You MUST have a current photo ID and original NON-laminated social security card to take the NC state exam. If you do not have both of these in your hand the day of your state exam CNA test, you forfeit your payment. NACES makes you start all over and pay again. You will NOT be allowed to show a receipt or a copy of your SS card the day of the state exam.
This is the Frequently Asked Questions "FAQ" Page:
If you do not find your answer here, please email me for further information... PLEASE, READ THIS ENTIRE PAGE.
CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant (same thing as CNA I )
NA = Nursing Assistant
CNA I = Certified Nursing Assistant One (most times referred to as a CNA)
CNA II = Certified Nursing Assistant Two
Med Aide = North Carolina Medication Aide
Med Tech = Medicatioin Technician
1. Do you have to have medical experience or background to take your program? No, you do not need any prior medical background. But, if you are a past CNA that would definitely be beneficial. Or, if you have your current CNA in another state, that would make the learning a lot faster for you, similar to a "Refresher Course". You do need to have common sense. You do have to be able to read, write and understand English.
2. Do you accept personal checks? No, I do NOT accept personal checks in person or through the mail. Too many people have given me bad checks with "Insufficient funds." I will mail your check back to you and you will have to re-apply with a money order. You can use paypal if you need to use a credit card, debit card or a personal check. Paypal will wait for your check to clear, before allowing packages to be shipped. Go to the second to the last link down, Web Store, to pay online.
3. What form of payment do you accept? Cash, money orders, and official (certified) bank (cashiers) checks. Pay Pal is accepted, view the last link down in the "web store" on the website. If you want to pay with a credit card or debit card, you can pay online - it is the last link down in the "Web Store".
5. Do you sell just the books separately by themselves? Yes, view the CNA home study program and skills DVD option. The textbook, workbook, CNA guidebook with the NC skills listed and I also give you the application for the Nurse Aide 1 exam. This also includes a folder with handouts and a practice final exam with answer key and skills DVD. The textbook, workbook, and the skills list are available in SPANISH, if requested. Your books and materials will be mailed to you via Priority Mail USPS with a tracking number.
6. Do you offer just a "Skills Only" class or refresher class? No, we offer the CNA skills DVD for a refresher or just the teaching of the skills.
8. What is your background? I was a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) while attending college. I have been a Registered Nurse *RN* for over seventeen years. I was also accredited with NACES as a Nurse Aide Evaluator for South Carolina. I am currently teaching nurse aide training programs and tutoring students to pass the NC and Florida test. I have taken online certification classes and have my PCS certificate. I have my CPhT certificate (national certified pharmacy technician) and my national phlebotomy certificate (blood drawing).
10. How much does it cost to take the Nurse Aide 1 exam for? For the written and skills, and you have to take both the same day, the state exam is $101.00. You must pass both parts to be placed on the Nurse Aide Registry. This money and application do not go to me, they are mailed directly to NACES. The cost of the state exam is not included in your training fees.
11. What if I fail the test? You are allowed three chances to take the state test. If you fail all three times, you must attend a certified nurse aide training program before taking the test again. I do have a guaranteed success program. If you fail one or both parts of the state exam, you can come to that part of the class again for free. If you fail the state exam three times, you must attend the full training course at a community college, which is usually ten weeks long.
12. What is the test like? The test is a written multiple choice test. It consists of 70 questions and you have two hours to complete the test. The skills portion consists of five random skills and you have 30 minutes to complete the skills. If you fail just one section, you only need to repeat that part of the exam. You do have to pay each time to re-take the test.
14. Where are the regional state testing sites? Here is the website for the testing sites and schedules. http://www.asisvcs.com/publications/pdf/073409.pdf The closest regional testing locations to our area are located in Charlotte, Matthews, Locust, Concord, Greensboro, Durham, Albemarle, Raleigh, Eden, Wilmington, etc. I am not a testing site or location. You must schedule your test through NACES and go to a testing center. I do give you the application and we do discuss this in the full training CNA class. In Charlotte, they offer the state CNA exam seven days a week, even Saturdays and Sundays. There are four testing locations alone in Charlotte, NC.
15. What is the cost of the test and to re-take the test if you fail? It takes approx. two to three weeks to get your test date. The first time you test, the written and skills is $101.00. If you fail the written only, to retest is $24.00 If you fail the skills only, to retest is $77.00. If you fail both, to retest the price is $101.00.
16. Do you allow refunds? I do not allow cash refunds. All books, DVD's and materials are NON-refundable.
17. What is the website for the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry? http://www.ncnar.org/
18. Do you offer CNA II training? No. You must take a state approved training program and one of the pre-requisites to take the CNA II class, is you must be a CNA I first. You must also have your high school diploma or GED and be 18 years of age or older. You also have to have your CPR card current. A CNA II learns advanced skills, like oxygen therapy, inserting and d/c ing foley catheters, sterile dressing changes, ostomies, feeding tubes, etc. Look at your community colleges for CNA II if that is what you want to register for.
19. I just moved to North Carolina, do I have to take the state test? Yes, NC does not recognize any other states CNA. You must still take the nurse aide 1 exam to be licensed and placed on the NC nurse aide registry.
20. What do I do if I don't have a Social Security Card? You must have a photo ID, like a drivers license and your SS card to take the NC nurse aide 1 exam. If you do not have yours, or lost your card, apply for a free duplicate at your nearest SS office. Your Social Security card must be signed and NON-laminated. They offer free replacements, but you have to apply for it.
22. How can you offer this home study program "Crash Course" or "FAST TRACK" when I see other CNA trainings for 6 weeks, 9 weeks and 9 months? This is a home study program, not the traditional learning style. I will not read the book or workbook to you. Most pre-nursing students are doing it this way and love it. It saves them time for their family, job or school they are attending now. This program is NOT for everyone, view the home page for more info on if you qualify for the Fast Track.
23. Are you a testing center? Do you offer the North Carolina Nurse Aide 1 exam? No. I am not a testing center or testing location. This is just the training.
24. Where can I take a full 6 - 12 week course of training to be a CNA? Most community colleges offer the CNA I and CNA II training. You must have your CNA I before taking a CNA II course. Call around where you live.
25. Where can a CNA work? In a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, skilled rehab center, doctor's office, private duty, hospice, group home and home health. Where ever you see, NA or CNA, you can work in that facility.
26. What is the average pay range? Depending on where you work, what shift, what days, etc. The range is $8.50 / hour up to $13.00 / hour depending on experience, facility worked at, shift diff and weekend pay. The average around the Charlotte area is $10.00/ hour.
27. Do you teach the NC Medication Aide Class? No, North Carolina changed the laws on July 1, 2011... You now have to take the Med Aide class at a community college or a proprietary school. We do offer the Med Tech home study option.
30. Do you know the website link to all the nursing assistant registry information? http://nursingassistantcentral.homestead.com/NurseAideRegistries.html
31. I am moving to another state. Does that state accept my NC CNA? Contact the state you are moving to, to find out if they accept the North Carolina CNA, or find out if you will have to take their state test or state training. Every state is different. Sometimes, you will have to re-test, depending on the new states laws and regulations.
32. Where do I mail my payment? The payment mailing address is on the "Registration / Order Form".
33. Is a "Medication Aide" the same thing as a CNA II? No, not at all in North Carolina. A medication aide is registered with the NC Medication Aide Registry to pass out and dispense medicine at a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility. A CNA II cannot pass out medicine.
34. My instructor / teacher / friend told me that I will not find a job if I take the "Fast Track CNA" class, is that true? No. When you apply for a job many things are involved... your personal appearance, your attitude, background check, finger printing, drug screen and references. If you pass both sections of the state exam, you are listed on the NC nurse aide registry as a CNA. You can find a job, just maybe not the exact shift and location that you wanted as your first choice.
35. My college adviser told me that you can't take the state exam like this, is that true?? No, you will take the same state exam as everyone else. You will have to PASS both sections to be certified as a CNA in NC.
40. Do all colleges accept the "Fast Track CNA" for nursing requirements to get into their program? No. Every college has their own set of rules and regulations for their college. If you are not sure, contact your college directly and find out if you have to just be listed on the Nurse Aide Registry as a CNA or if they make you do other requirements. This is your responsibility to do this.
41. I was told I just have to be on the North Carolina Nurse Aide Registry as a CNA for my nursing pre-requisite, does this qualify? Yes, you will take the state exam for NC. You have to pass both parts, the written and the skills to be placed on the registry.
42. Do you accept financial aid? Do you know anyone that would pay for my training? No. The price for the CNA class is the lowest in North Carolina. I do not accept financial aid, vouchers, pell grants or any third party checks. I do not know of any companies or individuals willing to pay for training. That is your responsibility to look for a sponsor.
44. How soon can I take the state exam? It is up to you. If you want to take the nurse aide one exam the next day, you can, but it is not recommended. Or, if you want to wait a couple weeks and study. It takes a minimum of 16 days to get a test date.
45. Why are you no longer teaching in Indian Trail? The place I was leasing raised their rates over $350.00 / month. I did not want to raise my class rates, so I did not renew my lease.
47. Currently, these are the colleges that I know of that will NOT accept the "Fast Track CNA" program or any other accelerated or state prep course... CPCC, SPCC nursing program (South Piedmont Community College), Pitt community college's sonography program, GTCC (Guilford Technical Community College) and DCCC (Davidson County Community College), CVCC (Catawba Valley Community College) only their ADN Program, Forsyth Community College, Sandhills Community College, Southeastern Community College, Johnston Community College, Gaston College and A/B Tech Community College will not accept the accelerated program. These colleges require a state approved training course with actual clinical hours, which this program does not offer. Some colleges, like Forsyth, will accept the program if you complete clinical hours. Queens makes you show proof of employment as a CNA I.
48. What colleges ACCEPT the "Fast Track CNA" training and being listed on the NC nurse aide registry as a CNA for the nursing application requirements? Currently, this is what is on the colleges's website... Mercy School of Nursing, Wingate University, UNC Charlotte, Robeson, Nash Community College, WSSU (Winston Salem State University), ECU (East Carolina University), Cleveland Community College, Isothermal Community College (ICC), CCHS, MCC (Montgomery Community College), MCC (Mitchell Community College), SPCC medical sonography (South Piedmont Community College), Durham Tech Community College, Wake Tech Community College (as long as you work 40 hours as a CNA with proof afterwards), Cape Fear Community College, NCSU, Stanly Community College (SCC), Lenoir-Rhyne University, Edgecombe Community College, Rockingham Community College, Foothills Nursing Program, BRCC school of nursing, Gardner-Webb University, FTCC (Fayetteville Technical Community College) as long as you take the clinical class too, and all other colleges that I am aware of, excluding those listed in number #47 question above. Check your specific college if you are not sure if you need clinical hours. It is your responsibility to do this, not mine.
49. My college requires me to have clinical hours for the nursing program admission, will this program work? It depends. Some colleges will let you work as a CNA and that will fulfill your clinical requirement. Ask your college if you have to have clinical hours in the CNA program or do work hours count.
51. What else do I have to pay for when taking a CNA class? Your own state exam fee. To take the NC state exam is $101.00. I do not pay your fee. You will pay that when you apply for the test date.
52. Do you sell the skills DVD to help me with the skills portion of the CNA state exam? Yes.
53. When do I find out the test results for the state exam? The same day. You must pass both sections, the written and the skills to be placed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry as a CNA. You will be on the website, the Nurse Aide Registry within five business days. http://www.ncnar.org/
56. Where do I purchase a money order? Wal-Mart, Western Union, Amscot, your bank, post office, drug or discount stores, other places, just ask them.
59. I live in another state. Can I take the CNA home study program and the NC state exam? Yes. Many people from South Carolina and other states use this route. I can give you the information and application to transfer your NC CNA to your state, BUT not all states let you transfer your CNA. This can change at any time, as states constantly change their fees, rules and process.
60. How long does it take to get a CNA state exam testing date? About two to three weeks after you mail in your application.
61. How long does it take to get on the NC nurse aide registry as a CNA after I pass the state exam? About five business days. http://www.ncnar.org/
62. What is the fee for the Medication Tech state exam? $25.00.
63. Are you coming back to Durham, Lumberton, Winston Salem, Morganton, Fayetteville, or Raleigh to teach CNA? No, unfortunately, my family life changed and I have to stay closer to home at this time. Your choice would be to purchase the CNA home study program and skills DVD.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a CNA. Certified Nursing Assistants are always wanted and needed and you will be ready for a job, as soon as you pass both parts of theNurse Aide 1 exam.
Danielle Hossler, RN