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Can i still work as a CNA with only a certificate?

Hi All. Im a 34 yr mom to 3, married for 15 yrs and am for the first time stepping out and doing something for me :yeah:. Ive always wanted to become a nurse and figured CNA would be the best place to start and get my feet wet. :)

I start CNA class in Dec and was wondering. Once i complete the class and get the certificate, do i need to take the exam to work as a CNA. Im new to the whole College/Class/Training center thing. I went from high school into marriage and being a mommy, so im clueless in it all. Any advice is appreciated :D

Thanks.

You will probably receive a certificate of completion from your CNA school. Then you need to take the written and skills test to receive your CNA certificate and number from your state certification authority. Your school should explain this process and assist the students in completing the required forms and application. You will need to do the background check also. It has a fee all to itself. All of this should be explained on the first day of school. If it isn't, feel free to ask your instructor. Good luck and hope you enjoy your class and your career as a CNA.

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Depends on the rules of the state that you are wanting to work, and the facility. Some Nursing Homes will hire you to work prior to you test with something like , CNA required within 30-90 days or some such.

Depends on the rules of the state that you are wanting to work, and the facility. Some Nursing Homes will hire you to work prior to you test with something like , CNA required within 30-90 days or some such.

I've heard this too :) Around here they call it cna helper, you make less and can't do any licensed cna duties until you pass the state test. The day you do, they up your pay (usually 2 or so dollars) and you get right to work!

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