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Become a CNA in Hawaii

How to Become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Hawaii

  1. The first step to becoming a CNA in Hawaii is to get a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Next, enroll in and complete a state approved nursing assistant training program. The program must contain a minimum of 100 hours of training. Of those hours, 30 hours must be classroom oriented. The remaining 70 hours must consist of clinical, hands-on training supervised by either a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

    *Training program must be in accordance with the Medicaid Agency, the Department of Health and Services (DHS), and the Red Cross of Hawaii.

    State approved nurse assistant programs in Hawaii are offered by:

        • American Red Cross
        • Health care institutes
        • Online schools

    Community colleges in:

        • Hilo
        • Kahului
        • Honolulu
        • Wailuku
        • Kauai
        • Oahu
        • Maui

  3. Upon completion of a Hawaii CNA certification program, students can qualify to register for the state examination for nursing assistants. This examination is administered by the American Red Cross. By successfully passing examination, students are deemed a State of Hawaii Certified Nurse Assistant, or CNA. Recertification is necessary every two years ($35).The application to register for examination in Hawaii requires the following:
  • Submitting proof of the completion of a DHS state approved CNA training program.
  • Criminal background information
  • CNA revocation or suspension information
  • Current employment information
  • Payment of a $250 testing fee

For further details contact:

Nursing Aide Testing Program
Hawaii State Chapter
4155 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816-4417


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