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Washington DC CNA Classes

Washington, D.C. CNA Training

In Washington D.C., an individual is required to be both certified and licensed to practice as a certified nursing assistant. One must also pass a criminal background check. The first step in becoming a CNA in the District of Columbia is to complete the required amount of course work and hands on training. After completing the educational and training requirements, one is qualified to complete the two-part National Nursing Assistant Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam, which features both a written section and a section in which the student must physically demonstrate CNA skills and procedures. For those who are unable to take a written examination, an oral test may be administered.

Renewing a CNA License

Once the NNAAP is passed, the certification is valid for two years. After the two years are up, the certification can be renewed as long as the applicant has completed at least 8 hours of paid labor as a CNA and 24 continuing education hours.

The following scenarios allow an individual to be eligible to take the NNAAP exam:

  • Having no other nursing registry and having completed an approved CNA training course within the past 24 months (certificate of training must be presented).
  • Having completed a "Fundamentals of Nursing" course including clinical within the past 36 months (transcript must be presented).
  • Having been an LPN or RN in D.C. or licensed within the last 36 months, or trained as an LPN or RN outside of the U.S. (any applicable licenses or training certifications must be
  • Having allowed one's Registry to expire and re-applying. If the Registry has been expired less than 24 months, a copy of the expired Registry must be presented. If more than 24 months, CNA training must be completed again, and a copy of the expired Registry must be completed along with a copy of the new training certificate.
  • Having a current registration out of state in good standing, and applying for "reciprocity by examination" (must present registration).

Additional Resources:

On-Campus & Online CNA Schools

Other DC Schools with CNA Programs

Bethel Training Institute
824 Upshur Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20011
Capitol Health Institute
7826 Eastern Avenue
Washington, District of Columbia 20012
3925 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20011
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
1100 Harvard Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
CitiWide Computer and Nursing Assistant Center
3636 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20010
Comprehensive Health Academy
1106 Bladensburg Road, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
MISS Health Care Training Institute
1818 New York Ave. NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
University of the District of Columbia-Community College
5171 South Dakota Avenue, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
VMT Education Center
4201 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Washington DC CNA Resources on

District of Columbia Board of Nursing
Department of Health
717 14th Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 724-4900
Fax: (202) 727-8241

District of Columbia Nurses Association