How To Get Your CNA License

October 12, 2011

CNA License

CNA License

If you are looking to obtain your CNA licence, there are a few thing that you must provide and accomplish in order to obtain certification, which will allow you to work at any location in your state that provides a healthcare setting, like nursing homes and hospitals along with schools and private medical practics among many more. Below will be what you need to do before enrolling, during class, and after class, requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to receive your CNA license.


  • You must provide proof of a few things before your enroll in a CNA class which are; proof that you have a highschool education or GED, proof that you are indeed at least 18 years of age, passing a criminal background check and you must not be pregnant.


  • You must first complete a certified CNA training course, which can be done through a community college as well as online. Classes last anywhere from weeks to months depending on what type of provider you are going through which will consist of at least 75 hours, which is the requirement but can last 120 hours of longer, and will be a mix of both classroom training and clinical training, or training in an actual healthcare setting. If you are looking for great online schools that provide CNA license training, click on the following link: CNA license.
  • Upon passing your class, you will need to fill out a verification form called a Verification of Training Form that will need to be sent to your states Nurse Aide Registry which provides the proof that you did your training through an accredited program, which you will fill out and your CNA license class teacher will fill out then send it to the Registry. This will either be provided in class or by contacting your states Nurse Aide Registry.


Now that you have completed your classroom and clincial training, you now need to pass the CNA license test which will either be through the organization that you completed your training through, or at a local location designated for testing. Here are the requirements for both applying for your CNA license testing as well as the testing portions that must be passed:


  • Proof that you are 18 years of age.
  • Some state require proof of a highschool dipomla or GED.
  • Passing a TB test as well as possibly other health related tests.
  • A picture ID.
  • Proof that you passed a certified training course.


  • Written Exam: 70 multiple choice questions, which 10 of them are not graded and for survey purposes. For some states this portion can include reading comprehension questions as well. Questions in the portion will consist of some of the following; nutrition, controling infections, emotional and mental needs of patients, communication with patients and staff, legal and ethical questions, appropriate conduct in the work place and hygiene.
  • Skills Exam: This is the hands on portion where you will need to demonastrate, on a live model, your knowledge of patient care tactics like; testing vital signs, talking and interacting with the patients, range of motion exercises, administering a catheder, helping a patient get dressed, the right way to wash your hands and moving patients.

After you pass the test, you will receive your CNA license in the mail along with a list of locations that you can work at.

It is also a good call to prepare for you CNA license testing so you don’t have to take it again which the requirements allow usually one to two more retakes within a 2 year period. There is a company called Prometric who are the leading CNA testing providers, and they also provide great practice tests for $30, you can find out more about them by clicking the following link: CNA license.


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