Virginia CNA Certification and Licensing
Virginia CNA Program Basics
Virginia CNA training programs generally last from 75 to 100+ hours. These programs are divided into written and manual skills training, also known as clinicals. Classroom instruction in the longest courses may last as long as 80 hours with an additional 30 to 40 hours in manual skills training. All courses, whether administered by employers or other outlets, must adhere to the federal minimum regulations set forth in 1987 by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.
Virginia CNA Training Requirements
Training may be held in an employer’s facility where most of the manual skills training portion will be conducted on the units where residents or patients reside. The instruction is completed under the supervision of an RN. During the clinicals, the students will learn and hone the skills they will need to provide proper care to the residents on their units.
Virginia CNA Examination Information
At the end of training, the students may sit for the state's final exam. This exam is used by all states and is required by federal mandate. All examinations have two portions, a written multiple-choice test and a demonstration of the manual skills the CNA has learned during training. Five skills are chosen by the proctor or administrator of the test and must be performed as they aide would perform them on a patient. Usually the skills are demonstrated on a classmate that has passed the test or on actors. The test must be passed in full before the student can be certified and placed on the state's nurse aide registry. Failure to pass will require the student to re-take the exam at a later date. If the student cannot pass the examination in three tries, they will need to retake training.
Virginia CNA Certification Reciprocity
LPN or RN students, along with aides from other states that have completed training but have not completed testing may petition the state to allow them to challenge the final exam without further training. If the challenger fails, they must take a course in Virginia or they will not be eligible to try the test again. Aides from other states that have completed testing and hold a certificate in good standing in the other state may petition Virginia for reciprocity.
Virginia CNA Certification Renewal
Renewal of certification is every twenty-four months. The aide must complete all paperwork in full and prove that they have been employed for pay during that time period. Failure to complete the required forms or provide proof of at least 8 hours of employment will result in the aide needing to re-take the state's test or possibly even training.