breeqt. . .the CNA registries are maintained by a Nurse Aid Registry in each state of the United States often under the state's Department of Health. Most states have provisions in their CNA laws that allow nursing students to take the CNA certification exam if they have completed the first clinical semester of their licensed nursing program, so it is unlikely that you will have to take a CNA training course. However, you will need to verify that I am telling you the correct information and that you can take the CNA exam in your state by educational exception. You can find links to your state CNA Nurse Aid Registry on this thread on the CNA-Nursing Assistant Forum on allnurses: https://allnurses.com/forums/f265/co...es-171787.html
(Complete List of CNA Registries). Through this thread, you will find a link to your state CNA registry and either be able to get this information on their website or get a contact phone number of the correct place to call to get this information rather than depending on asking around and hoping to find someone with the correct answer. Good luck!
FYI. . .the CNA registries, in general, govern the CNAs practicing in home health care and long term care (nursing homes) facilities. They don't always cover people who work as nurse techs or whatever the acute hospitals are calling their nursing assistants, although the laws may be different from state to state. The state CNA registries are mandated under federal law and minimally only apply to CNAs for nursing homes and home health care. Often a student nurse can apply to an acute hospital for work as a nurse tech or patient care tech and be hired without needing CNA certification. Again, you still need to look at the laws of your state. You will often find the benefits offered by an acute hospital to be more comprehensive than what is offered by smaller nursing homes and home health agencies. Most acute hospitals will usually offer better tuition reimbursement benefits to their employees. If you are having trouble finding information about your state CNA registry a call to the nurse recruiter of a local hospital or the Director of Nursing at a local nursing home will get you this information quite easily.