Oklahoma CNA Certification and Licensing
Oklahoma CNA Program Basics
To become a certified nursing assistant in Oklahoma, a resident should register and complete a CNA training course in full. The state approves of many courses, many of which are in-facility and are provided at no cost to the student. Most employers have programs that are for pay - a paid training course where the student will receive a small amount of hourly pay, typically minimum wage, until the student has completed the course and gained certification. The employer may require that the aide then work for a certain period of time for the facility. After the aide is certified, their rate of pay is raised to the industry standard for the state.
Oklahoma CNA Training Requirements
During training, the student will participate in 70 hours or more of both classroom instruction and clinical training. The classroom instruction consists of the basics of nursing care- infection control, patient personal care, and emergency response procedure. This section of the training prepares the students for the manual skills instruction, which will ultimately give the student the skills needed to work as a CNA in a long-term setting. Manual skills training takes place in the classroom at first, usually performed on the instructor or classmates. Later in the training the students will have a chance to work with real patients under the supervision of their instructor.
Oklahoma CNA Examination Information
At the end of training the students will have learned the information and skills they need to challenge the CNA final examination. This examination is set up in the same way as the training course- a written portion and a manual skills assessment. After successfully completing the written portion of the exam, the student will move on to the manual skills assessment. Students must pass both portions of the exam before they will receive their certification that enables them to work as a CNA in facilities across Oklahoma state.
Oklahoma CNA Certification Renewal
Renewal of certification is based on the federal recommendation of twenty-four months. A certified nurse aide must have worked at least 8 hours in a 48-hour period during the previous twenty-four months to qualify for renewal of their certification. Private care can be considered if the aide worked with a private care company or has kept records of their employment if working as self employed. The state will send the required paperwork to the aide's home or employer at least a month before the expiration of certification. The employer or aide must complete the paperwork in full in order for the renewal to be issued.