Here are some details on how to become one.
Step 1: Enroll in a certified and approved school.
The state of Michigan’s nurse aide certification program is handled by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs under the Bureau of Health Professions. The certification exam is composed of two tests (written and clinical skill evaluation). This is handled by a private company known as the Prometric but is under the Department of Community Health (Michigan). They are also responsible for maintaining the list (Michigan Nurse Aide Registry) of CNAs in Michigan.
The certification is renewed every two years with at least 8 hours of duty as a CNA is required during the previous certification period to qualify for a renewal.
The state of Michigan allows specialization by being a central supply nurse aide, delivery nurse aide, surgery nurse aide, and nursery nurse aide to provide you with a wide array of choices to become a healthcare professional.
The CNA program includes 90 hours of lecture, laboratory and externship. Forty (40) hours will be devoted to theory and fifty (50) hours will be practice in a laboratory and in an actual healthcare setting. The program will lasts within 3-5 weeks.
The CNA program in Michigan includes the following:
• Communication and Interpersonal Skills
• Infection Control
• Safety/Emergency Procedures
• Promoting Resident’s Independence
• Respecting Resident’s Rights
In addition to this, the program also trains to have a complete competency on the following areas:
• Basic Nursing Skills
• Personal Care Skills
• Mental Health and Social Services Needs
• Care of Cognitively Impaired Residents
• Basic Restorative Services
• Resident’s Rights
Here are some lists of schools offering an approved CNA course in Michigan:
• Washtenaw Community College
Address:4800 E Huron River Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 973-3300
• North Central Michigan College
Address: 1515 Howard Street Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (888) 298-6605
• Henry Ford Community College
Address: 5101 Evergreen Road Dearborn, MI 48128
Phone: (313) 845-9600
• Lansing Community College
Address: 210 West Shiawassee Street, Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 483-9700
• Schoolcraft College
Address: 1751 Radcliff Street Garden City, MI 48135
Phone: (734) 462-4770
Step 2: Submit your requirements.
The requirements will usually vary from school to school. Below are the most common requirements that you need to submit before you start your training as a CNA.
• Must be at least 17 years old.
• Negative criminal background and drug screening.
• Pass the entry assessment test (will differ per school).
• Negative TB upon physical assessment.
• High school diploma or GED. Some institutions will also ask for STAT score.
Step 3: Pass the certification examination.
Examination: State of Michigan Nurse Aide Competency Exam.
Once you pass the two examinations, you will be granted to work as a CNA for two years and given a certificate by the Prometric. At the end of two years, a renewal notice will be sent to you for processing of the renewal documents and paying a renewal fee at the Prometric.
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