Montana CNA Certification and Licensing
Montana CNA Program Basics
Montana offers many training options for people interested in becoming a certified nurse assistant. According to federal regulations, aides must have at least 75 hours of training. The training must consist of classroom instruction and manual skills training, also known as clinicals. High schools, community centers, community colleges, and employers offer this course.
Montana CNA Training Requirements
To be eligible to sit for the state examination students must have completed the training in full or have completed training in a similar healthcare field. Those people that have completed a different type of training that meets the qualifications set forth by the state may challenge the nurse aide exam. Nursing students are one example, as these students have completed coursework that consists of nursing basics similar to or surpassing those set forth in CNA training. The curriculum includes basic nursing, patient rights, infection control, personal emergency safety, fire safety, and general HIPPA standards for all healthcare workers.
Montana CNA Examination Requirements
The Montana exam is similar to exams given by all 50 states. There is a written section and a manual skills evaluation. The written examination must be passed with a satisfactory score before the test taker can move on to the manual part of the exam. In the skills evaluation, the examiner will choose up to 5 skills that the aide will be using on a regular basis. Taking vitals, patient transfer, dressing, or even brushing teeth/dentures could be chosen as the skills to perform. The manual skills will be performed on either the examiner or a classmate.
Montana CNA Certification Reciprocity
Transfer of certified nursing certification to Montana from another state is a simple process compared to some states. The aide that wishes to move their certification to Montana should provide proof of identification, Montana residency, and proof of an active certification in the state they were certified in. The certificate must be in good standing with no convictions of neglect or abuse of patients. The transferring aide will provide all of the above paperwork and fill out an Interstate Endorsement form. After a satisfactory review, the aide will receive a Montana CNA certificate.
Montana CNA Certification Renewal
Renewal is handled according to the regulations put forth by the federal government. Aides must have worked at least 8 hours for pay in the preceding 24 months in either a facility or a private setting. Aides that have worked in a private setting may need to provide proof of their employment if they were not employed by a home health agency. Renewal fees are to be paid at the time of renewal and all paperwork must be submitted on or before the certificate's expiry date. Montana has no grace period for lapsed certifications.