Nebraska CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of Nebraska (NE)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

Nebraska does not have state-certification exams. Once the nurse aide passes the training written and skills exam, the aide’s name will automatically (within 30 days) get on the Nurse Aide registry as a CNA, though not state-certified.

In addition, it’s all about CNAs in Nebraska, HHAs relegated to duties as homemakers/companions in private homes or working for non-medical home care agencies.

Nursing aides have to be 16 years of age, and must speak and understand the English language. The training course consists of the federally mandated 75 hours of accredited training, of which 21 hours must be in practical, hands-on work.

Note: Fed regulations require certified aides who work in Medicare or Medicaid-reimbursed facilities to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education per 12 month period.

We list the higher between Federal (Fed) and State requirements

Requirements CNA HHA
Work Eligibility Must be citizen or someone eligible to work in the U.S., as per Fed & state regulations. same
Type of Certification You get listed on the State Nurse Aide Registry;  you have to renew your certificate every 24 months. No certification required until you are ready for the CNA exam (see above note).
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information (see “other requirements” below). N/A
Age Must be at least 16 years of age. same
Driver’s License Driver’s license not required. Up to the employer.
Education Level You will not be required to have graduated high school. Up to the employer.
Training hours & where Must complete and pass a Board-approved training course of 75 hours of classes, including practical work (Fed standards). Up to the employer.
Competence Training 21 hours of practical work included with the above 75 hours. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. Most employers (non-medical home care agencies) will require you to have one year’s experience as a professional companion.
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply.
Fingerprints Aides must submit to fingerprinting for background checks. See “background checks”.
Background checks Aides must have state and Fed background checks. same
Other Requirements You will need to produce copies of social security card, work eligibility form, training diploma, TB test results, background checks, and money order. Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? Based on a current and “in good standing” out-of-state license, you may petition the Nebraska Board of Nursing for possible reciprocity. same
Exam It is the training exam, in two parts, written and practical, after which you automatically get on the state’s Registry. N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam.

 

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