Become a CNA in Michigan

How to become a CNA in Michigan

Individuals interested in a career as a CNA in Michigan must complete an academic program, including classroom and clinical training, as well as pass a state exam in order to achieve certification. The state of Michigan requires that every nurse aide training program must have at least 75 hours of instruction and there are programs for both high school students as well as adults. The Department of Community Health, Bureau of Health Professions is responsible for the administration of the nurse aide program. This department reviews and approves training programs and contracts with Prometric to develop and administer the tests. Prometric also maintains the Michigan Registry which is the master list of all the certified nurse aides in Michigan.


The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) seeks to elevate the professional standing and performance of caregivers through recognition, advocacy, education and empowerment; while building a strong alliance with health care providers to maximize success and quality care. In addition, the organization provides recognition for outstanding achievements, development training for caregivers, mentoring programs to reduce CNA turnover, and advocacy for issues important to long term care and caregivers.


Steps to become a Certified Nurse Assistant in Michigan

Students interested in a career as a Certified Nurse Assistant in Michigan need to complete a minimum 75-hour nurse aide training program which has been approved by the state. Candidates may choose from over two hundred programs located throughout Michigan. Nurse Aide training programs are offered in high schools, adult education, nursing homes, community colleges, some American Red Cross agencies and a selection of other agencies. Michigan does not recognize on-line programs.

While training programs vary in length, they include instruction on 51 key tasks that a nurse aide performs and for which he or she needs training. Upon successful completion of the training program, students receive a certificate recognizing their completion of the training program.

To apply to take the test, candidates must complete a State of Michigan Competency Evaluation Registration Form and submit that with a copy of their certificate of completion from the training program, to the examination contractor, Prometric. The registration form and testing must be submitted within one year of completing the training program.

Those eligible to test will be sent an Authorization to Test (ATT) and a list of the testing sites in Michigan. Candidates schedule an appointment to test and have one year to pass the clinical test and then the written test.  Additional information is available at the Prometric website at www.prometric.com/nurseaide/mi.

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