The Five Steps to CNA Certification
1. Complete an Approved CNA Training Program
Grab your pen and paper, you’re going back to school! Your first step to becoming a CNA is to complete an approved CNA training program. Many programs take several months, but fast track schools offer options to complete your CNA program in as little as one week. Gabriel Health Institute students graduate in just week and enjoy free childcare and flexible class times.
2. Submit Your CNA Application
After completing your CNA training program, you will need to submit your license application. The application asks for basic information, along with any criminal history. Answer honestly here; your fingerprint-based criminal background check will tell the whole story.
Your application is where you will provide information about your Gabriel Health Institute certification course. You will need to submit a document showing completion of your CNA training program.
3. Pass Your Background Check
Certification also depends on clearing a fingerprint-based criminal background check and demonstrating an acceptable personal and professional history. The state will run a thorough background check once you submit your fingerprints. Florida’s nursing board will review and convictions and some felonies to determine whether you are eligible to get your license.
4. Pay All Processing Fees
Fees included in becoming a CNA include an application fee, fingerprint check fee, and examination fee. If you are already working as an aide or have a job secured, you may be able to get your employer to cover your certification fees.
5. Pass the CNA Certification Exam
Florida candidates must pass the certification exam in two parts: written and clinical.
- The written part of the exam is multiple-choice. You can expect 90 minutes to answer 60 questions in this portion.
- The clinical part of the exam involves carrying out a sampling of actual nursing assistant duties. This portion generally covers five basic CNA skills, plus hand washing and indirect care. A nurse aide evaluator will score your performance here. This portion of the exam generally takes 30 – 40 minutes and is dependent on which activities you must perform.
You’re a CNA! (or Retake the Certification Exam)
Congratulations! Once you pass your CNA exam, you will be immediately certified and should receive your official CNA certificate a few weeks afterward.
Didn’t pass? No worries. You will have a total of three opportunities within two years to pass each portion of the CNA exam. Gabriel Health Institute students have a 98% pass rate on their first attempt. All students pass by their second exam.
Contact us today at 407-777-9778 or info@GabrielHealth.org for more information on GHI’s fast track CNA programs.
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