CNA after Fund. Of Nursing class

  1. Does anyone happen to know if we are able to sit the CNA exam after taking Fundamentals of Nursing in our RN programs, after first semester? I know in some states it is allowed but I can't find any info about it in Oklahoma. To me from what I've read you actually have to go through the CNA program, but I'm not sure. I would really like to start working in a nursing position, but its a bit impractical to take a whole other nursing course right now since I am enrolled in an RN program that takes up so much I have a job as well.
    Anyone know?
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 18, '13
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  3. by   obloom14
    I sat for CNA test after my medsurg 1 class; I'm in CA.
  4. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Try contacting the entity in your state that certifies nursing assistants. Some states that is the Board of Nursing other states it's the department of health/dept of health/human services.

    In the case of OK, a quick google search turned up this: Nurse Aide and Nontechnical Services Workers Registry - Oklahoma State Department of Health

    There is contact information at the bottom. Otherwise your fundamentals instructor or school director should be able to guide you.
  5. by   heroldbe
    I was able to sit for mine and I'm in Ohio. I had to have the nursing department fill out a paper stating that I had completed so many hours of clinical/class time. After turning that in, I was able to sit for my state boards.
  6. by   Best_Name_Ever
    After my first semester of clinicals, I became eligible to work as a "Nurse Fellow" in the hospital. I am scheduled as a CNA on my floor, but since I have this title...I get to do a little more like insert foleys, change dressings, etc. Plus, since the nurses know I am in school...they like to pull me into rooms to see cool or interesting things. I would see if facilities around you will hire you into a position like that. I make more $$ then a CNA, but am considered to be on their level. And no CNA exam or certification required. I just had to show them my transcripts to prove that I took my first nursing clinical.
  7. by   Best_Name_Ever
    I forgot to mention that I work in indiana. And the same goes for Illinois.
  8. by   ßåߥ
    I never had to sit for CNA boards. Once I passed Fundamentals, I automatically got a CNA license. Perhaps talk to your instructor and asked, s/he would probably have the most information on your school's policies regarding this.
  9. by   nurseprnRN
    It's not a school policy, it's a regulatory issue. The OP has been given the link to his/her state resource; those from other states need to identify and contact theirs.