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  1. Hello all nursing students/graduates & experienced nurses. I graduated from my LVN program in Aug. 09 & have already took & failed the NCLEX twice before. So Ive decided to take a step back and do CNA to get more into the atmosphere of nursing & to hopefully gain more experience. But my question is do I have to actually do CNA training/classes or is there some type of test I can take to become an CNA since I already have training for LVN?-Thank you for your feedback.
    Last edit by OrangePink89 on Apr 23, '12
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Julie19
    You should be able to challenge the exam since you're already a LPN. Most LPN's can take the CNA exam after their first semester or so. I'd contact the BON in your state though, just in case.
  4. by   BlkQueen8
    Yes, once you complete the first term of an LVN course, you can take the test for CNA. Here in California, which I assume you are since you said LVN although you could be from TX, the BON does not regulate CNA. Check the website for CNAs. The website is Aide / Technician so feel free to check it out.
  5. by   OrangePink89
    I am frm CA & I found the info I need. Thank you both Julie19 & BlkQueen8!
  6. by   spectrabrite
    In CA you need to get a form I think its 8613 filled out by your LVN school and submit it to the state, the CA Dept of Public Health will review it and send you a CDPH 99 form that allows you to challenge the CNA test.
  7. by   OrangePink89
    Spectrabrite is it possible that you can give me the direct link for that form because I don't see it anywhere on the CDPH website. Thanks so much.
  8. by   spectrabrite
    These 2 forms are needed I really got the form numb wrong!

    You need to have your live scan fingerprints submitted before the state will accept or look at your documents.

    Request for live scan form:
    http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/forms/BCIA_8016.pdf

    This is a sample to reference when filling this out
    http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/bcia8016sample.pdf

    t
    hen this form needs to be filled out by you and your LVN school and submitted with your transcripts:
    http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pubsforms/forms/CtrldForms/cdph283b.pdf

    I
    just went through this, feel free to ask if you need more info.
  9. by   OrangePink89
    Ok yeah I did all of this but I didnt know my school had to fill the application paper out as well. "/ None of my former teachers work at the school I attended.
  10. by   spectrabrite
    you need the director of the school or administrator to fill it out, and get a copy of your transcripts in a seal envelope. if the transcripts are not on school letterhead or on a sealed school envelope it will be denied.
  11. by   OrangePink89
    Ok thank u so much for ur help.
  12. by   spectrabrite
    no problem, I hope you get it all dealt with
  13. by   misspinkmeow
    So after the first 6-12 weeks of the LVN course we can challenge the CNA exam here in CA?

    I am starting my LVN classes in Jan 2013 and want to challenge the CNA exam so I can start looking for a job.

    Quote from BlkQueen8
    Yes, once you complete the first term of an LVN course, you can take the test for CNA. Here in California, which I assume you are since you said LVN although you could be from TX, the BON does not regulate CNA. Check the website for CNAs. The website is Aide / Technician so feel free to check it out.
  14. by   spectrabrite
    Correct, you have to get the paperwork from the state signed off by your school

    Quote from misspinkmeow
    So after the first 6-12 weeks of the LVN course we can challenge the CNA exam here in CA?

    I am starting my LVN classes in Jan 2013 and want to challenge the CNA exam so I can start looking for a job.

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