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How to Challenge for Your CNA Certification in North Carolina

Currently, those who hold a certified nursing assistant certification in another state may not transfer their CNA to North Carolina.  The state of North Carolina does not accept reciprocity or certification transfers from other states. In order for individuals to be listed on the state registry, they must pass state-approved Nurse Aide I training (or comparable) or Pass the state nurse aide examination which is administered by Pearson Vue.

North Carolina is well known as a state in which individuals can challenge the CNA exam.  This means that individuals don’t have to have formal training to be listed as a nursing assistant, on the states health care registry. What you are challenging is the state’s training and education requirements, not the actual registration process. Since the state of North Carolina doesn’t acknowledge certifications from other states and they don’t have reciprocity, active Certified Nursing Assistants who are moving to the state would definitely be excellent candidates for the challenge. Nurses, emergency personnel and other licensed health care providers may also want to add the registry certification to their list of qualifications. Those who may have worked in the field without having an official certifications could also have enough experience to pass the exam. 

Whether you are an individuals who decides to go through a formal state-approved training or those who choose instead to just take the exam must meet the qualifications that are required for you to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant in North Carolina.

North Carolina contracts with Pearson VUE to administer its testing for Nurse Aide certification. The test, can be taken by anyone who wishes to be listed on the registry.  You simply have to go online and pay a  fee to take the test. Students who complete formal a Nurse aide course, as well as those who believe they are prepared, will be taking the same test.  If you fail the exam three times within a two year period, however, individuals  must then participate in a state approved -certified training program and are no longer qualified to challenge.

There are several online quick-NC CNA Practice Test that are obtainable that can be of assistance to prepare you to challenge the exam in North Carolina. There are certain topics that you will want to master.  Individuals can go over areas that will likely be covered on the test through any number of websites, or they can opt to use the study guide that is provided by Pearson VUE.

The skills that you need to know to pass the assessment will include all the elements of activities of daily living.  Individuals will need to know the proper body mechanics and how to transfer residents.  You will also need to know how to feed and measure liquid and food input and output.  The test will covers the North Carolina Board of Nursing list of required CNA skill tasks.

You can contact the Center for Aide Regulation and Education Branch for questions you may have or for more information by calling them at 919-855-3969.