Become a CNA in North Dakota

Steps to become a CNA in North Dakota

There are four basic steps to becoming a certified nurse assistant in North Dakota.

  1. Apply for a job at a hospital, hospice, or other nursing facility or organization.  Be sure to show some of the necessary qualities required of nurses such as gentleness, understanding, physical ability to help patients, ability to work well with others, and ability to follow instructions.  Although not absolutely required, a high school diploma is generally preferred.  Previous personal experience such as caring for a sick family member for an extended period of time might also help.
  2. Enter a CNA certification program approved by the North Dakota Department of Health and suggested by the employer.  The employer should cover the cost of the training program.

  3. Pass a written or an oral test administered at the end of the training courses.
  4. After completing the training and the exam, nurse’s aides will then be registered by the state’s Department of Health.  The registration is good for two years.  When this term is up, nurse’s aides will be sent a renewal application, which must be filled out and sent back to the Department along with proof that the aide is still employed by a nursing facility.  If a certified nurse assistant does not work for more than eight hours in a two year period, the training program along with the examination must be retaken when a nurse is once again employed.

If a prospective nurse’s aide fails to find employment, steps 2 through 4 can still be completed, but the applicant must pay for the fees and textbooks of the training program his/herself.  Then the applicant may find it easier to gain employment.  However, make sure that the training program covers the specific tasks needed for a particular nursing job.


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