Comprehensive guide to CNA training and certification in Wisconsin
A Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA, is a professional in the medical field who provides personal care to patients. This care may include ambulation, bathing, dressing, feeding, grooming, and transfers, as well as other related tasks. The typical CNA works with nurses in a nursing home or hospital setting. In Wisconsin, CNAs are often referred to as Nurse Aides, and are in high demand because long-term care facilities are experiencing a shortage of entry-level health care providers. On average, full-time CNAs in Wisconsin earn about $24,000 plus benefits. Compared with the rest of the country, this is a slightly below-average salary, but the low cost of living in Wisconsin helps account for the difference. Wisconsin CNAs must be at least 16 years old and achieve a CNA technical diploma from an accredited institution. Many schools offer training for this type of certification in Wisconsin. What follows is an in-depth look at two such programs.
With about 19,000 students, the Milwaukee Area Technical College is a 2-year school that houses the CNA technical diploma program in the Health Occupations Division. At the core of this 3-credit program are basic nursing concepts. Its graduates assist home care patients and nursing home dwellers with both routine tasks and special needs. Since this program is acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, its students may apply to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP).
Like the Milwaukee program, the Madison CNA technical diploma is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. The Madison Area Technical College, however, has a good relationship with the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison. This facilitates transfers to 4-year bachelor’s degree programs and further study of nursing. CNA students choosing this path may become registered nurses (RNs) and may use CNA credits toward an associate’s degree in nursing. RNs supervise CNAs, also working in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home care facilities, and nursing homes. They differ in that RNs may provide guidance for medical treatments. They can also perform diagnostic analysis to diagnose patients under their care.
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Wisconsin CNA Certification Training Programs
Browse our list of Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin CNA Certification
1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program
2) Pass the Wisconsin CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the multiple choice portion and the clinical skills portion)
3) Pass the Wisconsin CNA exam within 24 months of completing an approved nursing assistant education program
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