Oklahoma CNA and HHA Certification Requiements State of Oklahoma (OK)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

 

Nurse Aide Registry: The Registry was created through a Federal mandate, with duties as follows:

  • Review and approve/disapprove nurse aide training program curriculum & programs
  • Review and approve/disapprove nurse aide testing
  • Develop and maintain the nurse aide registry
  • Maintain the abuse registry
  • Certify nurse aides
  • Develop rules, policies, procedures, applications and forms necessary to implement the program.

The OK State Department of Health (OSDH) also sponsors a CNA2 program called “Career Ladder Opportunity” consisting of 30 hours of additional training that CNAs can take. This will be outside of our scope though we encourage ambitious CNAs to have a look at it.

HHAs are entry level nurse aides in Oklahoma. They do not need licensing to work, though many medical establishments require that they be certified as a CNA (not necessarily state-certified, but certified by their training academies). In addition, Medicaid and Medicare-certified home health agencies and long term care establishments require that the CNAs be state certified.

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, National, or someone eligible to work in the U.S., as per Fed & state regulations. Depends on employer
Type of Certification You get listed on the State Nurse Aide Registry; The Registry gives out certificates. No certification required until you are ready for the CNA exam.
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as high school and training diplomas and proof of eligibility to work as described above. N/A
Age No age minimum is imposed. Most employers will require a minimum of 18 y.o.a.
Driver’s License Clean driver’s license required. Up to Employers
Education Level You will be required to produce a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Most employers will require a high school diploma.
Training hours & where 120 hours of classes at state-accredited establishments (including practical training). Up to employer
Competence Training A minimum of 16 hours, though most academies contract to send you to nursing homes for more hours of RN supervised hands-on work. 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 fingerprint cards together with state application. See “background checks”
Background checks Applicants for the state exam are given state and Fed background checks before they get certified. HHAs must apply for a fingerprint clearance card within 20 working days of employment.
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos. Each employer has their own requirements.
Licensed in another state? Not a problem. Show your current license plus proof that you worked within the last 24 months in a professional setting. The Registry will likely allow you to sit for the competency exam only. If you are licensed in another state as a CNA, then the same applies.
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the State Board of Nursing in two parts, written, and practical. N/A until you are ready for the CNA exam.

 

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