Due to the improved patient care, increasing emphasis on preventive care of aging population, most healthcare facilities need more employees to serve in the health field, and therefore the demand for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) is growing rapidly and is expected to continue to grow for several years to come.
Individuals interested in a career as a CNA in the state of Michigan must complete a CNA training program approved by the Michigan Department of Community Health, including classroom and clinical training, as well as pass a state exam in order to achieve certification.
The training programs meet the national guidelines and Federal regulations and are usually offered at community colleges, technical and vocational schools, private schools, online courses through distance education schools, the American Red Cross and other medical facilities. Also, some facilities may offer free CNA training programs and a job position upon completion of the training and successful certification.
The duties include the daily care of patients with basic personal hygiene, such as toileting, bathroom, dressing, feeding, taking vital signs and keeping the patient’s environment clean, changing bed linens, transporting patients, providing support in ambulation, proper maintenance and sterilizing of medical equipment, etc.
An individual who desires to become a CNA in Michigan must be at least 18 age to get enrolled in a CNA program, and she / he should have a high school diploma or GED certification before applying for admissions. Additional, must have the ability to read and write in English, a clean criminal record and a medically documented negative TB status.
The fee that has to be submitted before enrollment, may range from $700 to $1600, and the usual duration of a program is between six to twelve weeks. In Michigan, there are more than 200 approved CNA training programs and an aspirant must complete at least 75 hours of training to meet the minimum education requirement, with at least 56 hours in a classroom setting and 16 hours at clinical practice to prepare the students for the actual job requirements prior to entering the workforce. Additional, this training will prepare students for the CNA licensing exam in Michigan.
There are no general education courses and the program focuses solely on the main skills and procedures of nursing. The training courses often cover medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, infection control, basic nursing skills, communication, hygiene issues and environmental cleanliness issues, emergency response procedures, and many other nursing related subjects.
Michigan CNA Certification
The state of Michigan has contracted with Prometric for administration of CNA exams, and the examinee must pass the certification exam within 24 months of completing the CNA training program. Examination has two sections: a written knowledge test that is an objective test assessing theoretical knowledge, as well as a clinical exam that is a test of practical competency skills. Failure to pass the examination in three tries will result in the student being required to re-take the training before sitting for the exam again.
After successful completion of both sections, candidates are listed on the Michigan Nurse Aide Registry that maintains records of nurse aides licensed to practice in the state. The registry operates under MI Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
The certification must be renewed every two years and a CNA is required to have employment for a minimum of 8 hours during the same period in a healthcare facility of the state, and also 12 hours of continuing education every year.
CNA Jobs & Salary in Michigan
CNA is a rewarding career option and one may expect a starting salary around $25,000 a year. Experience, job location and the relevant employer are important considerations that can affect how much money a CNA makes.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Michigan, work under the direct supervision of a licensed health care professional in hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare facilities and related medical facilities, including the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Henry Ford Hospital, Traverse City State Hospital and William Beaumont Hospital.