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Caregiver & CNA Interview Best Practices

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Hi there Caregivers and welcome to our career training series. I’m Ruby and I’m one of the recruiters here at myCNAjobs.

Today, I’m pleased to talk about best practices when interviewing to help give yourself a leg up in not only getting a job offer, but the job offer you WANT!

I have the privilege of talking with hundreds of caregivers each month and learning what employers like, don’t like, and ultimately why they choose to make the hiring decisions they do.

So whether you’re watching this for your first caregiver interview or you’ve been a caregiver for a long time, my goal is to provide you with 8 quick tips to help you land the job you’re looking for.

 

Interview Tip #1: Develop Your Game Plan

Make sure you have all the logistics squared away before you leave for the interview. Know the address of where you’re going, how to get there, how much travel time you need, the parking situation, research the company website ahead of time to learn more about them, get an understanding of the documents the company wants you to bring to an interview, and lastly, know whom to ask for when you arrive.

 

Interview Tip #2: Get Your Documents Ready

With all caregiver jobs, you can get to work most quickly by coming prepared to the interview with a few key documents. Gather everything you can and bring it to your initial interview.  Here is a list of the most common requested documents

  • A Driver’s license or state ID

  • Your CNA or HHA license if you have one — some companies prefer to make a copy of your original certificate

  • An additional ID for your I9 Paperwork such as a passport or social security card

  • TB testing documents

  • And bring along any training or certifications that you have obtained while working as a caregiver — thing like CPR Certification, First Aide Certification, and certificates from any ongoing CEUs you may have completed

  • If you don’t have any formal training,you can take the free training courses on myCNAjobs.com and print those certificates to bring along to an interview as well

And bring two copies of your resume, which brings me to interview tip #2

 

Interview Tip #3: Update Your Resume

The power of a good resume cannot be underestimated. Here are a few things that you want to include in a well written resume

  • Your full name, a professional email address, and your mailing address
  • All of your work history — but keep your resume to no more than 2 pages and ideally 1 page is best. It’s best to show little or no gaps between jobs. If you have gaps in work, be prepared to explain how you were progressing your career during those times.  If you don’t have a lot of experience working as a caregiver or CNA, list personal caregiver experience if you have it — any experience that can show how you’ve cared for others can be helpful in highlighting why you’d make a great caregiver for a company.
  • Outline your education including a GED, HS diploma, and any college or healthcare training certificates that you have obtained, including the name of the school and date you graduated
  • Create a skills section outlining specific skills that are relevant to being a caregiver. Things like: CPR training, hoyer lift experience, being bi-lingual, the ability to cook diabetic friendly meals, or experience bathing a senior. A strong list can help an employer understand exactly what you know how to do today for their clients and patients.
  • And lastly, a good resume includes 4 to 5 strong references. The best references are past employers or clients that can speak to your work.  All references should include the references full name, phone, email, and a brief outline of how you know the person.

Once you have a resume in place, have someone review it to ensure there are not any spelling or grammatical errors. Then, print two copies and go to your interview prepared to talk through it. If you want more resume advice, there are free resources available at myCNAjobs.com.

 

Interview Tip #4: Arrive 5 to 10 Minutes Early

Arrive to the interview 5 to 10 minutes early. Companies tell us that many caregivers arrive a late for an interview and it turns them off. Many companies rely on caregivers to care for their clients in their homes or in a facility setting, meaning that getting someplace on time is critical in providing great care. So, show up 5 to 10 minutes early and wait in the parking lot if you’re earlier than this. It’s also bad to be too early. Map out directions the night before and always check traffic so you allow enough time to commute.  When you arrive, indicate that you excited to be interviewing and let the receptionist know who you’ll be meeting with. Be sure to be warm and kind to everyone you meet — this is your opportunity to shine and make a first impression.

 

Interview Tip #5: Let The Team Know You’re Excited To Be There

When the interview starts, let the interviewer know that you’re excited to be there. Share that you have researched their company and you’re happy to learn more about their opportunities. Ensure that the employer gets to know you, your background, and what you can bring to the table before you start diving into your questions.

 

Interview Tip #6: Show Your Passion

Answer each question to the best of your ability, honestly, and show your passion.  It’s important to talk about why you got into caregiving, why you are choosing this as a career, and why you think you’d be a great candidate for the job. Employers want to hire caregivers that a have a true passion for the industry. Sometimes interviews can be stressful and your passion for what you do can get buried. It’s important to show your excitement about caring for seniors and to come prepared with stories of how and why you feel you can positively impact a seniors life through your work.

 

Interview Tip #7: Ask Questions

Towards the end of the interview, ask if it’s okay for you to ask a few questions so you can learn more about the company. Here are a few good questions to ask:

  1. There are a lot companies in the area that do what you do — how are you different?
  2. How long do your caregivers typically stay on board with you? It’s important for me to find a company where I can stick around for awhile.
  3. Can you share details on your starting wage, opportunities to grow wages, and your benefits package?
  4. Do you have any clients or patients right now that you feel I’d be a good fit for?
  5. What are the next steps in the hiring process?

 

Interview Tip #8: Say Thank You

When you leave the interview, say thank you! Let the interviewer that you appreciate their time. And always remember to get the business cards of everyone you meet with. After the interview, drive straight to a computer and send a follow-up email! You’re much more likely to get hired and get the cases you want with a prompt follow-up message. Companies love this and it shows your commitment.

 

Well that’s it folks. Thanks for attending our session today. If you want more tips on how to become a caregiver or take your career to the next level, you can find additional videos and resources on myCNAjobs.

Until next time – best of luck in your job search!

Mississippi CNA Exam and Certification

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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.

Looking for more great insight? Visit:

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New Hampshire CNA Exam and Certification

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

CNA Certification Requirements in New Hampshire

In order to work at any facility as a CNA (otherwise known as an CNA), a New Hampshire state approved certification needs to be obtained. In the state of New Hampshire, at least 75 hours of clinical and lecture training is required. Once completed there is a state exam that tests your ability to take care of a patient. When you become a Certified Nursing Assistant,  you’ll then be placed on the Health Care Worker registry. To get hired by many companies, you’ll need to be registered here.

Become a CNA in New Hampshire

Want to become a New Hampshire certified CNA? Here’s how:

  1. Enroll in a state certified school (you can search CNA school throughout New Hampshire via the CNA school directory)

  2. Complete the CNA training

  3. Take practice CNA exam (this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses)

  4. Register to take the state CNA exam

  5. Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs to work as a certified nursing assistant!

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of New Hampshire, you’ll need to understand, read and speak English and have a naturally compassionate nature. Programs require for you to be at least 16 years old, able to pass a background check, have a medical exam, and have proof of immunization as well as government-issued ID card. An individual can work as a CNA while waiting for the state exam for up to 120 days. CNA training program costs can range from $200 and up.

If you are a current RN, LPN or have a CNA certification within a different state you are able to simply take the CNA exam without training.

Here are a few local CNA classes in New Hampshire:

CNA classes in Manchester

LNA Health Careers – 603-647-2174

Search all New Hampshire State Certified Nursing Training Programs

Search CNA Scholarships available in New Hampshire (free CNA training available)

NH CNA Testing

CNA training includes a written competency test as well as a skills evaluation test. You can take this test after completion of CNA classes. New Hampshire’s Board of Nursing has three approved competency testing agencies: Pearson Vue, Excel Testing, and the American Red Cross. The written exam contains 70 multiple-choice questions written in English. Candidates have 120 minutes to complete all questions. If you have difficulty reading English, you can request the oral exam at the time of application. The oral exam contains 60 multiple choice test questions and 10 multiple choice questions that test your understanding of common English words.For the skills assessment, your performance will be rated on the completion of five (5) skills. One of the skills will be Hand washing, and the remaining four will be assigned at random from the list of nursing assistant skills.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Skills and written test – $105.00

  • Skills and oral test – $120.00

  • Skills retest – $65.00

  • Written retest – $40

  • Oral test – $55.00

  • Reschedule fee – $30

For questions related to scheduling and testing contact:

New Hampshire registry

Phone: (603) 271-6282 or (603) 271-2323

License Verification: (603) 271-6599

Fax: (603) 271-6605

Out-of-State CNAs

Out-of-state CNAs are allowed to apply for inclusion on the Health care Workers Registry if in good and active standing on another state registry. You can apply for inclusion on the NH Registry through endorsement.The steps for endorsement are as follows:

  • Obtain fingerprint and criminal background check

  • Download and fill out the application for endorsement

  • Provide copies of the nurse assistant training and certification

  • Provide proof of at least 200 hours of nurse assistant service within two years prior to the application.

CNA Nurse Registry

New Hampshire Nurse Aide Registry

New Hampshire Board of Nursing

21 South Fruit Street, Suite 16, Concord, NH 03301

Looking for more great insight? Visit:

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Oregon CNA Exam and Certification

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

CNA Certification Requirements in Oregon

In order to become a nurse aide in Oregon the nurse aide must complete a state-approved training program, pass the state nurse aide competency, and meet all the other requirements for certification to continue working as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Become a CNA in Oregon

Want to become an Oregon certified CNA? Here’s how:

1.Enroll in a state certified school (you can search CNA school throughout Oregon via the CNA school directory)

2.Complete the CNA training

3.Take practice CNA exam (this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses)

4.Register to take the state CNA exam

5.Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs to work as a certified nursing assistant!

Local CNA Training Classes

  • 16 years or older

  • High school diploma or GED (recommended)

  • minimum of 80 hours of classroom and 75 hours of clinical training for CNA I certification.

  • Graduating from a state-accredited training program does not imply automatic state certification – students must first pass the state’s written and skills exam with a grade of 75 percent or more to obtain a listing on the registry.

  • Community colleges and private institutions account for more than 75 percent of the programs approved by the OSBN. The cost of training at these institutions is approximately $1000, but there will be associated costs such as reading tests, lab fee, textbook, CPR certification, uniform, certification fee and other costs. Unlike other states, Oregon has several approved online programs, which have variable costs.

-Fingerprinting, immunization, and a drug screen may be required for clinical placement.

Here are a few local CNA classes in Oregon:

CNA Classes in Portland

Portland Community College (971)722-6111

Caregiver Training Institute  (503) 2570117 ext.104

Clackamas Nursing Assistant Training (503)709-6560

CNA Classes in Eugene

Lane Community College (541) 463-3000

CNA Classes in Gresham

Mt Hood Community College (503)491-6422

Search all Oregon State Certified Nursing Training Programs

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

OR CNA Testing

The OSBN has approved Headmaster, LLP to administer and score the nurse aide competency exam in which you will need:

  • A fingerprint-based criminal background check (non-refundable)

  • Training program certificate of completion (non-refundable)

  • CNA certification fee

Oregon gives nurse aides the option of written or computerized tests. If you are a first time tester, you  must take the written and skills test on the same day. The test comprises of:

  • 80 multiple choice questions ( must complete in 90 minutes or less)

  • The test evaluates your knowledge in specific areas, including communication, infection control, patient safety, disease process, basic nursing skills, mental health, personal care, client rights and care for impaired persons

You’ll have to perform one of the four mandatory tasks:

  • Perineal Care with Hand Washing

  • Bed Pan and Output with Hand Washing

  • Catheter Care with Handwashing

  • Gown and Gloves, Emptying a Urinary Drainage Bag with Hand Washing

Another two or three tasks will be selected at random from the Skills List – found in your course textbook or the Candidate Handbook

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Reactivation by exam – (knowledge and skills tests) – $106

  • Oral skills exam – $35 (additional)

  • Written and skills initial exam – $106

  • Knowledge retest – $25

  • Skills retest – $45

  • Knowledge and skills retest – $70

For questions related to scheduling and testing contact The Oregon State Board of Nursing using the following information:

Out-of-State CNAs

Out-of-state CNAs can transfer their certification to Oregon by way of endorsement if they’re in active status with their home state. Following are the requirements for endorsement:

  • You must provide proof of completing a training program, according to OBRA standards

  • Provide proof of at least 400 hours of paid employment as a CNA under the supervision of a nurse

  • Complete a criminal background check

  • Verification from the nurse aide registry in your home state (if your licensed is expired, you won’t be eligible for endorsement)

  • Submit the endorsement application along with the required documents.

CNA Nurse Registry

Oregon State Board of Nursing

17938 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97224-7012

Email: oregon.bn.info@state.or.us

Phone: 971-673-0685

Fax: 971-673-0684

Looking for more great insight? Visit:

Local CNA Jobs in Oregon

Rhode Island CNA Exam and Certification

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

CNA Certification Requirements in Rhode Island

In order to become a nurse aid in Rhode Island you must complete state-approved nurse aide training programs. The state will then test your knowledge and evaluate your skills via the competency evaluation. Nurse aides who pass both the written and skill components receive their license to work and a listing on the Rhode Island Nurse Aide Registry.

Become a CNA in Rhode Island

Want to become an Oregon certified CNA? Here’s how:

1.Enroll in a state certified school (you can search CNA school throughout Rhode Island via the CNA school directory)

2.Complete the CNA training

3.Take practice CNA exam (this step is optional and may be included within certain CNA courses)

4.Register to take the state CNA exam

5.Once you pass the exam, apply for desired  jobs to work as a certified nursing assistant!

Local CNA Training Classes

  • Pass the training program’s entrance evaluation if you don’t have a high school diploma

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Criminal background clearance

  • Up-to-date immunization records

  • Negative TB and drug tests

  • Physical exam report prepared by a physician

Here are a few local CNA classes in Rhode Island:

CNA Classes in Providence

Home Health Care (401) 751-3152

CNA Classes in Riverside

Bastien Academy (401) 369-9174

Search all Rhode Island State Certified Nursing Training Programs

Search CNA Scholarships available in Rhode Island (free CNA training available)

RI CNA Testing

The Rhode Island Competency exams is administered by Pearson Vue – the administering body for the state exam. The exam will test your knowledge and competency skills, and you must pass both components in order to obtain your license. The two-part test consists of a written examination and skills evaluation both administered on the same day.

The skills evaluation tests your skills in a mock-healthcare setting. The center provides all the equipment to perform the assigned tasks, and you must complete all 5 skills within the allotted time. The testing center selects 4 skills at random and will ask you to demonstrate your hand washing techniques (for the fifth skill).

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Written and Skills Evaluation – $99

  • Oral and Skills Evaluation – $99

  • Written Exam re-tests – $30

  • Oral Exam re-tests – $30

  • Skills Evaluation re-tests – $69

For questions related to scheduling and testing contact Pearson Vue using the following information:

Address:

36 Hemingway Dr, East Providence, RI 02915

Phone: (401) 434-4510

Website : https://home.pearsonvue.com/

Out-of-State CNAs

Out-of-state CNAs can obtain a license to work in Rhode Island through reciprocity. To transfer your license you need too:

  • Visit the Department of Health and download the application form

  • Submit proof of your certification. The training in your home state must cover at least 100 hours of training.

  • Apply for a criminal background check at the RI office of the Attorney General

  • Get the application notarized and submit it with a passport sized photo and the $40 transfer fee to the registry

CNA Nurse Registry

Rhode Island Nurse Aide Registry

Rhode Island Department of Health Professionals

3 Capitol Hill, Room 105, Providence, RI 02908

Phone: (401) 222-5888

Fax: (401) 222-3352

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Local CNA Jobs in Rhode Island

Vermont CNA Exam and Certification

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

CNA Certification Requirements in Vermont

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Vermont state approved certification needs to be obtained. Vermont let’s nurse assistants work for a period of 4 months, without a license while pursuing training and state certification. The 4-month period is non-renewable, so you must successfully pass the state exam during this initial period. Nursing students (enrolled in state-approved programs), foreign nurses, and military-trained personnel can apply directly to the Board for exemption from training and take the state certification exam for placement on the registry.

Become a CNA in Vermont

Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Vermont 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 Vermont, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. A high school diploma is not required to enroll in most CNA training programs. However, the school reserves the right to request a copy of your high school transcript or GED equivalent. Many schools will administer a pre-enrollment exam before admission to evaluate your reading, comprehension, and basic math skills. You must be at least 16 years old, pass a criminal background check, and attend a mandatory information session before classes begin. Vermont’s Board of Nursing approved training programs provide at least 75 hours of training divided into classroom and hands-on lab and work in a clinical setting. The tuition at Vermont’s colleges, universities, and private institutions costs an average of $650.

Here are a few local CNA Training Classes

CNA Classes in Saint Albans

Northwest Technical Center: (802) 527-0614

CNA Classes in Essex Junction

The Center of Technology, Essex: (802) 879-5558

CNA Classes in Burlington

Birchwood Terrace Healthcare: (802) 863-6384

Search All Vermont State Certified Nursing Training Programs

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

Vermont CNA Testing

Pearson Vue administers the two-part nurse aide competency evaluation to Vermont’s candidates. First-time testers must take both components of the exam, written (or oral) and skills evaluation, on the same day. Candidates have up to two years after training or three attempts to pass the exam for placement on the registry. The written exam contains 70 multiple-choice questions written in English. If you have difficulty reading English, you can request the oral exam. The oral exam contains 60 multiple-choice questions and 10 reading comprehension questions to test your understanding of common English words. The duration of the written exam is 2 hours.

The second part of the exam is the 30-minute skills evaluation tests your performance of 5 nurse assistant skills; handwashing and 4 others selected at random. You must perform the critical steps in each skill in order to pass the exam.

Vermont Certification Costs

  • Written and skills exam – $130

  • Oral and skills exam – $130

  • Written retest – $35

  • Skills retest – $95

  • Oral retest – $33

  • Application fee – $20

Out-of-State CNAs

If you wish to transfer your license to Vermont, you must complete an application for endorsement.

  • Download and fill out the application for endorsement

  • Pay the application fee of $20

  • Provide copies of your initial CNA license

  • Ask your old registry to complete the applicable parts of the application and submit directly to Vermont’s registry

  • Provide a copy of your ID and a 2×2 photo

Note: If there are findings of abuse or neglect on your record, the registry will deny your application for transfer.

Contact the Registry:

Vermont Nurse Aide Registry

Vermont State Board of Nursing

Heritage Building, 81 River Street, Montpelier, VT 05609

Phone: (802) 828-2819

Alt: (802) 828-2453

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Utah CNA Exam and Certification

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

CNA Certification Requirements in Utah

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Utah state approved certification needs to be obtained. Utah Certified Nurse Aides have to successfully complete the state’s Nursing Assistant Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP). After graduating from the program, they take and are required to pass the state examinations and secure placement on the UNAR. Only state certified nurse aides can work at hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and assisted living facilities to provide direct care to patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Become a CNA in Utah

Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Utah 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 Utah, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. A high school diploma or GED is not required, but it is highly recommended. Utah Nurse Aids must be at least 16 years old, pass a criminal background check, and have proof of immunization. Expect training to last 3 to 6 weeks based on the school and their schedule.  You can sign up for training at nursing homes, high schools, community colleges and private medical education programs. Training is valid for one year; you must complete testing within one year of your training, or you’ll have to complete another program. The average cost of nurse aide training in Utah is $400 for tuition only.

Here are a few local CNA Training Classes

CNA Classes in Tooele

Tooele Applied Technology College: (453) 248-1800

CNA Classes in Salt Lake City

An Act of Caring:  (801) 598-8370

CNA Classes in Midvale

CNA Utah: (801) 968-2262

Search All Utah State Certified Nursing Training Programs

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

Utah CNA Testing Fees

  • Written and Skills Evaluation – $75

  • Written Exam re-tests – $35

  • Skills Evaluation re-tests – $40

Out-of-State CNAs

If you’re an out-of-state CNA, you may be eligible to transfer your certification to Utah.

  • Download the application form on the nurse aide registry site

  • Fill out the application and submit it with the $10 application fee

  • The training program in your home state must be equivalent to Utah’s training requirements

  • Your listing on the out-of-state registry must be in active status

  • Felonies and reports of abuse, misbehavior or neglect will disqualify your request for transfer

Contact the Registry:

Utah Nurse Aide Registry

Utah Health Technology Certification Center

550 East 300 South, Kaysville, UT 84037

Phone: (801) 547-9947

Fax: (801) 593-2400

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Maryland CNA Exam and Certification

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

CNA Certification Requirements in Maryland

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Maryland state approved certification needs to be obtained. Maryland is one of a few states that have progressive programs for new CNAs. When CNAs take these specialty programs, they give CNAs advanced skills that will increase their income earning potential. Federal law permits these additional certifications, and once they are completed, each certification is listed on the CNA certification card. If you’re a certified nurse aide and care for older adults at a licensed facility, you must obtain GNA certification. The Susquehanna Red Cross administers the GNA exam. Once passed they give the names of successful examinees to the Maryland Board of Nursing Board. According to Federal law, if a CNA wants to work in a licensed home health agency, then all CNAs must obtain HHA certification. To be able to administer medicine to patients at a care facility, a CNA must obtain a CMA certification, and If you plan to work at a dialysis units in Maryland, you must complete the CNA-DT program. You can complete this program at any Board of Maryland-accredited institutions.

Become a CNA in Maryland

Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Maryland 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!

5. Starting working on other Certifications

Local CNA Training Classes

In order to attend CNA training in the state of Maryland, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. A high school diploma is not necessary, but it is recommended. Some institutes will administer a reading, math and English proficiency tests as part of the application process, and you must be 18. You must also be able to pass a criminal background check and have proof of immunizations. The state of Maryland mandates a minimum 100 hours for CNA training alone. The cost of training programs in Maryland ranges between $600 and $2000.

Here are a few local CNA Classes in Maryland

CNA Classes in Baltimore

Baltimore City Community College: (410) 986-3207

It Works Learning Center, Inc: (410) 626-0200

CNA Classes in Randallstown

Columbia Nursing Assistant Academy, Inc: (410) 701-7415

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Maryland CNA Testing

The state mandated minimum for Maryland training programs is 100 hours for CNA training alone. All programs must allocate a minimum 40 hours for the clinical component of the program.

Training is available through several colleges and universities, high schools, technical colleges, hospitals, nursing homes and other freestanding programs. It is important that you refer to the Maryland Board of Nursing’s list of approved programs before enrolling in any course because you will not receive credit for non-recognized training.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

The CNA certification costs $20 initially. The cost is $40 for every 2 years to remain certified.

Out-of-State CNAs

If you’re an out-of-state CNA hoping to work in Maryland, you must meet the Board’s requirements to become eligible for certification.

  • You must have a current and active license in the previous state and be in good standing with the state’s Nurse Aide registry

  • There should be no evidence of abuse or neglect on your current license

  • If you’re not listed on the state registry, you must complete a board-approved training program with 100 hours of training.

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Minnesota CNA Exam and Certification

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

CNA Certification Requirements in Minnesota

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Minnesota state approved certification needs to be obtained. The Minnesota Department of Health requires all nurse aides to be on the state’s Nurse Aide Registry before being  employed. Employers can hire individuals enrolled in a nurse aide training program for a 120 days (4 months). But during that time the individual must complete their training and the board exams.

Become a CNA in Minnesota

Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Minnesota 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 Minnesota, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. A high school diploma or GED is required, and you must be 18 years old. You must also be able to pass a criminal background check and have proof of immunizations. The Minnesota Department of Health requires nursing assistants to complete the state-accredited training comprising of a minimum 75 hours. CNA classes cost approximately $700 at Minnesota’s vocational schools and community colleges.

Here are a few local CNA Classes in Minnesota

CNA Classes in Saint Paul

Century College: (651) 779-3300

CNA Classes in Minneapolis

Caring Hands HC & Training Services: (763) 291-5125

CNA Classes in Dakota

Dakota County Technical College: (651) 423-8301

CNA Classes in Hibbing

Hibbing Community College: (218) 262-7200

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Minnesota CNA Testing

The written portion of the evaluation comprises of 70 multiple choice questions. If you have difficulty reading English, an oral option is available. The oral test comprises of 60 multiple choice oral questions and 10 reading comprehension questions. You need to request to take the oral exam before you submit  an application for testing.

The skills exam comprises of five skills; three assigned at random along with catheter care and handwashing skills. Students have 30 minutes to complete the skills component and must perform all five skills correctly in order to pass the exam.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • Written and skills exam – $64

  • Oral and skills exam – $64

  • Oral retest – $42

  • Skills retest – $22

  • Written retest – $42

Out-of-State CNAs

Out-of-state CNAs can transfer their certification to Minnesota if they’re in active status in their home state. If you’re transferring your license, you must complete the process and obtain placement on the registry before you begin working.

  • Download and complete Section A-1 on the Interstate Endorsement Form and send to the registry where you’re currently registered

  • Complete Section B-1 and send to your current employer to provide proof of employment

  • Submit the completed application to the nurse aide registry

  • There’s no fee for processing the application

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Georgia CNA Exam and Certification

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

CNA Certification Requirements in Georgia

In order to work at any facility as a CNA, a Georgia state approved certification needs to be obtained.  In order to work as a CNA, you must complete a state-accredited program. Once you complete a state accredited program you will be listed on the nurse aide registry after passing the state competency evaluation. Nurse aides can work with a nursing home for a period of four months while taking steps to complete the state evaluation. During the 4-month period, student nurse aides can only perform certain tasks they’ve been trained to do – to the satisfaction of the program instructor.

Become a CNA in Georgia

Here are the steps to follow in order to become a Georgia 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 Georgia, the individual needs to be able to understand, read and speak English. Most Georgia CNA training providers recommend that students possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent although it is not required, and they 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. Approved nurse aide training programs in Georgia  must consist of a minimum of 85 hours of training which should cover classroom, labs, and clinical rotation. CNA training programs in Georgia can take as little as a four weeks, and costs range from $500 to $1500

Here are a few local CNA Classes  in Georgia

CNA Classes in Snellville

Caregiver Solutions: (678) 392-9624

CNA Classes in Woodstock

Giving Care Education Center: (678) 883-0262

CNA Classes in Atlanta

Covenant CNA School: (404) 773-5491

CNA Classes in Douglasville

Covenant Medical Training Institute: (770) 949-1306

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Georgia CNA Testing

Georgia’s state CNA competency test is comprised of two parts: a written (or oral) and a skills component. The written exam contains 70 multiple choice questions while the oral exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions and 10 multiple choice comprehension questions. For the skills exam, an administrator evaluates your ability to execute five randomly selected skills.

Certification Costs To Become a CNA

  • The state evaluation costs $112 for the written and skills test.

Out-of-State CNAs

If you’re an out-of-state CNA listed as active on the other state’s registry, you can earn certification in Georgia through reciprocity. You should:

  • Fill out the reciprocity application

  • Submit proof that you completed an approved training program

  • Provide proof of employment within the last two years

  • Ensure there are no criminal convictions or complaints on your record as these could prohibit employment in Georgia.

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