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HOW TO GET YOUR NURSING ASSISTANT LICENSE
1. Complete An Approved Training Program
Your first step will be to complete an approved CNA training program. These programs are offered in a variety of settings, including high schools, community colleges, vocational schools, and the Red Cross. You will want to find the program closest to you, confirm that it is a program recognized by your state’s nursing board, and complete it.
2. Submit Your Application
Next, you will need to submit your license application. The application is generally one to two pages, and will ask you for your name, address, phone number, social security number, driver’s license or state ID number, height, weight, hair color, eye color, criminal background, and whether you have had any adverse action taken against you by a health-related licensing, certification, or disciplinary authority.
3. Submit Your Fingerprint
Along with your application (or in some states, prior to submitting your application), you will need to submit your fingerprint for a thorough background check. The fingerprint check will reveal any criminal convictions on your record, no matter how old or what their status is (expunged, sealed, dismissed, dropped, or closed).
4. Pay Processing Fees
Along with your application, you will need to pay the appropriate fees. These fees include an application fee, fingerprint check fee, and examination fee. If you are already working as an aide or in another area of healthcare, you may be able to get your employer to cover your fees for certification. In some states, your employer must pay some or all of your fees.
5. Pass The Certification Exam
The certification exam is broken into two parts: written and clinical. The written part of the exam (sometimes referred to as the theoretical) consists of multiple-choice questions with one correct answer. You will generally have 90 minutes to answer 60 questions, although specific number of questions and time allotted may vary by state.