Nurse Aide Training Programs in Wisconsin

The Department of Health Services of Wisconsin has passed new legislation regarding training requirements for all CNA classes in the state. The new rules went into effect on July 1, 2009 and mandate that all nurse aide schools and providers of CNA courses increase the training requirements to one hundred and twenty (120) program hours. The legislation affects all state approved nurse assistant programs which need to adjust their course offerings to reflect these new changes.

How does this affect you and other potential CNA students in Wisconsin? The increase in course hours will be reflected in a program cost increase as well as a longer time period required to complete nurse aide training classes. An increasing number of CNA program providers are already updating the information for classes which will be offered in the summer semesters. Our advice for those interested in becoming a certified nurse aide in Wisconsin is to check with each individual state approved facility or school regarding the updated cost and duration of a CNA training course. You should expect program cost increases of approximately $300 for the additional forty (40) hours of instruction.

CNA Training Schools in Walworth County

Gateway Technical College - Elkhorn
400 County Road H, Elkhorn, WI 53121
Phone: 262-741-8304

Washburn County

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake - Shell Lake
505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-209-7847

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - ELL - Shell Lake
505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 800-243-9482

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - New Rich - Shell Lake
505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-209-7847

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Superior - Shell Lake
505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-468-2815

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland - Shell Lake
505 Pine Ridge Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871
Phone: 715-468-2815

Waukesha County

Linden Grove - Menomonee Falls
W180 N 8071 Town Hall Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
Phone: 262-797-4600

Linden Grove - Mukwonago
837 County Road NN, E, Mukwonago, WI 53149
Phone: 262-797-4600

Linden Grove - New Berlin
13755 W Fieldpointe Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151
Phone: 262-797-4600

Waukesha County Technical College - Pewaukee
800 Main Street, Suite 219, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: 262-691-5585

Waukesha County Technical College - Blackboard
800 Main Street, Suite 219, Waukesha, WI 53186
Phone: 262-691-5243

Linden Grove - Waukesha
425 N University Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone: 262-797-4600

Waupaca County

Wi Veterans Home Ainsworth Hall # 800 - King
N2665 County Road QQ, King, WI 54946
Phone: 715-258-1668

American Red Cross - Waupaca
418 School Street, Waupaca, WI 54981
Phone: 715-258-5055

Winnebago County

Wisconsin CNA Training Center, LLC UW Fox Valley - Neenah
1091 Jacobsen Road, Neenah, WI 54956
Phone: 920-979-4428

Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh
855 N Westhaven Drive, Oshkosh, WI 54904
Phone: 920-456-7795

American Red Cross - Oshkosh
515 S. Washburn Street, Oshkosh, WI 54904
Phone: 715-271-9914

Clarity Care HHA/NA Program - Oshkosh
424 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: 920-236-6560

Wood County

Clarity Care UW Marshfield
2000 West 5th Street, Marshfield, WI 54449
Phone: 715-389-6540

Mid-State Technical College - Wisconsin Rapids
500 32nd Street N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-422-5318

CNA Training Schools in Wisconsin ( Page 1 )

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Amie on September 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I completed the CNA course years ago, and received my license 7 years ago I believe. I was a licensed CNA in Wisconsin however, I never kept this license up. How do I go about getting re-licensed? Do I just need to take the CNA test again? Would I need to take the written and skills test, or just the written test?

Admin on September 03, 2012 at 04:36 PM
To return a lapsed certificate to active status you must re-challenge and pass both parts of the nursing assistant exam. You need to complete the application for competency evaluation, and then schedule and pass the Wisconsin CNA exam. Successfully passing the nursing assistant test results in re-certification. The application may be found here (your eligibility is E5 - nurse aide whose registration has lapsed): National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Application for Competency Evaluation. Once you receive the approval to test, you may choose a test site from a list of available locations. A list of current testing locations may be found here: Wisconsin NNAAP Regional Test Sites and Test Schedules.

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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