Nursing Assistant Requirement Questions


  1. Do I need to complete the CNA requirement before I apply to the Nursing Program?
       
    No. You do not need to have completed your CNA coursework or have passed your licensing exam or have gotten your license before applying to the program. However, you must produce a certificate showing you passed the CNA licensing exam (both written and skills sections) or produce a CNA license prior to starting the nursing program in the fall.
       
    NOTE: It is your responsibility to speak with a Financial Aid Department counselor to find out if you are eligible to receive financial assistance for this course; however, these are some general rules/conditions that apply when considering taking this course.  The counselor will help you determine your best plan of action, providing you are eligible to take the course. Federal Financial Aid can assist with CNA Program costs under these conditions:  
    1. You have declared your intention to receive a nursing degree from WWCC, have been placed in the open admission Nursing Pathway, and you include other Nursing Degree Requirements with CNA credits.
    2. You are pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree and you have to take elective credit to complete your degree plan.
    3. If all Nursing Degree Requirements are completed except CNA, then Federal Financial Aid can provide assistance for CNA credits.
         
  2. Can I take the CNA class at Walla Walla Community College?
       
    Yes! We offer the class every quarter. Contact our Allied Health Department for application information. In Clarkston call (509) 758-1702.  In Walla Walla call (509) 527-4589.
       
  3. I had a license, but it expired. Do I need to retake the class?
     
    If you can produce a certificate showing you passed the CNA licensing exam (both written and skills sections), you do not need to have a license. If you have an expired CNA license, this will also meet the Nursing Program CNA requirement. NOTE: At this time there is no time limit, but if you are more than 10 years from any practice, we would encourage you to retake the class.
      
  4. What if I passed the test, but never got a license?
      
    Not a problem. We are looking for successful completion of the State exam (both written and skills sections). NOTE: At this time there is no time limit, but if you are more than 10 years from any practice, we would encourage you to retake the class.
      
  5. What if I got my license, but never worked as a CNA?
      
    Not a problem. We are looking for successful completion of the State exam (both written and skills sections). Providing either the certificate showing successful completion of the State exam or a CNA license will meet the Nursing Program CNA requirement. NOTE: At this time there is no time limit, but if you are more than 10 years from any practice, we would encourage you to retake the class.
      
  6. I have a CMA certificate. Does this meet the CNA requirement?
      
    No. The role of the CMA and the CNA are different.
    No other certificate can be substituted to meet the CNA requirement.
    (See number 8 for possible challenge of the State exam.)

      
  7. I am an EMT and have been working in a doctor's office for a while. Does this meet the CNA requirement?
      
    No. The role of the EMT and the CNA are different.
    No other certificate can be substituted to meet the CNA requirement.
    (See number 8 for possible challenge of the State exam.)

      
  8. I have some experience in health care. Can I skip the class and just take the State exam?
      
    It depends. If you have been a nursing student elsewhere; have been trained as a nurse in the past; completed the Naval Hospital Corps, Army 91-C, or Air Force Medical Services Specialist (Technician School) you are able to take the State exam. You will need to call the Department of Health at (360) 236-4700 to determine what documentation is needed to accomplish this.
      
  9. What if I took the class and have a Certificate of Completion, but never took the State exam to get my license?
      This will not satisfy the Nursing Program Requirement. You must take the State exam also called the OBRA NACEP evaluation. It validates learning and is necessary to meet the requirement.
      
    NOTE: If your certificate of completion is over 1 year old and you did not take the state exam, you must repeat the course in order to receive a new certificate of completion in order to take the state exam.

      
  10. I have a CNA license from another state. Is that OK?
      
    Yes. A CNA license from any state is acceptable.

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