Qualifications and Requirements
The state of Michigan has similar regulations for the training of its Certified Nursing Assistants as most other states. In order to become a CNA, the applicant must complete a state-approved nurse aide training program. The state specifies that all training programs must offer at least 75 hours of classroom time, with an additional 16 hours of supervised, clinical experience, either in a laboratory or healthcare setting. After completing this program, the CNA applicant must then take the state competency evaluation. This test is in two parts and is distributed by a private test-provider named Prometric. There is a written section, testing comprehension and knowledge-base, and a skills section, testing the applicant’s ability to appropriately perform standard nursing procedures. CNA certificates in Michigan are only valid for two years, after which the Certified Nursing Assistant must renew their title. The renewal process is simple if the CNA has worked at least eight hours over the two year period, but if this requirement is not met, a Certified Nursing Assistant education program will have to be retaken to apply for renewal.
The average salary a CNA working in Michigan can expect to make is around $23,000. This mean comes from a range of salaries between $20,800 and $25,000. This is around the national average. One reason the state average is higher than some others is because of the relatively high pay-rate that newly employed CNAs receive. In states where CNAs do not make as much, the average is brought down by low pay given to the newest working CNAs. Michigan has more competitive wages for its entry-level nursing assistants. Another attractive aspect of Michigan’s regulations on CNAs is the reimbursement the state provides for CNA courses. The state requires that the cost of training for all CNAs be covered by the employer or with state funding. If a nurse aide is hired before the beginning of their CNA course or at some point during, the nursing home or long-term care facility that hires them must cover the cost. If the nurse aide completes their program and receives an offer of employment within one year of the completion date, the state is responsible for reimbursing the individual for the cost. The certification test itself costs $176.50 to take both parts for the first time, but retakes will cost $119 for the clinical portion and $45.50 for the written portion. The initial testing fee should also be covered by employers or the state, though there are only three attempts on the test allowed before another class must be completed.