Washington, DC CNA Certification and Licensing
Washington, DC CNA Program Basics
To become a certified nurse assistant or aide in Washington, DC the person must be able to comprehend the English language at a fourth grade level. The nurse assistant shall be provided information on the policies governing admission, retention, dismissal, and the course requirements of the nurse aide-training program in writing and each person must be free of communicable disease as verified in writing by a licensed physician.
Washington, DC CNA Training Requirements
Each nurse aide-training program shall provide one hundred twenty hours of training for each trainee before he or she may be certified as a nurse aide. Each nurse aide-training program shall include training in the following areas - Forty-five hours of classroom instruction; Thirty hours of clinicals; and Forty-five hours of nursing home practicums. The training program shall prepare each nurse aide to communicate and interact with residents, families, and other members of the health team; demonstrate sensitivity to resident's emotional, social, and mental health needs; assist residents with self-care deficits while promoting functional independence; help to ensure and protect the resident's rights; and observe, report, and document the conditions and changes relating to the residents' physical and psycho-social well-being.
Washington, DC CNA Certification Reciprocity
If a certified nursing aide from another state has qualified as a credentialed CNA in that state, but that state does not require successful completion of a competency evaluation program approved by the District of Columbia, the person may become certified in DC by completing the District’s competency evaluation program. When an CNA has not performed paid nursing or nursing related services in a nursing facility for twenty four consecutive months since the most recent completion of a state approved training program, the nursing facility shall require the individual to complete a new training and competency evaluation program within four months of the first day of employment in the facility.
Washington, DC CNA Certification Renewal
Certified CNA’s must renew their certification once every two years as directed by the Director and shall meet any continuing education requirements established by the Department.