Missouri CNA Certification and Licensing
Missouri CNA Program Basics
To become a certified nurse assistant in Missouri a resident will need to complete an intensive training course of at least 75 hours. An additional 100 hours of on the job training is required. Certain people may not need to take the training courses. These individuals may instead choose to challenge the CNA state examination. Anyone that has worked or taken courses that are in the healthcare field and which consisted of certain portions of the CNA training may challenge the examination without taking the nursing assistant course. Nursing students that have completed their coursework but failed the nursing board exam may also challenge the exam.
Missouri CNA Certification Reciprocity
A nurse assistant from another state may only transfer their license or certificate if they can prove they have worked as a CNA in the past two years, are in good standing with the nurse aide registry from the state transferring from, and have a clean criminal background. After review, the aide may take the Missouri final CNA examination without entrance to a state approved training course. A certificate may not be transferred without challenging the final CNA exam.
Missouri CNA Examination Requirements
The examination consists of two parts, a written and a manual skills evaluation. The student or challenger must pass both parts of the course to gain their Missouri certificate. If the student does not read well, the examiner may read the written portion of the exam. State regulations require the test be read in a neutral tone of voice with no additional wording (only what is on the test). If the person taking the test fails, they may re-take the examination during the same day if the examiner agrees to allow it.
Missouri CNA Certification Renewal
Certified nursing assistants in Missouri must renew their certification every two years. To remain active, the CNA must prove they have been employed for at least 8 hours in the preceding 24-month period. 12 hours of in-service (on the job) training must be completed each year if the CNA works in a facility. Those that are employed in a private setting will not need to complete any in-service requirements. A lapse of work in any 5-year period will render the aide's certificate as expired. Inactive CNAs - those with more than two years lapsed status and less than five years may challenge the exam to regain active status. If the certificate has expired, the aide will need to re-take training to be allowed to sit for the state examination again.