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It's no secret that many people are struggling with unemployment and finding a way to provide for their families in the long term. Frustrated by companies that are reluctant to hire those with limited education, many people are choosing to return to school in an effort to expand their knowledge and skill set.

There are many different career paths to choose from, but for a person wanting to ensure that he or she is going to have a job at graduation, it might be a good idea to consider Alabama CNA Classes. A certified nursing assistant is someone who is qualified to provide assistance to registered nurses and doctors in a health care setting.

Those who are not familiar with the process of seeking certification as a nurse's assistant should know that each state has very specific requirements for preparing for and achieving this designation.

Becoming a CNA in Alabama

In order to become a CNA in Alabama and be listed in the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry, it is required that the individual complete a state-approved nurse aide training and competency evaluation program. Additionally, he or she must pass both the written and skills exams. If he or she does not pass the exams after three attempts or within 24 months of his training, then the prospective CNA must complete another state-approved nurse aide training program to be considered eligible to retake the competency exam.

Renewing a CNA License

A CNA wishing to work in Alabama will also need to be listed in good standing on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. After becoming certified, a CNA must work at least 8 hours every 24 month period in a nursing home, hospital, home health agency, hospice agency, or mental health facility for paid compensation. Failure to do so will result in a loss of certification, and the individual will need to be retrained and retested in order to regain his or her certification and be eligible to work.

Licensure by Reciprocity

If a CNA is licensed to work in another state and wants to be eligible to work in Alabama, he or she must gain employment at a nursing home. Then, the CNA will be allowed to transfer his or her active certification from an outside state to the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry.

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Alabama CNA Certification Requirements

To get your CNA certificate in Alabama, you first need to complete the required course work and/ or training program. You will need to pass the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. Applicants must then submit fingerprint cards. Licenses/certificates and will not be issued without the results of a state and federal background check coming back in good standing. As prescribed by federal law, the typical Alabama CNA certificate program lasts approximately 8 to 13 weeks to gain 75 accredited hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin training. After passing the Certified Nurse Assistant exam, you must be placed on the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry.

Required Hours for Alabama CNA Certification

In Alabama, you are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation before challenging the state CNA licensing exam. The nurse aide classes typically last 2-6 months. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin the training program.

Alaska CNA Certification Prerequisites

In Alabama, CNA prerequisites include a current background check, two fingerprint cards, Photo ID, two photos (passport size). A negative TB test within the past 6 months and proof of immunizations will be required. You will also be required to show a high school diploma or GED.

Alabama CNA Licensing Resources

Lawson State Community College

  • 3060 Wilson Road
    Birmingham, AL 35221
    Programs: CNA

Calhoun Community College

Gadsden State Community College

Bevill State Community College

  • 1411 Indiana Avenue
    Jasper, AL 35501
    Programs: CNA

South University

Trenholm State Technical College

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Southern Union State Community College

Lurleen B Wallace Community College

Shelton State Community College

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