CNA Testing

Testing is a necessary part of your your nursing assistant training. This exam will help prepare you for the skills required to preform the job of being a certified nursing assistant and help you meet the requirements of your state. State exams are a requirement to receive your certification. Read on to discover what you can expect when taking a CNA exam.

Once you have been accepted as a nursing assistant at a health facility, you will be required to take an exam for certification. While some health facilities may hire you even though you are not certified, you will still earn more if you will take the exam. With it, you will be able to progress to higher positions. Even though you are not that good in taking exams, there is still hope. After all, nursing assistant testing is different from other types of exams. It is a combination of written and skill-based testing. After all, nurses will only want to hire an assistant that knows what they are doing.

But before you can tackle the exam, you first need to be familiar with it. First, you must know that the nurse aide exam is composed of two parts namely the written part and the clinical part. The written part is usually based on common sense theoretical practices you learned during your classroom instruction. In here, you will be asked about what you have learned and how you are going to tackle the situation. On the other hand, for the clinical exam you will need to physically demonstrate different commonly used skills and tasks. They may bring a patient with them so you can demonstrate your skills in a real-life medical setting. This is a good measure of whether or not you have the capability to cope with the responsibilities of a nursing assistant.

The written part is really not that hard. As long as you have reviewed all of your books and handouts, then you will do well. It is better to study on the same state where you will take the test. Remember that tests may vary depending on the state. This will save you the trouble about wondering why the test is different from the handouts of another state. If you attended your nursing assistance training religiously and you have reviewed all of the paperwork they have given, then you will do well on this part. On the other hand, the clinical part will require more skills than brain power. I have encountered a lot of people who are nervous about this part of the exam. This exam will be executed with another person looking over you. This is done because you are not yet a professional. You may do some things that can endanger the patient’s welfare. With this, it is very important that you have taken your skill training seriously. That way, you will know what to do when the situation calls for it.

As you can see, taking the state examinations is not hard if you made the necessary preparations. This is the reason why CNA training is a must. It will help you to be familiar with all the tasks that you have to do as well as get the knowledge that you need for your written exam.

16 thoughts on “CNA Testing

  1. Tara

    I am interested in becoming a CNA I have 3 yrs hands on experience with a family member. That is what helped me to decide what i wanted to do. I live in baton rouge,La and don’t know where to go to get started. I would appreciate any help getting started.

    Sincerely,
    Tara Celestin

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tara, Currently I see the following nursing assistant schools available for you in the Baton Rouge area:

      Advance Healthcare Institute
      4580 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Suite B,
      Baton Rouge, LA 70809
      (225) 335-4705

      Our Lady of the Lake College
      7434 Perkins Road,
      Baton Rouge, LA 70808
      (225) 768-1700

      Hope this helps, and Good luck!

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  2. stacey brown

    hi i had took both HHA & CNA course at the same time in miami florida, i only got my 75 hr certificate for hha. I did not take my state exam for the CNA. it has already been 1 year. what is the best thing for me to do at this point? should i go back to school in miami or should i retake the cna course, im currently living in delray beach florida.
    Sincerely,
    Stacey Brown.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi, I would try to contact the Florida CNA registry and ask them for help with your situation. Their office is open on Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. You can contact them here – (850) 488-0595 – Hope this helps :)

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  3. Sherrie Bell

    I had a CNA license in the State of Arizona but did not keep it. I went to the community college in Apache Junction Arizona. How do I go about obtaining record of this license and what do I need to do in the way of continuning ed. My legal name Is Sheryl.

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    1. admin Post author

      To check your registration status I would try contacting the Nurse Aide Registration Program for Arizona by calling this phone number: 602-771-7800 The State nurse aide registry for Arizona address is: 4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200 Phoenix, Arizona 85014-3653 You also can verify licensure by entering your certification number in the CNA registry online form: http://www.azbn.gov/onlineverification.aspx

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  4. Leticia Jordan

    I have had on hands training in a hospital and was wondering, do I still have to take certified cna classes before I take the state exam/clinical exam?

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    1. admin Post author

      The certification requirements vary from state to state. Most likely without nurse aide, nurse or military training you will need to enroll in a registry approved class program.

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  5. Kathy Grincavich

    I’ve had two family members I’ve taken care of and think this would be a good occupation for me. The career seems fulfilling but at 51 am I to old?

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    1. admin Post author

      I don’t believe you are ever too old for a nursing related career. In fact in the state of New York in 2010 the average age of nurses was 47 years old. With 75.5% of nurses over the age of 40 and 31% of nurses are over the age of 55 years old.

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  6. Yesenia

    Hi my name is yesenia i live in ontario california i had a cna license but I let it expired it been alredy almost 3 years ago.I would love to know what can I do and this situation please help .

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    1. admin Post author

      You will most likely need to retake the state nurse aide competency exams. You can contact the California Department of Public Health with questions regarding your renewal at: (916) 552-8700 or Toll Free (800) 236-9747.

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  7. Fabinita Franco

    I am a licensed cna of the state of Hawaii and planning to move in California,do I need to go to a cna class again so I can have a license that is approve in the state of California? Or I can use my Hawaii state cna license to apply for a cna job in California. I am looking forward for your reply to my inquiry and I really appreciate it .thank you and have a nice day…ALOHA!

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