In Idaho, nurse aides have to complete an officially-approved training program and pass the tests (exams) before being enlisted in the nurse aide registry.
Existing nurses and medical doctors can request to be added to the registry without additional training (though the request may not be approved if there was a previous disciplinary action).
A subcontractor company, Prometric, has been chosen to oversee this process.
CNA Schooling Options in Idaho
Before taking a test, a CNA candidate has to finish a program certified by the state.
Many schools are available in the state, and out-of state programs may be approved by the regulatory party (if it meets the Idaho Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act).
Idaho Technical-Professional Education has established a curriculum valid for the whole state.
The courses take at least 120 hours to complete (with 80 hours of practical or laboratory work meeting minimum requirements).
For candidates that finished training out of the state of Idaho, an testing approval is possible if the application is submitted and approved in the required timeframe; but this is not guaranteed.
Nursing students with at least one semester of practical coursework may also apply te be tested as CNA.
Nurses and medical doctors can request to be added to the Registry, but it may be denied based on various conditions, such as previous disciplinary action (A “Route 4: waiver” in Prometric terminology).
If you believe you have the training required, you can request to take the test, but persons trained as medics, emergency medical technicians or medical assistants are not treated as qualified.
Below we’ve organized a list of free and paid CNA schools in Idaho.
24 CNA Schools in Idaho
|Lost Rivers Medical Center||Arco, ID 83213|
|Ashton Living Center||Ashton, ID 83420|
|Bingham Memorial Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center||Blackfoot, ID 83221|
|Bingham Memorial Hospital||Blackfoot, ID 83221|
|Boise State University – Technical Services Building||Boise, ID 83725|
|Boundary Community Hospital||Bonners Ferry, ID 83805|
|Parke View Rehabilitation & Care Center||Burley, ID 83318|
|North Idaho College||Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814|
|Region 2 Academy||Cottonwood ID 83522|
|River’s Edge Rehabilitation and Living Center||Emmett, ID 83617|
|Owyhee Health and Rehabilitation Center||Homedale, ID 83628|
|Stevens–Henager College||Idaho Falls, ID 83402|
|College of Eastern Idaho||Idaho Falls, ID 83404|
|LewistonVeterans Home||Lewiston, ID 83501|
|Lewis–Clark State College||Lewiston, ID 83501|
|Bear Lake Memorial Hospital||Montpelier, ID 83254|
|Centennial Job Corps Center||Nampa, ID 83687|
|College of Western Idaho||Nampa, ID 83687|
|PocatelloVeterans Home||Pocatello, ID 83201|
|Pocatello Care and Rehabilitation Center||Pocatello, ID 83201|
|Idaho State University||Pocatello, ID 83209|
|Life Care Center of Post Falls||Post Falls, ID 83854|
|Life Care Center of Sandpoint||Sandpoint, ID 83864|
|College of Southern Idaho||Twin Falls, ID 83301|
How Do the Exams Work?
The state-specific manual skills test will require a candidate to play out one of the scenario that tests multiple skills and qualifications.
Manual skills exam has to be passed no later than 6 months after the completion of the education program; 3 attempts are possible.
Second test consists of a written exam, organized by Prometric company.
This test has to be passed within a year of the completion of the CNA training; 3 attemts are available here as well; otherwise, retraining is required.
Optionally, this exam can take an oral form (using a computer to hear the questions), which may be preferred by non-native English speaking candidates or those with imperfect reading ability.
An examination is taken either on the training site or at an institution prescribed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
A written exam costs $29, with the oral version at $39.
There may be additional fees asked by each testing center.
All the guidelines along with test examples are available on government and Prometric websites.
An exam application blueprint is available at Prometric website.
It is possible for a CNA from another state to be included in the registry (without requiring an exam) after submitting a verification form.
CNAs from other states who allowed their certification to lapse may apply to an exam without the training requirement.
Salary: What Can a Future CNA Expect in Idaho?
With an average wage of $29,852, an Idaho CNA may not expect to become wealthy overnight, but can count on a secure living conditions and the freedom to improve, learn and pursue his career goals.
We’ve done some work for you and organized an overview of Idaho CNA salary information, available below.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of CNAs in Idaho