Qualifications and Requirements
Delaware requires that its Certified Nursing Assistants go through more training than most other states. At 150 hours of required instruction, Delaware’s state-approved nurse aide training programs have some of the most demanding training regiments. The 150 hours must be split equally in classroom training and supervised clinical instruction. But there are other acceptable qualifications to take the certification exam as well. For nursing students, an official letter from the school proving completion of a basic nursing course with at least 75 hours of clinical experience is enough to qualify for the certification exam. For CNAs with expired certificates, verification of a past license is enough to qualify. For a CNA, certified nursing assistant with certificates from another state, the process is a bit more complicated. Delaware requires that CNAs from other states have up-to-date certification, at least three months of work experience or proof of completion of a program of at least 150 hours, and good standing with the state that certified them. If the CNA certificate is from Maryland, the candidate must also hold a Geriatric Nursing Assistant certificate. For RNs or LPNs, a copy of your diploma is proof of your qualification for the certification test. Applicants must have their fingerprints registered with the state and be able to pass a criminal background check.
Wage and Cost
For a CNA working in Delaware, the average salary is around $25,500, extending along a range of $21,800 to $29,100. This is a mid-ranged salary among CNAs in other states, and at the lower end of the pay grade for the New England region around Delaware. Neighboring states offer higher compensation due to higher population densities and greater demand for healthcare personnel. The examination fee is $108 dollars for both portions, written and clinical. Depending on the training program you choose, this fee may be included in the cost of tuition. Training programs range in price anywhere from $500 to $1500, but can be completed at reduced costs for applicants who prove financial need. If there is money left in the budget, the state department is responsible for providing federal funds as financial aid to those who request it. For CNAs transferring from another state, there is a $30 processing fee due with their application for reciprocity. Like every other state, Delaware requires renewal of the certificate every two years, but there is no charge for renewal unless the requirements have not been met. To renew a certificate, a CNA must have worked at least 64 hours over the past two years, or else pay to take the certification test again.