Nurse Aide Registry
600 E. Blvd., Ave., Dept 301
Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
Becoming a CNA in North Dakota
While the state of North Dakota has quite a bit of land and the population is relatively small, they are still experiencing a growing need for competent healthcare workers. If you've been considering a job in the medical field, and you live or are going to move to the state, becoming a certified nursing aide is a great choice. They are able to make around 30k per year on average, along with benefits, which is great for North Dakota. The demand for employers is high, and the wages are nice, so right now could be the perfect time to launch your career in the healthcare field.
Requirements for CNAs in North Dakota
The first thing you will have to do is make sure that you have the right training, and this requires taking one of the state approved training courses. These courses, overseen by the North Dakota Department of Health, will all meet or exceed the federal minimum requirements. The minimums are 75 total hours of training, with at least 16 of those hours in the classroom and at least 16 hours with hands-on training. It is possible to complete the course in just a few weeks, and if you gain employment during your training or within 12 months after, you can receive reimbursement for the cost of the course and the test.
The uniforms that you buy are usually going to be an out of pocket expense. Fortunately, most of the employers are going to have you wear scrubs, which are affordable and easy enough to find online and offline in a number of different colors and styles.
Look for CNA classes in Bismarck, North Dakota, Fargo, Grand Forks, and other areas around the state. You should be able to find something that works for you.
Getting Your License and Getting on the Registry
After you pass a test given by D&S Diversified Technologies, you will be able to receive your license and be placed on the state registry. The test that you need to take will cover the material you learned in your course, and it will consist of two different parts. You have to pass the written part of the test, which is multiple-choice questions, and you will have to pass the practical portion. This portion requires you to demonstrate the actual skills that you learned. The test costs $100. After you pass the test and receive your license, you will be on the registry. You have to renew your license every two years and have proof of working at least 8 hours as a CNA in that time.
A Great Place to Be a CNA
North Dakota is a great state, and it's the perfect place to pursue your healthcare career. A job as a CNA is a great starting point for those who want to go further in the field, and the 30k annual average salary is nice as well. Knowing that you are doing a job where you are helping to make the lives of the sick and injured a bit easier is a great feeling too!
North Dakota Department of Health: http://www.ndhealth.gov/
North Dakota Board of Nursing: https://www.ndbon.org/
75 hours of training
Trained in a classroom setting, clinical laboratory setting, and a clinical nursing home setting.