Qualifications and Regulations
To become a Certified Nursing Assistant in North Dakota is a similar process to that of most other states. Any CNA employed by a nursing home or long-term care facility is required to have completed a state-approved training program and have passed the national competency exam, or NATCEP. North Dakota only recognizes CNA training courses to be legitimate if they offer at least 75 hours of instruction, with 16 of these hours spent gaining practical, clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The test can be provided to an applicant by one of three companies: Headmaster, Pearson VUE, or Prometric. The exam will have two components. The first component is a written portion, which will test the applicant’s knowledge-base. The second is a practical portion, testing the applicant’s ability to perform clinical tasks and demonstrate proper healthcare protocol when dealing with patients. After both portions of the test have been passed, the CNA will be registered with the ND Nurse Aide Registry, and is permitted to continue working for up to two years on the certification. It is also possible for a CNA in training to be employed at a long-term care facility. They must be enrolled in a CNA class and finish their education within four months of the first day of their employment to continue working.
Wage and Cost
The average CNA working in North Dakota makes about $26,000 per year. This is above the national average for CNA salaries. This can most likely be explained by the low population density and the high demand for qualified healthcare professionals. Because there are less people in a position to provide healthcare, those who are qualified have an easier time finding employment with competitive wages. The pay-scale for CNAs in the state starts at $21,000 and caps around $31,000. The cost for CNA training ranges greatly, from $650 to $1300. Fortunately, North Dakota is one state that prohibits nurse aides from paying for their own training. That means that a CNA must be reimbursed for the cost of their training by the facility of their employment. The conditions for this reimbursement are that the CNA becomes employed within one year from the date of the completion of their program. This can be useful for new CNAs, but recently, the state department has been receiving complaints from long-term care facilities that new hires are leaving their positions too soon after being reimbursed for their training. The state department of health has taken this into account on their website, though changes to the reimbursement policy may not be made for a few years, as it is supported by federal regulations.