The state of Wisconsin has many of the same regulations for its Certified Nursing Assistants as the rest of the country. There are several ways to become certified, though most of them require that the applicant take and pass a competency evaluation. To qualify to take this test, most applicants enroll in state-approved nurse aide training programs, though there are others ways to qualify. For example, nursing students or military-trained medics are permitted to challenge the exam with proof of previous training. First-time nurses must complete a training course totaling at least 75 hours of instruction and 32 hours of this instruction is required to be spent in a clinical setting, providing direct patient care under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Once training is complete, the applicant must register online with the test-provider, Pearson VUE. The test has two sections testing different aspects of nursing knowledge. The first section is a written test for the evaluation of the trainees’ understanding of health sciences. The second section is a skills test which evaluates the trainees’ ability to perform the tasks that will be required of them during their employment. Passing both portions will result in approval for certification, with notice mailed to the applicant within two weeks of passing the test.
Salary & Cost of Tuition
A CNA working in Wisconsin can expect to make an average salary of $24,000. This is consistent with the national average for all CNAs. The pay-scale ranges between $21,000 and $27,000. Entry-level CNAs make a bit more in Wisconsin than in other states, perhaps explained by the cost of living or the number of employers for CNAs. With more employers, good employees are more valuable and so wages become more competitive. There are some fees associated with the application process. To register for both parts of the competency evaluation exam with Pearson VUE, there is a $115 fee. The cost of training varies greatly between institutions. Institutions that will be less expensive are those that provide training on a smaller scale, like nursing homes, community centers, and other types of specialized training programs. Community colleges and vocational colleges can cost as much as a semester of tuition, which will be thousands of dollars. The benefits of these types of programs arethe nearly unlimited availability of classes, the associated network of professionals is much larger, and college credits can be valuable in terms of continuing your education and career advancement.