CNA - licensing???

  1. Hey everyone. This is really off the subject. I have a quick question, as my sister told me she's CNA certified at a school I never heard of. She also said that she can sit in to get her license. Does CNA's get licensed? On top of that, I know that she has a few felony charges, and I know from my old school that they're really strict on letting anyone sit in the board exam with a felony. Updates, so I know whether to help guide her, or she's lying to me. Thanks!
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  3. by   RNDreamer
    CNAs get certified...honestly, I don't remeber if I had to submit to a background check in order to take to test, but when she applies to jobs, they may require a background check....

    PS. When I went to CNA school, a background check was not needed...



    Quote from Lexi_Ha
    Hey everyone. This is really off the subject. I have a quick question, as my sister told me she's CNA certified at a school I never heard of. She also said that she can sit in to get her license. Does CNA's get licensed? On top of that, I know that she has a few felony charges, and I know from my old school that they're really strict on letting anyone sit in the board exam with a felony. Updates, so I know whether to help guide her, or she's lying to me. Thanks!
  4. by   lexi917
    ok, but does the school have to be registered with the board of nursing in order for it to be legit, or any school can teach the CNA program?
  5. by   RNDreamer
    I guess you can check the BON site to see if this is the case....My school was licensed by the NYS ed. dept
  6. by   lexi917
    Yeah I did, I checked the BON for her school and it's not listed. I tried searching for the school online and it doesn't exist anywhere in Manhattan. Ok so I guess I was right then. She was asking for financial help to sit for the licensing but I want to make sure first. Thanks dear for your help.
  7. by   RNDreamer
    What is the name of the school? Maybe someone here has heard of it...or, if you don't believe her, ask her for a "certificate of completion" ...I believe everyone gets that from the school they attended after finishing the CNA course....I have one
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    No, CNAs are not licensed. They get certified. I often hear CNAs say they are licensed, but this is incorrect- they are just referring to their state certification, but using incorrect terms.

    I know in the state where I went to school (AZ) a CNA program had to be officially approved by the state in order for those who completed it to be allowed to take the certification exam.

    Also, background checks were required for anyone who would be working with the elderly. All nursing home employees had to pass a background check. This was in the early 1990s. More restrictions/requirements may have been added since then.
    I still have my copies of the documents on me from my local Dept of Public Safety saying I was cleared to work.

    I know one of my former co-workers (CNA) had her certification suspended for 30 days by the state, for being involved in a domestic dispute (she was not a victim of domestic violence) in which neighbors called the police.
  9. by   lexi917
    That's what I thought. I worked as a CNA in California while attending nursing school and from what I remembered it was only certification and not licensed. Since I was a nursing student I wasn't required to get certified but was allowed to work on the basis of graduating from the Nursing school. Something like that. As far as I remembered, every Nursing school has to be registered with the BON, no matter what type of school it is even if it's a diploma school. Thought NYmight be different, just found out from one my friend's mother she said the same thing. So I'm not coughing up money for help then. Thanks dear.
  10. by   umpalumpa14588
    In addition, CNA certs are issued by the NYSDOH.

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