Long Term Care Certification
According to longtermcareliving.org, 33 million seniors will reside in America by the year 2030, and one-fifth of them will need long-term care in some form. Also, people who are 85 years and older are among the most rapidly growing segment of America’s population. It is no wonder, then, that the average American long-term care provider earns $58,000 per year; they are definitely in demand and will be in increasing demand in the near future.
However, once one completes his or her long-term care provider education and training, he or she will still need to be become
Long-Term Care Certification Information
In most states, nursing aides and other long-term care providers must complete a certain state-sponsored curriculum to be awarded a certification in the long-term care field. For example, aspiring long-term care nurses in New Jersey must complete the state’s curriculum for Nurse Aide in Long-Term Care Facilities Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) or the New Jersey Curriculum for Personal Care Assistants (PCA) if they wish to become employed at a long-term care facility or an assisted living facility, respectively. The training course for the NATCEP is 90 hours. These hours need to include at least 40 clinical hours and 50 classroom hours. In contrast, the training course for the PCA is 85 hours. These hours must include 69 classroom hours, along with 16 clinical hours at an assisted living facility, assisted living program, or comprehensive personal care home within the state.
Those who wish to become long-term care providers will find that most states have similar requirements to those that are listed above.
Long-Term Care Certification through Reciprocity or Equivalency
In most states, long-term care providers who are certified in a different state but would like to work in the long-term care field in that particular state will be eligible for admission in that state, as long as they meet the following conditions: 1. The new state’s long-term care department needs to be provided with documentation from the registry of the previous state or U.S. territory that proves that the person has satisfied a training and competency evaluation program that is, at the very least, equal to the training and competency evaluation programs of the new state. 2. The applicant must be free of convictions of all crimes and have no record of neglect, abuse, or misappropriation of resident property in his or her previous state or U.S. territory. 3. The applicant must agree to and pass a criminal background check. This includes finishing a criminal background investigation application and allowing fingerprints to be taken via a live scan process. Long-Term Care Certification via Alternate Training Methods Here is a list of people in most states who may take a state-sponsored written and oral exam for long-term care providers without having to complete the required long-term care courses and training requirements:
- Students, graduate nurses, and nurses who are licensed abroad and are pending licensure in that state.
- Applicants who are certified to work in a long-term care facility in another state by a government agency in that state.
- Nursing applicants who have experience and training as a nurse aide in the military, or who have training that is equivalent to that of a nurse aide.
- Applicants who are been certified as homemaker health aides by the state’s nursing board.
Long-Term Care Provider Recertification Requirements
Long-term care providers who seek to be recertified in a given state will be subject to the following criteria in most states:
- Applicants must have a current and valid license to work in a long-term care facility, or they must have a certificate to work as a personal care assistant.
- Applicants must have been employed in a licensed long-term care facility or a related health care facility within the past two years from the current license’s expiration date.
- Applicants must have never had their license suspended or revoked for any reason.
- Applicants must pass a comprehensive criminal history check, including fingerprinting, before the expiration date of the current license. For a complete list of licensure information for long-term care providers in each state, go to http://www.longtermcareeducation.com/statebystate_information/.