CNA Training In Alabama

by Maria Pavel on February 26, 2011

Since the passing of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act by Congress in 1987, Alabama put together a Certified Nursing Assistant program of its own. This law makes it legal for each state to govern the standards of health care in long-term facilities such as nursing homes.

Now, the Alabama Department of Health can approve Certified Nursing Assistant training programs all through Alabama. It also maintains the CNA registry list of those that can legally work in the long-term health care facilities.

In order to work as a CNA in Alabama, one must successfully complete a training program approved by the state, pass the Certified Nursing Assistant State Examination in the writing and skills area, and pass a criminal background check. Once you’ve been cleared to work as a CNA in Alabama, you can expect your average salary to be around $10 an hour or $21,000 annually.

Each training program will vary from another one but they all must adhere to the standards set by the state. This means that you must have a total of 75 hours of training. These are broken down into classroom learning and hands-on or clinical learning. If you’re a CNA in another state and relocate to Alabama, you must obtain employment in a long-term health care facility before applying for reciprocity. Once you’re granted reciprocity, you can be put on Alabama’s registry.

Following are some of the state approved CNA training programs in Alabama:

1. Easter Seals Central Alabama, 2125 E. South Boulevard, Montgomery, Alabama 36111. The tuition is $1,150 for 5 weeks of intensive training by a qualified Registered Nurse. Also included are 2 uniforms, 1 lab coat and 1 pair of shoes, a watch, a stethoscope, a textbook, the CNA exam fee, a background check, drug screen, and TB test.

2. Gadsden State Community College, 1001 George Wallace Drive, Gadsden, AL 35902-0227. Tuition plus fees pays for 2 semesters of 25 credit hours. Limit of 10 students per semester.

3. J.F. Drake State Technical College, 3421 Meridian Street N, Huntsville, AL 35811. This school has a 10 day program of 8 hours daily at a cost of $445.00.

4. C.A. Fredd Campus, 3401 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. This program consists of 13 credit hours per semester for a total cost of $1,908.00.

You can find the complete list of state approved CNA training programs in Alabama by referring to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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Daniela March 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I am testing in Vermont to gain my LNA this spring. I am hoping to attend the University of Alabama and if I wanted to work as a LNA/CNA would I have to retest or would my license be valid in Alabama? Thanks.

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