Certified Nursing Assistant Certifications
Become a Nursing Assistant
- Career Plan:How to become a Certified Nursing Assistant
Nursing Assistant Related Resources
Federal law requires registration of nursing assistants. Registration includes a background screening, training, and a competency examination. Policies vary from state to state; not all give the same exam. Some will allow you to work as a nursing assistant for up to four months while you complete your educational requirements.
Depending on your place of employment, additional certifications may be necessary. You may need certification as a gerontological assistant, for example. The home health industry also has specific legal mandates. If you move from one state to another, you will need to contact the Nursing Assistant Registry in the state you move to so you can find out how to become certified there.
Some experienced nursing assistants pursue additional certifications in order to increase their scope of practice (the duties they can perform). Certified Nursing Assistants are generally not allowed to administer medication, but with additional coursework, they may. A nursing assistant with medication privileges might be designated a CNA-M, but again, there are differences in policy and terminology from state to state. With additional training, some nursing assistants progress to the level of CNA II.
Some employers have professional development programs in place to support your continued education. Not all titles and trainings will transfer from one facility to another; still they’re useful. Professional development, and the additional responsibilities that come with it, can increase both your job satisfaction and your income.