Comprehensive guide to CNA training and certification in Virginia
Virginia nursing assistant (CNA) training provides all the necessary experience needed to work at medical and health care facilities. Companies cannot hire CNAs unless they have certification. The duties of this position include making beds, helping patients with daily activities, delivering medication, escorting patients to treatments and assisting with medical procedures. Besides positions at hospitals and medical facilities these individuals may also provide aide to disabled persons or the elderly living at home.
At minimum, a high school diploma is required for psychiatric or nursing aides, but not necessarily for home health aides. CNAs are individuals that have completed 75 hours of training and have passed the competency exam. This training and exam are all provided by state approved institutions and regulated by the state board of nursing in Virginia. Once the exam is passed the individual is added to the State registry of nursing aides.
Some health care facilities will hire inexperienced individuals and provide on-the-job training, as long as the individual passes the exam within the specified time period. Nursing assistants that work in nursing homes also have to pass the CNA competency. Suggested training includes 75 hours supervised by a registered nurse or qualified nurse educator.
There are two parts to the certification exam: written part and a skills part. The written part contains 70 different multiple choice questions. Individuals that have difficulty with English can take an oral exam instead. The skills section includes five randomly selected skills. The individual has 25 minutes to complete the skills. In order to submit the exam application a letter of completion from the training program approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing is necessary.
Individuals that have completed a practical nursing or registered nursing program may also apply for the CNA certification exam without going through specific CNA training. Individuals with an expired CNA certificate may re-take the exam again to reinstate or renew their certification and are not required to attend a training program.
The cost of taking both parts of the exam in 2011 is $94. Re-taking the written section costs $25, re-taking the skills section costs $69 and re-taking the oral section costs $25. Employers that receive federal funds must pay all fees for the training and examination of their nursing aides; this includes the cost for re-testing. All payments and application must be submitted at least 12 days before the requested test date.
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Virginia CNA Certification Training Programs
Browse our list of Virginia schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly.
3 Steps to Virginia CNA Certification
1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program
2) Pass the Virginia CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the multiple choice portion and the clinical skills portion)
3) Pass the Virginia CNA exam within 24 months of completing an approved nursing assistant education program
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