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CNA Training in West Virginia

Comprehensive guide to CNA training and certification in West Virginia

Certified Nursing Assistants play a vital role in the health care system. CNAs are professional health care providers who specialize in providing basic medical care and treatments for patients in hospitals, nursing homes and home care settings. They undergo special training to learn the necessary medical terminology and care taking skills that the job requires. Obtaining CNA certification in West Virginia allows the licensee to register with the state as a certified Nurse Aide and practice as a nursing assistant.

The starting point to becoming a CNA is enrolling in a state-approved training program. Such programs can be found at various community colleges, technical or vocational training institutions, private schools and some nursing facilities. Programs offered through nursing facilities offer on-the-job training and usually cover the cost of the education, certification exam and any applicable licensing fees. This benefit is awarded in exchange for a future period of employment at the facility once the individual becomes a licensed nurse aide. Some of the basic prerequisites for most CNA programs are a high school diploma or GED, clean criminal record and ability to perform physical nature of the work.

Trainees in West Virginia are required to complete at least 120 hours of approved training before they are eligible to challenge the CNA certification licensing exam. West Virginia CNA training classes must include 65 hours of classroom education and 55 hours of hands-on clinical practice. The total amount of training required exceeds the federal minimum requirement of 75 credit hours by about 50%.

The average cost of the CNA certification exam is $100 dollars. The test includes two separate sections and both must be passed successfully to gain certification. The first section is comprised of 100 written multiple choice questions and candidates are allowed two hours to complete this portion of the exam. The second section is a hands-on skills test that requires the student to erform 5 essential nurse aide skills. The five skills will be chosen by the testing administrator from a list of 25 possible tasks. All 5 skills must be performed satisfactorily to achieve a passing score. The candidate is allowed 50 minutes to complete this portion of the exam.

After earning CNA certification, an average CNA in West Virginia can earn approximately $19,800 per year. Current economic conditions and future forecasts predict demand for nursing assistants to increase during the next decade. If this demand is not met by an equal number of qualified CNAs to fill open positions, the average CNA salary might increase until we reach a point where labor supply equals demand. Individual CNA salary amounts depend on other factors such as employer, geographic location and number of years of experience.

CNAs in West Virginia are required to renew their license every two years. It is important for nursing assistants to check with the West Virginia Board of Nursing to find out what current license renewal requirements and procedures are to avoid allowing their license to expire.

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List of CNA Classes in West Virginia

Ansted Center Nursing Assistant Program

P.O. Box 400, Ansted, West Virginia 25812

Berkeley Springs Rehabilitation and Nursing

456 Autumn Acres Rd., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Beverly Health Care – Glasgow

120 Melrose Dr., Glasgow, West Virginia 25086

Boone Career Center Nurse Aide Course – Danville

HC 81 Box 50 B, Danville, WV 25053

Broaddus Hospital Nursing Assistant Program – Philippi

Mansfield Hill, Philippi, West Virginia 26416

Cameron Nursing and Rehabilitation

Route 4, Cameron, WV 26033

Canterbury Center CNA Course – Shepherdstown

Rt. 1 Box 5, Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443

Care Haven of Pleasants Nurse Aide Training Program – Belmont

506 Riverview Dr., Belmont, WV 26134

Cedar Ridge Center Nurse Assistant Program – Sissonville

302 Cedar Ridge Rd., Sissonville, West Virginia 25320

Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Nurse Aide Training Course

801 Davisson Run Road, Clarksburg, WV 26301

Cortland Acres CNA Course – Thomas

HC 60, Box 98, Thomas, West Virginia 26292

Elkins Regional Convalescent Center

1175 Beverly Pike. Elkins, WV 26241

Grant County Nursing Home CNA Course – Petersburg

27 Early Ave., Petersburg, West Virginia 26847

Greenbrier Manor CNA Training Course – Lewisburg

Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901

Hampshire Center Nurse Aide Program – Romney

HC 63 Box 2580, Romney, West Virginia 26757

Heartland of Charleston CNA Training Program

3819 Chesterfield Ave., Charleston, WV 25304

Heartland of Clarksburg

100 Parkway Dr., Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301

Heartland of Rainelle Nursing Assistant Course

606 Pennsylvania Ave., Rainelle, WV 25962

Hidden Valley Health Care Nurse Aide Training – Oak Hill

422 23rd Street, Oak Hill, West Virginia 25901

Hopemont Hospital Nurse Aide Class – Terra Alta

RR 3 Box 330, Terra Alta, WV 26764

John D. Rockefeller Career Center CNA Class – New Cumberland

95 Rockyside Road, New Cumberland, West Virginia 26047

Logan Park Care Center Nursing Assistant Course

1000 West Park Avenue, Logan, West Virginia 25601

McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation – Gary

P.O. Box 220, Gary, WV 24836

Meadowview Manor Nurse Aide Course – Bridgeport

41 Crestview Terrace, Bridgeport, West Virginia 26330

Med Care Training Center – Cora

Valleyview Dr., Cora, WV 25614

Mercer County Technical Center – Princeton

1397 Stafford Drive, Princeton, WV 24740

Mercer Nursing and Rehabilitation – Bluefield

P.O. Box 410, Bluefield, West Virginia 24701

Miletree Center Nursing Assistant Class – Spencer

825 Summit St., Spencer, WV 25276

North Central West Virginia Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) – Fairmont

120 Jackson Street, Fairmont, WV 26554

Roane Jackson Technical Center Nurse Aide Course – Le Roy

4800 Spencer Road, Le Roy, West Virginia 25252

Sistersville Center Nurse Aide Program

201 Wood Street, Sistersville, West Virginia 26175

Special Touch Training Center South Charleston

510 C Street, South Charleston, WV 25356

Springfield Center CNA Course – Lindside

Route 1 Box 101-A, Lindside, West Virginia 24951

Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation CNA Training Program – Hinton

John Cook Road, Po Box 1240, Hinton, WV 25951

Summersville Memorial Hospital Nurse Aide Training Course

400 Fairview Heights Rd., Summersville, West Virginia 26651

Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation for Parkersburg

1716 Gihon Rd., Parkersburg, WV 2610

Sunbridge for Putnam Nursing Aide Program – Hurricane

300 Seville Rd., Hurricane, West Virginia 25526

Sunbridge for Salem CNA Course

146 Water St., Salem, WV 26426

Teays Valley Center Nurse Aide Training – Hurricane

590 Poplar Fork Rd., Hurricane, West Virginia 25526

The Brier Rehabilitation and Nursing – Ronceverte

601 Rocky Hill Rd., Ronceverte, WV 24970

The Heritage, Inc. Nursing Assistant Program – Bridgeport

Rte 1, Bridgeport, West Virginia 26330

Valley Center South Nurse Aide Training Program – Charleston

1000 Lincoln Dr., Charleston, WV 25309

Valley Haven Geriatric Center Nurse Aide Program – Wellsburg

Rd 2, Wellsburg, West Virginia 26070

Valley View Nursing Home CNA Training Course – Berkeley Springs

456 Autumn Acres Rd., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation – Wayne

Route 1 Box 1372, Wayne, West Virginia 25570

Webster Nursing and Rehabilitation CNA Class – Cowen

Erbacon Road, Cowen, WV 26206

Weirton Geriatric Center Weirton CNA Course

2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton, West Virginia 26062

Willows Center Nursing Assistant Program – Parkersburg

723 Summers St., Parkersburg, WV 26101

Wyoming County Career Center Nurse Aide Course – Pineville

Hcr 72 Box 200, Pineville, West Virginia 24874

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West Virginia CNA Certification Training Programs

Browse our list of West 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 West Virginia CNA Certification

1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program

2) Pass the West Virginia CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the multiple choice portion and the clinical skills portion)

3) Pass the West Virginia CNA exam within 24 months of completing an approved nursing assistant education program

Helpful Links for Nurse Aides in West Virginia

West Virginia Board of Nursing
West Virginia Nurse Aide Registry

Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011
National Association of Health Care Assistants
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants