What Are The Requirements To Become a Certified Nursing Assistant?
This is a very common questions and each nursing program has different requirements. However, when specifically talking about CNA (certified nursing assistants), we can confidently say that the following requirements MUST be met -
You must be 16 years old and above. Some will require you to be 18+ however in MOST cases 16 years is fine. Age will be determined by State so check the state requirement to be sure about age.
Possess High School Diploma or GED. (will depend on school. Some schools DON"T require either one)
Valid State ID / Driver’s License and Social Security card / number.
Some schools may require you to pass an entrance examination. However, we've found entrance exams are applied to individuals who DO NOT have a high school diploma. This is to ensure they have the basic knowledge required for the CNA course load.
Submit fingerprints upon enrollment
Health Report from a physician stating you can participate in the program without any limitations. In order for you to successfully pass the CNA course, you can't be restricted so health report MUST show you can perform all duties within the program.
Majority of schools will require CPR, TB (or Xray) clearance, Physical Exam and flu record by the first day of school.
Criminal background check
Deposit (non-refundable) to guarantee you will attend class
Keep in mind the requirements will depend on where you decide to take the program. However, the ones listed above are very common among many of the schools we have contacted. I recommend you contact the schools you have in mind to get a complete list of THEIR specific requirements.
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