CNA is a medical professional trained to give various medical services to a
patient. A certified assistant works under RN (Registered Nurse) or LPN
(Licensed practical nurse), serving clients, such as residents in healthcare
facilities, patients at medical facilities, and disabled persons. It is also a
highly gratifying career that offers steady employment. Besides, the
satisfaction of being able to improve one’s life quality with effective healthcare
needs is the icing on the cake.
Steps to Become a Wisconsin-based CNA
of CNA is represented by various titles, including Nursing Aide and Certified
Nursing Assistants, among others. The DHS (Department of Health) provides
approval for the training programs that meet the state’s quality and legal
requirements. In Wisconson, Pearson VUE is authorized by DHS to manage the
Nurse Aide Registry. Below are the steps that are to be followed to meet the
requirements of CNA certification.
Step 1: Analyze the Pathways for Certification
Wisconsin, you have to review different eligibility pathways and choose the best
match for your qualifications and skills.
should complete a training program in Wisconsin that is state-approved. After the
training is completed, the applicant gets permission for the National Nurse
Aide Assessment Program (NNAP) examination for the certification.
Student or Graduate Nurse
Wisconsin, a nursing student learns CNA skills as a part of the training. However,
there may be a case when a graduate nurse has completed an approved nursing
program without taking the licensure exam to be a practical nurse or registered
nurse. Such candidates should submit their training proof to the department of
health along with a request to appear for the exam of NNAAP. And, a student
nurse has to submit proof of training and appear for the competency examination.
For Foreign Country Nurses
having completed an LPN/RN program at a non-US country should submit the LPN or
RN status proof to the WBON (Wisconsin Board of Nursing). This is required to get
a letter of eligibility from the board for taking the LPN or RN exam, as well
as for the CNA examination.
Home Health Nurse Aide
of nurses is registered as a nurse aide but isn’t allowed to work in a home
health facility that is federally certified due to lack of certification.
A person who
is in the military can get his/her military healthcare training considered as
the CNA training required. However, for this, veterans must have accomplished the
strict requirements in terms of clinical hours and course types. There is no
need to complete a training course of nurse aide for a veteran if DHS approves
their request. But in the first attempt, they have to pass both parts of the
exam. In case the request is not approved, the applicant has to take the test
and training again.
CNAs from a Different state
other states may take any of the routes below to get their names added to the
CNA registry in Wisconsin.
non-Wisconsin CNA should submit the training proof and verify that he/she has passed
the NNAAP-equivalent (Wisconsin based exam) competency exam of a nurse aide for
a direct registry entry.
the non-Wisconsin CNA has completed the training but is unable to clear the
competency exam for CNA, he/she is required to clear the NNAAP examination in Wisconsin.
other state CNA can also get a direct entry to the registry if he/she has completed
the training program of a maximum of 120 hours, as well as has worked for a
minimum of 2088 hours within the previous 24 months as paid CNA and also cleared
the equivalent competency exam of CNA.
Step 2: Select a State-approved Program
Wisconsin, if a person wants to complete their training program of CNA that is
state-approved, they have to find a program as per their needs. You can
discover various CNA programs at education centers, community colleges, and
technical colleges. A lot of long-term care facilities, institutes for mental
health, and nursing homes also offer such programs.
federal law, a person can work for a maximum of 120 days at any of the nursing
facilities before attaining a listing in the registry, if he/she meets the
required conditions. These conditions include full-time employees supervised by
an LPN or RN.
Step 3: Traning Cost
Wisconsin, every program for nurse aides can have a different training cost.
The estimated cost of Gateway Technical College in Kenosha for the course of a nursing
assistant is $691. It includes resident tuition, curriculum, uniforms,
supplies, and textbooks. There are some extra charges for the insurance of
student accidents, other expenses, and certification fees. However, the cost of
CNA classes is $1150 if you join the Paramount Healthcare Training Institute,
Milwaukee. However, there are some discounts available as well. In Wisconsin
CNA Training Center, the cost is $855 for administration and tuition fees. However,
you may have to bear other expenses, such as supplies and uniforms.
Wisconsin, while estimating the CNA classes’ cost, ensure that it includes all
the expenses. The rates of a training program can be changed by the school with
time. And, you should also verify any financial aid that is available through
schools. You can also check other funding sources, such as DVR (division
vocational rehabilitation) and workforce development department.
Wisconsin, you can also get free training for CNA. For the students who work in
skilled nursing facilities, the employer can also give the entire training
costs. If nurse aides already have certification and are employed at a skilled
nursing facility during the period of 12 months from being certified, they can
request the full training cost reimbursement.
Step 4: Meet the Training and School Conditions
Wisconsin, if you want to get admission to a training program of CNA, you have
to meet the program’s and school’s conditions. Below are the required ones:
age should be at least 16 years
a criminal background check by Justice Department and Wisconsin Caregiver
immunizations proof-like tuberculosis screening, MMR, and chickenpox
should be able to write and speak in English
the minimum abilities of maths
Step 5: Finish CNA Training
state law, the training program of CNA in Wisconsin requires at least 120 hours
that include the clinical experience of 32 hours. There are six areas of healthcare
covered under classroom training:
interaction and communication
gain knowledge about communicating with other people and establishing a relationship
with clients. They learn the process of recording vital signs, protecting the
privacy of the client, assisting with grooming and bathing, working with
dementia persons, and applying assistive devices, etc. Under the LPN or RN
supervision, clinical training provides practical experience to students with
residents and patients.
Step 6: Clear the NNAAP Exam
competency exam is the responsibility of Pearson VUE, and the administration of
the tests for a certified nurse aide is done through Credential. You can take
the test at a Wisconsin-based training facility or a regional site approved to
conduct the test in the state.
The exam contains
two parts that include:
Oral or Written
test comprises 70 MCQs, while the oral one has MCQs (60) and reading
comprehension questions (10). You can find sample questions, reading tests of self-assessment,
and outline of the exam’s content in the Pearson VUE’s handbook.
evaluation replicates the caregiving solutions of the real world. Students are
tested for a set of five skills. One of the skills is handwashing. From the 22 total,
remaining skills can be randomly selected. But demonstrating the measurement
skills is another essential among the rest four.
certified nursing assistants and nurse aides who are newly trained must clear
both portions of the examination within 1 year after finishing the training.
This is required to earn a CNA certification. If the applicant appears for the test
under other pathways, he/she has to take the exam anytime, again.
Step 7: Get Certified
Your name is
placed in the nurse aide registry of Wisconsin by the Pearson VUE after you
pass both parts of the exam, viz. skill evaluation and oral/written. However, if
you don’t need to appear for the exam, as per the chosen pathway, you can
directly apply to the DHS of Wisconsin for placement in the registry.
Keep the Certification Active
If you are willing to continue working as a skilled nurse in any facility that is federally funded, you have to maintain your certification for the eligibility of employment. To keep the CNA certification active, the nurse has to work for at least 8 hours as a nurse aide that is paid within the last 24 months. But in case, the assistant fails to report or work for 8 hours during the previous 24 months, the certification lapses. And, you are considered ineligible to serve at a federally funded home health agency, a nursing home, or intermediate care facility for intellectually disabled. To reinstate your certification, you will need to take the test of NNAAP competency and pass it again.