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Massachusetts CNA Certification (MA)

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Massachusetts CNA Certification Requirements

To get your CNA certificate in Massachusetts, you first need to complete the required course work and/ or training program. You will need to pass the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam. Applicants must then submit fingerprint cards. Licenses/certificates and will not be issued without the results of a state and federal background check coming back in good standing.

You will also need to show documentation of having been employed a minimum of 8 hours in the two years your NEW license is valid to qualify for free license renewal.

As prescribed by federal law, the typical Massachusetts CNA certificate program lasts approximately 8 to 13 weeks to gain 75 accredited hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin training. After passing the Certified Nurse Assistant exam, you must be placed on the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Registry.

Required Hours for Massachusetts CNA Certification

In Massachusetts, you are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of CNA course work and 100 hours of clinical rotation before challenging the state CNA licensing exam. The nurse aide classes typically last 2-6 months. Individual schools often have special requirements to begin the training program.

Massachusetts CNA Certification Prerequisites

In Massachusetts, CNA prerequisites include a current background check, two fingerprint cards, Photo ID, two photos (passport size). A negative TB test within the past 6 months and proof of immunizations will be required. You are not required to have a high school diploma or GED.

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