The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) holds jurisdiction over Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs).
For you to be one, you must meet these two requirements:
- Complete the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP)
- Pass the Alabama CNA Exam
The thing is, Alabama doesn’t grant certification to eligible CNAs.
Instead, you will be automatically added to the CNA Registry upon passing the exam.
Taking on a CNA Training Program in Alabama
To ensure standardized NATCEP, ADPH examines and approves the training facilities that offer it.
During training, you will spend a minimum of 75 hours of training, which includes:
- 16 hours of lab instruction
- 16 hours of supervised clinical training
After training completion, you will be able to show competence in providing basic care to residents.
Also, the training facility will award you a Certificate of Completion.
Below are some of the CNA training facilities approved by the state that you can check out.
25 CNA Schools in Alabama
|Central Alabama Community College - Alexander City Campus||Alexander City, AL 35011-0699|
|Brown Nursing Home||Alexander City, AL 35010|
|Limestone Health Facility||Athens, AL 35611|
|Birmingham Nursing and Rehabilitation||Birmingham, AL 35214|
|Wallace Community College||Dothan, AL 36303|
|Reid State Technical College||Evergreen, AL 36401|
|Glenwood Center||Florence, AL 35630|
|Gadsden State Community College||Gadsden, AL 35903|
|Haleyville Health Care Center||Haleyville, AL 35565|
|Hanceville Nursing Home||Hanceville, AL 35077|
|Hartford Health Care||Hartford, AL 36344|
|Big Springs Speciality Care Center||Huntsville, AL 35801|
|Lineville Health and Rehabilitation||Lineville, AL 36266|
|Luverne Health and Rehabilitation||Luverne, AL 36049|
|Valley View Health and Rehabilitation||Madison, AL 35757|
|Sea Breeze Health Care Center||Mobile, AL 36603|
|Lynwood Nursing Home||Mobile, AL 36693|
|Trenholm State Technical College||Montgomery, AL 36108|
|Bevill State Community College - Fayette Campus||North Fayette, AL 35555|
|Drake State Technical College||North Huntsville, AL 35811|
|JF Drake State Community and Technical College||North Huntsville, AL 35811|
|Ester Seals Alabama Inc.||Opelika, AL 36801|
|South Hampton Nursing and Rehab||Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763|
|Greenbriar at The Altamont||South Birmingham, AL 35205|
|Southern Union Community College||Wadley, AL 36276|
Evaluating a CNA Candidate
Now that you completed training, you will now take the Alabama CNA Exam provided by the following ADPH-approved providers:
These two will administer the exam in nursing homes or qualified facilities in the state.
You will have to visit each test provider’s website for the exam specifics and fees.
Here are their contact details:
AL Nurse Aide
7941 Corporate Dr.
Nottingham MD 21236
Registration and Scheduling Services
3 Bala Plaza West
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (888) 204-6185
Generally, both test providers will have two components for the Alabama CNA Exam.
- Knowledge test (written or oral)
- Clinical skills test
Both tests are timed tests and have sets of nurse aide competencies that you must complete.
For the knowledge test, it’s a number of multiple-choice questions.
And for the clinical skills test, it’s demonstrating five nurse aide skills completely and accurately.
You have within 24 months of training completion to pass the Alabama CNA Exam.
Also, the ADPH has allowed three chances for you to pass both tests.
Otherwise, you’ll have to retrain again to retake the exam.
The table below lists the exam fees for each test provider.
|Knowledge test (written or oral)||$35||$55|
|Clinical skills test||$40||$80|
|Test site administration fee||$40||–|
Reciprocity for Out-of-State CNAs
The way ADPH handles reciprocity is certainly unique compared to other states.
You can transfer your certification to Alabama only if your prospective employer contacts the state’s CNA Registry for reciprocity.
No reciprocity application and fee are required.
Do note that this only applies to out-of-state CNAs who are active and in good standing in another state’s registry.
If you can’t find a job at a licensed nursing facility, then you can’t become a CNA in Alabama.
Or, another alternative you can do is to take Alabama’s NATCEP and pass the CNA Exam so you can register as a CNA in the state.
Like many other jobs, a CNA’s salary varies and depends on several factors, such as:
- Work experience
On average, you can expect to receive a $29,419 annual salary.
The table below shows how much you can receive if you are to work in the cities listed below.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of CNAs in Alabama