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Can I challenge taking the CNA I class in North Carolina?

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I was wondering if I can challenge taking the CNA I class in NC? I worked as a caregiver in Minnesota for 3 years up until Aug 2009 then I returned to school for RN. My mother got sick so I moved to Nc to care for her and I didn't take my CNA course in college yet. I been researching online and getting mixed results some people say you don't need class, some say you do and Nc department of health says you need to pass state-approved Nurse Aide I training or comparable. Can I get some advice because I rather Challenge the test then pay $500 or more to take it. Also, if I do have to take the course does anyone have advice for a cheaper state-approved program?

Thank you,

Tasha

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If you need the certification as a prereq for RN school, then no, you cannot challenge to get into school. If you just want the certification and it is not a requirement for your RN school, then you can challenge.

I asked the same question at my information session for my school! I hope that helps.

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jesskidding has 5 years experience.

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You can challenge the NC Nurse Aide 1 test in North Carolina. I did last Spring and now I am in my first semester of nursing school.

Just fill out the forms and check that you will be challenging the test, pick your testing center, and wait for them to send you a date in the mail. It will come on a little yellow postcard.

Good Luck!

*I will add that I did take a CNA course at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, but waited over the 2 year limit to test. That's why I had to challenge it.

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tasharob1981 has 3 years experience.

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I just want it to start working as a CNA now. I plan on finishing AA online from Minnesota then transferring to a college in NC to finish pursuing a career as a RN. Thank you for responding

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tasharob1981 has 3 years experience.

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Thanks for the link you were very helpfully

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canesdukegirl has 14 years experience and works as a OR nursing.

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Good luck to you Tasha! It must have been difficult for you to make the move, but I am sure that you are happy to be with your Mom, as I am sure she is relieved that you are with her.

What nursing program do you plan to attend while you are in NC?

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I also challenged the CNA I test in NC this past January. Also, I did not take any course (bc I already had 19 credit hours). I just read the book and I passed on the first time. If you have been working as a CNA, you should be just fine. Good luck!

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SDALPN works as a Peds Nurse.

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Whoever is trying to charge you $500 is ripping you off or its exaggerated!

Community colleges are way less than that. I paid $60-75 for my class a couple of years before becoming a nurse. I'm sure its gone up a little. But there is no way its $500 from a reputable school.

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Yeah. You could. Agree with aLeigh1, read some books. No, lots of books. You can study by your own. :)

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DixieRedHead has 20 years experience and works as a ADON.

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Without a doubt, I am not guessing, I know, YES, you can.

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canigraduate works as a RN.

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Sure, you can challenge the CNA I test. There are two parts, written and skills. A first grader can pass the written part. To pass the skills test, go to Pearsonvue.com and download the booklet for NC CNAs. Memorize all the bolded steps for each skill and you will have no trouble passing.

Here is the link to the website that has the candidate handbook and the registration info for the test:

http://www.asisvcs.com/indhome.asp?CPCat=0734NURSE

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