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How to become a CNA
Certified Nursing Assistants have two nation-wide requirements for practice. First, CNAs must complete a state-approved training program. Second, CNAs must pass their state’s competency exam in order to become certified. These state CNA training programs offer curriculum in the basic principles of nursing as well as supervised clinical work. Further state-based requirements for CNAs vary. This page explains how to become a CNA in Arizona.
Becoming a CNA in Arizona
The State of Arizona requires all Certified Nursing Assistants to have successfully completed training at one of the Arizona State Board of Nursing approved healthcare certification training programs.
In order to achieve and maintain certification, the State of Arizona requires Certified Nursing Assistants to provide proof of the following:
- TB testing
- Hepatitis B vaccination (within the last 12 months)
- valid CPR/First Aid cards
- no felony convictions within the last five years
- be at least 16 years of age
- social security card
The federal government requires practicing CNAs to complete 12 hours of continuing education per year. Individual employers may require more.
What to learn and where to learn it
What education or training is available for someone learning how to become a CNA? CNA training programs can be found in community colleges, vocational schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Western Career Training offers an Arizona State Board of Nursing approved CNA training program. WCT’s Certified Nursing Assistant training program provides students 60 classroom hours, 20 lab hours, and 40 clinical hours (required). Any clinical training will be accredited to a licensed healthcare facility. This program focuses on preparing students for the CNA certification exam given by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The program features the following subject areas:
- Infection control
- Personal care
- Mental health
- Care impaired
- Resident rights
- Data collection
- Basic nursing skills
- Role and responsibility
- Disease process
- Older adult growth & development
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