West Tennessee CNA and HHA Certification Requirements State of West Tennessee (TN)

by admin on July 3, 2019

Requirements for CNA and HHA Certification

HHAs are entry level positions and not even evident in the available writing on the nurse aide subject. HHAs are companions/homemakers who are primarily hired by private families and non-medical home care agencies, usually after at least one year of professional experience providing paid care for a non-relative person. For an HHA to climb the career ladder in TN, they need to transfer over to the CNA program.

In order to be certified on the Tennessee Nurse Aide Registry, an individual must have completed an approved nurse aide training program, and sit for the state competency examination within 24 months from completion of the class. The aide must have also completed 8 hours of practical training during the 24 months at a facility certified or licensed by the Division of Healthcare Facilities.

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 a citizen, national, or someone eligible to work in the U.S.;  must produce social security number. N/A
Type of Certification The Department of Health Division of Healthcare Facilities issues certificates which you have to renew every 24 months (see above note); you also get listed on the CNA Registry, and employers can verify your certification online. N/A
Application Form A filled application form is required together with all supplemental information, such as  training diploma and proof of eligibility to work as described above. N/A
Age There is no minimum age requirement in TN. N/A
Driver’s License No driver’s license required as long as you can produce a photo ID. N/A
Education Level No high school diploma required. N/A
Training hours & where A minimum of 75 accredited hours of training, to include practical work; each accredited school has a different number of hours, and the applicant is well advised to take a course with more hours in case you transfer to another jurisdiction. N/A
Competence Training Number of skills work included in above 75 hours of academic training. N/A
Experience No prior professional experience required. N/A
Health Immunizations A negative TB test taken within 6 months and proof of immunization. N/A
Fingerprints 2 Fingerprints cards will be required (blanks provided by training academy). N/A
Background checks Applicants must undergo state and FBI background checks. N/A
Other Requirements Social security number must be produced; also photo ID and two photos. N/A
Licensed in another state? Tennessee accepts reciprocity from all States except Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina; if you are transferring from another state with a current and unburdened license, then you may be asked to sit for the competency test only. N/A
Exam It is referred to as the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam and consists of  multiple choice questions plus a skills test. N/A

 

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