Becoming a CNA in Texas
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What is Involved in Completing CNA Training in Texas?
Becoming certified as a nurse aide in Texas means that you will be able to work in any nursing home or long term care establishment. However, there is a few requirements that must be completed in order to receive your certification in Texas. For starters, you must finish a CNA training program that is approved by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (or DADS). Next, you must pass the Nurse Aide Exam as mandated by the state.
When both the approved program and exam have been completed and passed, you will be placed on the state registry for nurse aides – listed as having CNA certification and credential to work in Texas as a nurse assistant. To review the complete process of becoming certified in Texas, consider the following:
Enrollment and Completion of CNA Classes in Texas
Step 1: Research program options.
CNA training programs in Texas can be found at junior colleges, medical training centers, high schools, rehabilitation centers and veterans’ homes. Texas is home to an incredible number of training facilities for aspiring CNAs with more than 400 programs to consider statewide. As you explore CNA classes in your area, don’t forget to review the differences in cost, length, financial aid opportunities, and pass rates.
The training program that you select must include CNA classes that amount to a minimum of 100 hours of training, which include no less than 40 hours of clinical training spent in a medical setting. The hands-on training and experience received will help sharpen skills that are tested on the final exam to obtain certification.
Step 2: Ensure eligibility to enroll in a program.
People that choose to pursue CNA certification in Texas will need to meet a few prerequisites before they are eligible to complete the enrollment process. For instance, most schools require nurse aide candidates to have earned a high school diploma or GED, and be at least 18 years of age. Those who have not completed high school often demonstrate the expected level of reading and comprehension skills by passing an entrance exam.
Program applicants must also undergo a criminal background check (fingerprint method) and pass a full health screening before taking classes. Additionally, you must produce proof of being up-to-date on immunizations and having a negative TB test.
Step 3: Complete your CNA training.
Through a blend of classroom instruction and hands-on training, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills necessary for carrying out the duties of a nurse aide. Just some of the subjects you will cover include how to handle emergency situations; communicating with mentally ill patients; recognizing resident foul play or abuse; sanitation procedures and infection control; helping residents cope with impending death; and learning the proper grooming procedures of incapacitated patients.
In addition to completing your training program’s curriculum, you are also expected to obtain a CPR training certificate.
Available Programs in Texas State
|Arlington Career Institute||901 Ave K, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050||Program cost||Financial Aid||Request Information|
|RGV Careers||1200 West Polk Avenue, Pharr, Texas 78577-2106||Program cost||Financial Aid||Request Information|
|Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies||345 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, Texas 78596||Program cost||Financial Aid||Request Information|
|Career Point College||4522 Fredericksburg RD Suite A-18, San Antonio, Texas 78201||Program cost||Financial Aid||Request Information|
|South Texas College||3201 W Pecan, McAllen, Texas 78502-9701||Program cost||Financial Aid||Request Information|
CNA Testing Procedures and Applying for CNA Certification in Texas
Step 1: Register to take your certification exam.
Upon completion of CNA classes, you are now eligible to register to take the CNA certification exam. Pearson Vue is in charge of administering the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP), and you will need to submit an application with the requested documentation and payment of applicable fees in order to register for the exam.
Occasionally, the institution where you received your CNA training will also serve as a testing site, but you can also find test locations by contacting Pearson Vue.
Step 2: Prepare for the test.
Studying for your CNA exam ensures that the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired through your training program are still fresh in your mind. Taking practice tests before you sit for the official exam is another way to adequately prepare.
Step 3: Pass the CNA certification exam.
The exam you need to pass in order to earn your certification as a nurse aide is comprised of two parts: a written (or oral) section and a skills assessment. The written portion of the exam consists of 70 multiple-choice questions that test your knowledge and understanding related to the nurse aide position. During the skills assessment section, you will need to successfully complete four out of five nurse aide tasks, which ranges from demonstrating patient care to taking and recording a measurement, such as a ‘patient’s’ weight.
If you successfully complete both part of the exam, your name will be added to the Texas State Nurse Aide Registry. Paper proof of this accomplishment will be mailed to your home, or you can print your certificate via the Internet.
Step 4: Start looking for a job.
Having your name added to the state registry means that potential employers can verify your status as a qualified candidate for a job position. To attract the attention of area recruiters, it is suggested to create a resume online, and begin your search for CNA jobs as soon as possible.
CNA job openings in Texas are expected to grow by 28% over the next decade. On average, the CNA salary within the state is reported as being $22,000 annually. However, increased salaries are found in various locales throughout Texas. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that Tyler, Texas represented one of the highest-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation in the U.S. in 2015.
For more information on becoming a CNA in Texas, contact the following:
Texas Dept. of Aging & Disability Services – Licensing & Credentialing Regulatory Services
701 W. 51st St., Austin, Texas 78751
Phone: (512) 438-2050