Louisiana CNA Registry Certification Classes
CNA Certification Classes in Louisiana
In order to become a certified nurse aide in Louisiana and be listed on the Louisiana CNA Registry, a person needs to complete the nurse aide training requirements which are laid out by the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH). The training requirements are that a person completes 40 hours of state approved CNA classes in Louisiana, completes 40 clinical hours at a care facility, and passes the 2-part state test. There are requirements which a person must meet prior to enrolling in CNA classes in Louisiana.
Louisiana requires CNA’s wishing to begin training to be at least 16 years old, many training programs don’t except students under 18, however the state only requires a person to be 16. The total program hours to be completed are 80. Forty of those hours will be completed at a site working with patients, 16 hours need to be completed prior to having contact with any patients in a facility. If a person is hired by a facility and undergoing training as they begin their employment, they need to complete and pass the test within 60 days of being hired to remain eligible to work as a CNA. After the training hours are complete a person may sit for the Louisiana CNA exam. This test consists of two parts, one part is multiple choice and covers the items learned in the classroom hours, the other part is a clinical test where a person is required to perform skills that a required of a CNA.
Listed as Certified on the Louisiana CNA Registry
Once CNA certification in Louisiana is achieved and that person is added to the Louisiana CNA Registry, that person needs to work at least 8 hours within a 24 month period if they want to be able to renew their Louisiana CNA certification (which expires every 2 years). Otherwise they will be dropped from the Louisiana CNA Registry and need to re-test in order to re-new their certification. If they choose not to re-test to renew, and their CNA certification lapses, then they will need to retrain and retake CNA classes in Louisiana in order to gain back their certification.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals website has additional information on CNA certification and the process of becoming listed on the Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry: dhh.louisiana.gov