Alabama CNA Certification and Licensing
Alabama CNA Program Entry
Entry into a certified nursing aide training program does not require a high school diploma or GED, unless specified by the training facility. The Alabama Department of Health does not set this requirement. This allows high school students that are interested in entering the nursing field to complete the training before graduation. Upon graduation, students may find employment as a CNA while working towards another nursing degree if they desire. Most employers require that their CNAs are at least 18 years of age; so recent high school graduates may need to wait before applying for employment. Applicants to the program must fill out an application and have a clean criminal background.
Alabama CNA Program Specifics
The Alabama CNA Training Program requires at least 75 hours of training, both classroom-based and clinical (hands on). Certain college programs extend the hours to 140 before students graduate. Upon completion of the program, prospective CNAs must still take and pass the CNA exam approved by the Alabama State Department of Health. This test is known as the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program. The exam consists of two parts, a written and a hands-on. Examinees must pass both sections to gain their Alabama CNA certification. Students that have completed CNA training must take the assessment exam within 24 months completion. If not, the student must retake the training.
Alabama CNA Certification Renewal
Alabama certified nurse aides must renew their license every two years. Some employers will pay for or reimburse their CNAs for renewal. To qualify for renewal, the CNA must have worked at least 40 hours in the previous year as a CNA. A few weeks before the license expires, the Nurse Aide Registry will send the required paperwork. A nurse aide that does not complete the required renewal will need to re-take the CNA training program in most instances and also retake the CNA exam.
Alabama CNA Certification Transfer
A nurse aide that is moving into Alabama from another state may be able to transfer their CNA certification with them. The certification must be in good standing - this means there cannot be any record of abuse or neglect on the CNA's record. The license must also be active. There is a fee to transfer the license to Alabama; an employer may pay the fee. A CNA may not be able to transfer their certification if they do not have an employer to sponsor them.