Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

I was a CNA in PA and my certificate expired in 2005. I now live in Ohio and wanted to know if I have to start all over or if I can just take the CNA exam. I have just graduated from Southwestern College in Franklin Ohio where I received a Medical Assistant diploma.
Because your nurse aide certification has expired, your status is no longer active on the Pennsylvania CNA registry. This makes you ineligible for transferring your credentials to Ohio. To work as a certified nurse aide in Ohio, you need to complete a nursing assistant training program and pass the competency exam in this state. To see if any coursework completed in the medical assistant program may count towards the nurse aide training and also to make sure that the information above is correct, you should call and speak with a representative from the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry at (800) 582-5908 (in-state) or (614) 752-9500 (out-of-state).

I have recently acquired my CNA certificate for the state of Ohio. I'm moving to the state of Arkansas in two months. What will I have to do to get it changed over from a different state? I also have more than 10 years of experience in this field.
Having an active nursing assistant certification in Ohio makes you eligible to transfer your credentials to Arkansas. First contact the Arkansas Office of Long Term Care at (501) 682–1807 to request the nurse aide reciprocity forms. Once your application for reciprocity is approved, you have to apply and challenge the Arkansas CNA exam. Passing the nursing assistant competency test in Arkansas will result in certification and eligibility to work as a CNA in this state. The application to challenge the Arkansas nursing assistant exam may be found here (complete and send this application after you have been approved for reciprocity): Arkansas Nursing Assistant Eligibility Screening Application.

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How can I get the free CNA training videos and CNA practice exams? Can you mail them to me?

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When does my CNA license expire?

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What is a Nursing Assistant?

A CNA is an entry level, certified healthcare worker. To obtain CNA certification, a nursing assistant trainee must complete a series of courses which teach the student basic skills needed to assist with patient care. A nurse aide is knowledgeable about client safety and transportation, assisting with activities of daily living, communicating with clients and nursing staff, performing basic procedures such as taking vital signs and weighing, and recording intake and output. A certified nursing assistant spends the majority of their working time at the patient's bedside, providing comfort, hygiene, and support.


State approved CNA training programs teach nurse aide trainees how to become competent care givers. The theoretical section of a nursing assistant program is augmented by the clinical portion, by reinforcing and practicing the knowledge gained in the classroom. The length of a nurse aide course depends on the facility providing the training. Some programs may require as little as three weeks to complete, while others may take two to three months. Fast paced courses are not for everyone, and students have the option to enroll in lengthier programs such as those offered by community colleges. A nurse aide trainee who completes the training is eligible to take the CNA exam. Passing this important examination results in certification and listing on the state nurse aide registry.


Employment opportunities for certified nursing assistants are numerous. The skills of a CNA are needed especially in hospitals, long term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. Other nursing assistant job opportunities exist in the community, such as Home Health Aide. Hospitals may offer educational opportunities and financial incentives to nursing assistants who wish to continue their education and become licensed vocational nurses, or registered nurses.

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