Most states require either a high school diploma or GED in addition to a career-specific training certificate. However, the requirements for obtaining a Certified Nursing Assistant license varies by state.
Although the career-specific training varies from one state to the next, all require the individual to pass a competency exam. Typically the training programs require about 75 hours of classroom instruction and supervised patient-care experience. Classroom instruction typically includes basic nursing skills, infection control, patient rights and emergency medical services. Prior to taking the required competency exam, the individual also needs to pass a criminal background check.
Additional abilities required for Certified Nursing Assistance include excellent communication skills. These individuals have to relay information between nurses and doctors as well as explaining key information directly to patients. In addition to spoken communication, Certified Nursing Assistants frequently need to record data about the patient in their reports. Finally, good interpersonal skills are a valuable asset for individuals in this career path.
While each state has its own requirements for becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, some states do recognize licenses issued from other states. However, the majority of states require the individual to obtain a license within the borders of their state.