Vermont CNA Certification and Licensing
Vermont CNA Program Basics
Training for certified nurse aides in Vermont is slightly different than other states. For example, in Vermont, CNAs are referred to as Licensed Nursing Assistants or LNAs. The applicants to the LNA program must have a high school diploma or a GED. The state also recommends that certain optional courses be completed: anatomy, biology, health, and English.
Vermont CNA Training Requirements
In addition to the required (federal mandated) course of at least 75 hours, with a written and clinical training portion, Vermont LNAs must provide proof of a three-hour course in basic nursing skills. Another thirty hours of clinical instruction may also be required. These thirty hours must be completed in an approved facility under the supervision of a nurse (RN or LPN).
Vermont CNA Examination Information
Upon completion of the training course, the student may sit for Vermont's final LNA examination. On the day of testing the student must bring proof of identification, proof of education (HS Diploma or GED), two No.2 pencils, a passport sized photo, and be dressed in their clinical scrubs. The test has a 72 question written exam. This portion must receive a passing grade for the student to move on to the manual skills evaluation. The proctor or administrator of the exam will test the students on five manual skills. The student must perform these skills on either a previous student that has passed the entire test or an actor. All that challenge the test may only sit for the exam three times. If a passing grade is not achieved, training must be retaken.
Vermont CNA Certification Reciprocity
CNAs from other states may apply for reciprocity in Vermont. To obtain reciprocity, the aide must provide proof that their certificate or license in the state they have been trained and certified in is in good standing. There can be no accusations or convictions of abuse or neglect on the record. An application for reciprocity must be completed, along with a release for a nationwide criminal background check release.
Vermont CNA Certification Renewal
Renewal of certification in Vermont differs from many other states, as Vermont requires that the aide must have worked at least fifty days in the previous two years. The LNA must provide proof of this for-pay employment. Several months before certification is due for renewal, the state will mail forms to the LNA to complete and return. Lapsed certifications may require re-testing before the LNA can renew their certificate. It is imperative that LNAs notify the LNA registry if their name or address has changed or the aide may not receive the forms needed to renew, which will result in additional fees and possible re-testing.