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State of Alaska (AK)

State of Alaska (AK)

by admin on July 4, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

Alaska demands that employers require minimum standards for HHAs as described below. A Home Health Aide can work in Alaska in private homes as well as long term institutions without being certified. However, the HHA must undergo training and competency tests as described below to become licensed and able to work in Medicare-certified Home Health and Medicaid-certified long term care establishments.
For persons wanting to become CNAs, Alaska permits you to sit for the certification exam:
If you take the accredited classed and practical training described below within 24 months of the training diploma
If you are licensed in another state (also described below)
Or if you have had one year of nursing education (from an accredited institution) that includes both learning and practical on nursing theory within the last five years

We describe the more traditional approach here of joining an academy or specialized school.
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 You will need to produce a social security number; you may however apply for an exemption (download the form from the link below) Same (later when employed)
Type of Certification You get listed on the State Nurse Aide Registry; a CNA certificate will be issued upon passing the exam and competence No certification required (see note above in introduction)
Application Form A filled and notarized application form is required,
together with all supplemental information, such as high school and training diplomas and other requirements as specified on this page (plus a $279 fee). You must also attach a passport photograph (2×2) signed and dated on the back
Age No age minimum is imposed. same
Driver’s License Photo ID, not necessarily driver’s license. Employer requirements apply
Education Level You will be required to produce a high school diploma or equivalent Most employers will require a high school diploma
Training hours & where A minimum of 60 hours at accredited academies or community colleges 75 hours of on-the-job RN-supervised training within first four months of employment
Competence Training 80 hours of clinical or hands-on training are required Would get licensed as an HHA if successfully pass exam that meets Medicare standards of competency
Experience No prior professional experience required. None required
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. Employer requirements apply
Fingerprints You must submit one fingerprint cards. Employer requirements apply
Background checks State and Fed background checks required Employers will require
Other Requirements Photo ID and two photos N/A
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and given by the Board of Nursing. It must be taken within 24 months of nurse school diploma, and it consists of a written part and a competence test that you must pass Medicare-standard exam after initial on-the-job RN supervised training
Licensed in another state? Alaska offers reciprocity and will transfer your license as long as it is current and you have a clean background No abuse or neglect) in prior state N/A
Useful links http://commerce.state.ak.us/OCC/pub/nua4070.pdf

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