State of Georgia (GA)

by admin on July 4, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

It’s all about CNAs in Georgia, and the regulations seem to be less stringent than in other states. Further, Georgia seems to depend on accredited employers (Home Health Care agencies, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other) for what the aide has to do. Example: it is stipulated that a CNA working in a Medicaid-certified establishment has to do 12 hours of supervised in-services per annum.
Another example is that the state leaves it up to the employer whether they wish to conduct criminal background checks. Background checks are not mandated by the state.
In addition, employers have four months from the date of hire to get an individual trained and tested through an approved program. During the four-month period, students cannot perform any duty that they have not been trained for by the supervisor.

Certified nursing assistants in Georgia are also known as or work as geriatric assistants, home health aides, patient care technicians and nurse aides.
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 Fed rules govern eligibility; you must be a citizen, national, green card holder, or in possession of a work permit; you must also produce a social security number to all employers Same (Federal regulation)
When taking job
Type of Certification CNA Certificate obtained from accredited schooling facility, following which you must register with the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program Exam to be state-certified N/A
Application Form The school where you get certified will equip you with all your needs for the state exam N/A
Age Depends on employer requirements Same when taking job
Driver’s License Employer requirements apply Employer requirements apply
Education Level No requirements other than those set by employers  same
Training hours & where Federal requirements apply: a minimum of 75 accredited hours, including the practical training. Schools will have different schedules and number of hours, as long as they are accredited by the State. Aides are encouraged to pick a course with more hours in case you transfer to another state N/A
Competence Training See above N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. 1 year of professional caregiving required to enable you to work as a Companion/Homemaker in a private home
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization will be required by most schools same
Fingerprints Not required N/A
Background checks Not required unless required by employer; Medicare & Medicaid-certified establishments will require background checks N/A
Other Requirements Check school requirements Depends on employer
Exam See observations made in the notes above N/A
Licensed in another state? Based on your out-of-state license, you may petition the Board of Nursing for possible reciprocity. At best, you will be asked to sit for the competency test. same
Useful links http://www.nursing-school-degrees.com/States/georgia-cna.html

 

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