Do you live in Alabama and want to pursue a career as a CNA? If so, there are certain steps you must take after completing a CNA program. You'll need to test for certification and get your name on the CNA Nurse's Registry. CNA careers are growing all over the United States – since a large percentage of our population is aging and needs ongoing health care. If you have a caring heart and a true concern to help sick and elderly people, then becoming a CNA is a good choice for you.
There are several training options in Alabama for attaining a CNA license. You can attend a CNA program at a technical school which requires you to pay tuition or you may take a program at no cost from a nursing home. Many nursing homes offer free CNA training in exchange for a year of work. Just call one nearest to you for information or call your state Department of Health and Human Services. Training as a CNA in a nursing home is a great opportunity since some nursing homes may pay you as you train to reach your career goal. Always ask if the nursing home you are interested in offers that benefit.
- Trenholm State Technical College – in Montgomery Alabama, offers a 645 hour Nurse Assistant / Home Health Aide program which can be completed in two semesters. After successfully completing this program, a student is eligible to take the CNA certification exam administrated by the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAA).
- Southern Union State Community College – offers a CNA / Home Health Aide Program which is completed in 1 – 2 semesters. This program requires completion 19 – 21 credit hours and is approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health, Division of Healthcare Facilities.
- CNA classes are offered online, just check with your state Department of Health and Human Services to make sure they meet state guidelines. You may have to take additional testing upon completion of an online program. CNA Classes.US is a free online program.
Upon successful completion of your CNA program, you'll have to take the National Nurse's Aide Assessment Program Examination. This test consists of two parts, a written and a skills demonstration test. Their website has all the information you need to prepare for the exam, such as a study guide and practice test.
Alabama Nurse Aid Registry Requirements
After passing the NNAAP exam, you'll have to register with the Alabama Nurse Aid Registry. Having your name on the registry lets potential employers know that you're in compliance with federal and state guidelines for employment.