There are some specific guidelines set forth by the District of Columbia for individuals who want to become certified nursing assistants. A training course that is approved by D.C. must be completed. The program will not be approved unless it includes at least 45 hours of classroom time, 30 hours of lab studies and another 45 hours of clinical coursework. After finishing all 120 hours (sometimes more) of training, students can sit for the certification exam. Courses are intensive and intended to make certain that all nursing assistants are ready to provide the best level of care. In fact, the District of Columbia does not allow people to sit for the certification exam for any reason (including certification in another state) unless they complete a D.C. approved course.
The exam must be passed (both sections) before students can receive their nursing assistant certification. Training programs are available in the District of Columbia through nursing care facilities, community and technical college and other continuing education facilities. Sometimes individuals can even receive their training for free or be compensated for the tuition and fees paid for prior certification. Completion of nursing assistant certification usually allows an individual to earn at least $24, 500 per year. Of course, some individuals with more training or more responsibilities will earn even more.
How long does it take to receive the results after taking the CNA competency exam?
In usual circumstances it takes around 10 days to get your results from the time you finish your exam. If you have passed both your exam you will receive your certification in that mail or you’ll get instructions on how to claim your certification, However if you have failed any part of the exam you will receive a details report on what your mistakes were and with it is attached a form to re-take your exams. The 2 parts are marked differently and if you fail one, you do not have to take that exam again, you only re-take the exam that you failed.
I moved in DC from Florida where i was certified, will that work here?
You can have you certificate transferred to DC through a process called reciprocity, this basically means you can transfer your currently active license from your previous state to DC without retaking the test again. This requires a few paper-work that you will be need to fill out and send it to the nurse aide registry for approval. Once they get your reciprocity application they will do a background check to ensure you do not have any criminal records and that you have a license that is valid for you to practice your job in your current state.
Training Schools Available to take your course:
Nurse Aide Programs in District of Columbia
Bethel Training Institute CNA Training Course – Washington
824 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
St. Mary’s Health Institute LLC. CNA Certification Class – Washington
4515 14th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011
Capitol Health Institute Nurse Aide Program – Washington
7826 Eastern Ave., Washington, DC 20012
Comprehensive Health Academy Certified Nursing Assistant Training School – Washington
1106 Bladensburg Road NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002
J. C. Inc. American Institute of Professional Studies CNA Center – Washington
6411 Chillum Place NW, Washington, DC 20008
Nursing Enterprises Inc. Nursing Assistant Class – Washington
817 Varnum Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Success International School of Allied Health Sciences, Inc. CNA Course – Washington
1916 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20018
University of the District of Columbia Nurse Aide Training Course – Washington
410 8th Street NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20004
VMT Education Center CNA Training Center – Washington
4201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
These are just a few of the Centers we could find that provide cna training, we will update this page when we get new schools in DC.