CNA Certification Requirements in Arizona

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Becoming a CNA in Arizona

When most people think of Arizona, they believe that the entire state is a desert. While it is true that there are plenty of beautiful desert areas in the southwest of the state, the northern and eastern portions of the state have actual forests. It's a great place to live and work as a CNA as well, and you can find work in all corners of the state in towns such as Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, and Tucson. The warm weather that Arizona offers makes it an ideal retirement spot. With a population that is aging, it makes sense that CNAs would be able to find plenty of work in a host of different areas.

Requirements for Becoming a CNA in Arizona

Before applying to take CNA classes in Phoenix, Arizona or another area, one is going to need to have a high school diploma or a GED. Some of the schools in the state require that students also have a score of 75% or higher on the Health Education Systems, Inc exam.

The actual training that you will receive will include at least 120 hours, and the programs split this time between actual classroom work and supervised practical, clinical experience that helps to give you a better idea of what it is that you are going to be doing when you graduate.

Joining the Registry

The Arizona State Board of Nursing is the body that governs the CNA licensing in the state. You will need to pay $50 for the application, and you have to be able to take and pass their licensure examination. It includes both a written exam as well as a practical exam. Applicants need to have at least a 75% on the written test and at least an 80% on the practical portion of the exam. You are going to need to renew your license every two years, and during that time, you have to work at least 160 hours as a CNA so that you will be eligible for the renewal.

Why Choose to Be a CNA?

It is possible to find a number of different locations where you will be able to work in the state, from Tucson to Tempe to smaller towns such as Snowflake. With the different areas and different types of work that a CNA is able to find, you should be able to locate a good job. The uniform can vary based on where you work, but it is generally going to be scrubs. They are affordable, easy to clean, and easy to find in stores and online.

When you are a CNA in Arizona, you will find that the pay can be quite good as well, with many making around $2000 per month to start. You also have the knowledge that you are working in a field where you will be able to help people who are ill and injured. It is a great field for those who are compassionate and who love to help others.

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