Becoming a CNA in Georgia
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Starting with CNA Training in Georgia
If you are considering getting your CNA certification in the state of Georgia, you should start by enrolling in a CNA training program that is approved or accredited by the state’s Board of Nursing. These classes will be geared towards helping you learn the skills necessary to pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam (NNAAP). The backing of a solid education will make all the difference when it comes time to take the examination, so choose your program carefully.
The State of Georgia is one of many states in the U.S. with a rapidly growing elderly population, and is currently projected to demonstrate a great need to hire an increased number of CNAs in the future. For someone who is good at caring for others, especially the elderly and senior citizens, this is a very good opportunity to earn money putting your natural talents to good use. Moreover, since projections indicate an increasing number of elderly in the State of Georgia, there are additional promising career prospects to pursue after completion of a CNA training program and obtaining your certification as a nursing assistant.
Enrollment and Completion of CNA Classes in Georgia
Step 1: Find an approved CNA training program.
CNA training programs are offered at various locations throughout the state, such as high schools and technical colleges, with each one differing in length, cost, pass rates, and job placement statistics for graduates. As you research the possibilities, consider the programs that best meet your personal and financial needs.
Step 2: Meet state requirements for enrolling in a program.
Before an applicant can be accepted into one of Georgia’s state–approved CNA training programs, he or she must fulfill various requirements, including submitting to background checks, two fingerprint cards, a photo ID, and two photos (passport size). A TB test with a negative result in the last six months and proof of immunization is another requirement. Also, students must enter the program holding a high school diploma or GED.
Step 3: Complete required course hours.
Georgia requires CNAs to complete a state-mandated curriculum consisting of a minimum of 85 hours, including classroom and clinical training. In Georgia, twenty four (24) hours of clinical training must take place within a nursing home.
Student nurse aides are not allowed to participate in supervised contact with clients until after completing 16 hours of training in six state-mandated course topics that include communication and interpersonal skills; infection control; safety and emergency procedures; a resident’s or patient’s independence; and resident/patient rights.
When students are cleared to come in contact with residents or patients, they begin hands-on learning of basic nursing skills, including personal care; mental health and social service needs; care of confused residents; and basic restorative services.
Some training institutions may offer additional certifications such as CPR, BBP (blood borne pathogens), First Aid or HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Schools offering these additional certifications will normally charge a higher tuition cost.
Available Programs in Georgia State
|New Horizons Medical Institute||5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd Suite J, Norcross, Georgia 30071||Program cost||Financial Aid||Request Information|
|Oconee Fall Line Technical College||1189 Deepstep Rd, Sandersville, Georgia 31082||Program cost||Financial Aid||Request Information|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-0929||Program cost||Financial Aid||Request Information|
CNA Testing Procedures and Applying for CNA Certification in Georgia
Step 1: Get ready to take the certification exam.
At this point, you will have finished your education, and will be ready to sit for the CNA exam in Georgia. The certification test is administered through Pearson Vue, and the exam can be taken at any one of their training centers. For additional information, you can check out their handbook. And then, don’t forget to visit our online testing modules here to prep for the exam.
Step 2: Pass the exam.
Before a candidate is certified as a CNA (meaning he or she can work in any healthcare facility in the state that is hiring nursing assistants), he or she must send an application to the Georgia National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) to arrange for testing. The CNA exam is administered by Pearson VUE (formerly Promissor), and passing it is required, in order to be placed on the Georgia Medical Care Foundation registry. The examination measures the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in areas related to the nurse aide position.
The exam is a two part examination with a written (or oral) and skills portion. The written exam is in English, while the oral examination can either be in English or Spanish. A candidate has a choice of either one. The written exam consists of 70 multiple-choice questions in English; while the oral exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and 10 multiple-choice comprehension questions, which are all on a tape. A candidate must also pass a skills exam, which evaluates five randomly selected nurse aide’s skills.
Successful candidates will have their names added to the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry. Certification is valid for 24 months after initial acceptance. A letter informing you of your need to renew your credentials is usually sent 3-5 months before expiration. Renewal is free in Georgia, and retesting is only required if you have not worked up to 8 hours in the last two years.
Step 3: Start your job search.
Once you have met all requirements and passed the exam, you qualify for employment as a CNA. Make sure to keep your credentials up to date. CNA certification must be renewed every two years, and your CPR license is renewable every two years as well.
Now that you have become certified, it is important to start marketing yourself to employers. To make it easier for potential employers to find you, we suggest submitting your information to our jobs database by creating a profile and uploading your resume.
Step 4: Consider pursuing additional education.
Many CNAs choose to continue their education and earn advanced nursing credentials that qualify them for higher-paying job opportunities. While the health care field is very rewarding, you may want to move forward in the future and explore the possibilities of becoming a Registered Nurse or LPN.
For additional information regarding CNA certification in Georgia, visit:
Georgia Nurse Aide Registry
Georgia Health Partnership – GMCF
1455 Lincoln Parkway East, Suite 750, Atlanta, GA 30346
Phone: (678) 527-3010 or (800) 414-4358