal regulations which allows a grace period of 120 days (4 months) where a nurse aide can provide direct care services while being in the training program.However, you must meet the requirements for training and testing within four months of being hired as a nurse aide.

Become a CNA in Mississippi

Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Mississippi certified CNA:

1. Enroll in a state certified school.

2. Complete the training. Take practice CNA exam(this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses).

3. Register to take the state CNA exam.

4. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs!

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of Mississippi, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. Mississippi CNA students must be at least 18 years old. CNA also must be able to pass a criminal background check and have up to date immunization records. Nurse Aide Training in Mississippi costs between $800 and $2,500. The pre-certification training requires a minimum of 75 hours of training.

Here are a few local CNA classes in Mississippi:

CNA Classes in Jackson:

Jackson Medical Mall/CNA Training Center (601)3641188

Search All Mississippi State Certified Nursing Training Programs

Search CNA Scholarships available in Mississippi (free CNA training available)

Mississippi CNA Testing

The written exam is comprised of 70 multiple-choice questions, which you must complete in 120 minutes. You can request the oral exam when you apply.  The oral exam contains 60 multiple-choice questions and 10 reading comprehension English questions to test your understanding of common English words.

The 25-minute skills evaluation tests your performance of 5 skills; hand washing and four other skills assigned at random. You must successfully complete all five skills in order to pass the exam. The nurse evaluator will expect you to perform the critical steps in each skill.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Written and skills exam – $101

  • Oral and skills exam – $101

  • Written retest – $32

  • Skills retest – $69

  • Oral retest – $32

Out-of-State CNAs

If you’re an out-of-state CNA, you can transfer your license to Mississippi through reciprocity. You’re eligible for reciprocity only if your prior training and competency requirements in your old state are in line with OBRA ’87 regulations.

  • Download and fill out the reciprocity application

  • Provide copies of your license, training and previous employment from the old state

  • You status on the old registry must be active

  • If your certification is in expired status, you will need to take the competency exam in Mississippi

  • The registration fee is $26

The DOH will disapprove your application if there are findings of neglect and abuse on your record.

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