August 20, 2017

How to Achieve CNA Certification in MI

CNA stands for certified nurse aide or assistant.  CNAs work in nursing homes and healthcare facilities, attending the elderly and/or infirm.  Becoming a registered CNA is a good opportunity to work in the healthcare system.

All details of CNA certification in MIcan be found through Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).  Here you will find details of the state approve curriculum and details of the test.  The website also provides a list of institutions that offer training.  Michigan does not recognize online courses.

CNA certification in MIrequires that all prospective CNAs do a 75 hour state approved training course.  There are over 200 institutions offering the course throughout the state of Michigan. Training covers all tasks and information needed to be an effective nurse aide and trainees receive a certificate once they have completed the course.

Following the course, all trainees must pass a competency exam. This exam is provided by Prometric.  There are two parts to the test and candidates must pass both.  The knowledge test is computerized and consists of 60 questions to be answered in 90 minutes.  On completing the test will get your results, however this is not an official assessment and the results still need to be authorized.  A practice test is available through Prometric. The Clinical Skills test assesses candidates on 5 skills and lasts 35 minutes.

If you were a nurse aide in another state and would like CNA certification in MI, you must apply for exemption through the state.  You may be able to work while you are waiting for exemption if the nursing facility agrees, however you may still need to sit the test to get a Michigan nurse aide certificate.


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