Becoming A CNA Through The Certification Process
Getting your certified as a CNA in todays day and age can be one of the smartest choice you can make as far as getting and keeping employment goes as the medical feild really hasn’t been hit at all by the meltdown of the economy, which if anything the demand has increased for workers who have the prerequisites. Before we delve into the CNA certification topic and how to get your own, the first thing we want to communicate to you is the fact that having your certification is essentially an optional credential in some staates, which in these states some facilities allow individuals to work as a CNA without having done any real formal or accredited training.
But these states and facilities and few and far between and even if you find a place that allows this, your role as a CNA will be a lot more limited to the capacity of the different job tasks that your employer will permit you to do, and your salary will most likely be a good amount less than what it would have been compared to what it would be if you have your certified nursing assistant certification. You will also be considered to be hired first over one without credentials any day, so all in all it is obvious that getting certified as a CNA is the way to go in both the short run and the long run of your (more…)
Getting Certified As A CNA In Michigan
To get your certified nursing assistant certification in Michigan it is imperative that first step that you need to take is completing a state approved CNA training course, which is offered at
- Nursing homes
- Community colleges
- Vocational schools
- Long term care facilities
- Hospitals and more.
To make sure the program you intend on taking is accredited, the best thing to do is to call Michigans Nurse Aide Registry.
After completing an accredited Michigan CNA certification course, you will then have to take and pass your certification exam, which consists of two portions, the first being a multiple choice questions which you will need to get at least 80% of them correctly, the second portion is the clinical skills test where you will need to demonstrate competency in randomly picked patient care skills, where you will have three chances to get them correct and will need to demonstrate each one correctly. The certification test is administered by Prometric, and is known as the Michigan Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation test, where you will have 3 chances to pass the test, which you must wait 14 days to retake if one doesn’t pass the first time. There are 20 different regional test sites that Prometric has that are spread accross the state, which allow one to be in driving distance come test day. Upon passing the certification exam, you will get your Michigan nurse aide certification in the mail, enabling you to work as a CNA anywhere in the state.
Renewing CNA Certification
Once you have obtained your CNA certification you will have to apply for recertification every 2 years. In order to be eligible for recertification, you must have worked a minimum of 8 consecutive hours during the 2 years, which was work that you were paid for, not volunteer. You are also give a 60 day grace period which starts after the 2 years are up where you can get your 8 hours and still be eligible to recertify. Although if the CNA who is applying for recertification has committed an act of patient neglect like neglect or abuse, they will not be allowed to recertify. The process of recertification is done when the Michigan CNA Registry sends out recertification forms, which usually happens 60 to 90 days before ones 2 years are up.
Apply For Reciprocity In Michigan
If you happen to be a CNA in another state other than Michigan and are looking to get your CNA certification in Michigan, you can do so by filling out a reciprocity form that comes from both Michigan’s Nurse Aide Registry as well as your currents states registry. Once Michigan’s Nurse Aide Registry verifies that you have met requirements and have a good employment record, you will be able to sit for Michigan CNA certification exam without having to take a CNA course.
To contact the Michigan CNA Registry about any questions you may be about becoming certified or any other related questions, you can do so by using the following contact information:
Phone Number: 547-241-0554
MI Department of Community Health Hureau of Health Professions
P.O. Box 20760 Lansing