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Become a CNA in Montana

Steps to Becoming a CNA in Montana

If you want to become Certified Nurse Assistant, or CNA, in Montana, then you'll need to complete an approved CNA certification program, take a nationally-certifying exam, and apply for entry in the Registry of the states Board of Nursing. By following these steps, you'll be able to do just this.


First off, you'll need to find a CNA training program in good standing with the State of Montana. You get a list from the Department of Public Health itself or call and ask director of the program in which you are interested.

There is a whole range of types of facilities to which you can go to complete your CNA training. Of course, most of the programs are offered at community and technical colleges, sponsored by the school itself or quite commonly the American Red Cross, but larger, more established hospitals and private clinics, as well as old folks homes, all occasionally provide CNA training at reduced rates in exchange for a promise to work for them for a set amount of time after graduation.

Once you've picked your online or campus based Montana CNA certification program, it shouldn't take too long to work through it. Standard length is from one hundred to 150 hours, generally split between classroom study of general medical and legal topics, and then on-the-job training under the supervision of an allied health professional of some sort.

Upon completing the program, you'll have to take and pass the Nurse Aide exam, a test costing around $60 dollars that you'll need to pass. It can be repeated several times if necessary, at discount, and consists of two parts- a written general knowledge test, and a simulated clinical test using an actor as a patient.
           
Once you've passed the test, the Montana Department of Nursing should receive notification and add you to the states CNA registry, which, once on, means you'll be able to work, keep working, or start applying for jobs as a CNA in the state.


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