In Missouri, the Department of Health and Senior Services covers the CNA jurisdiction.
Specific nurse assistant training requirements are defined by the state, and in most cases completing the training is mandatory.
Without exception, every CNA in Missouri must also pass the examination process (this holds even for those already certified in other states).
In addition to the CNA title, several other specialized credentials are also possible (with different, higher training requirements).
A specialty of the Missouri system is distinguishing between inactive and expired CNA certificates.
In case a CNA wasn’t employed for 2 years, he is deemed inactive, and must only take the exam again to renew his certificate
On the other hand, if 5 years have passed, the certificate is considered expired, and full retraining is required.
What Kind of Training is Expected?
There are certain requirements that a candidate must meet before he is able to enroll in training: a person must be 18 years old, or, if younger, must be taking high-school courses on health.
Additionally, background screening will be done for every candidate.
Usually, theory education will last 75 hours, and the student will have to dedicate 100 hours to practical clinical training.
Training is offered by various institutions, such as community colleges, vocational-technical schools, private schools, high schools, nursing homes, or qualifying hospitals.
Missouri CNA, CMT, LIMA and Insulin Registry provides a list of training agencies that are officially sanctioned to the public.
For a quick list of top Missouri CNA schools, you are advised to refer to the list provided below.
38 CNA Schools in Missouri
|Appleton City Manor||Appleton City, MO 64724|
|Ashland Healthcare||Ashland, MO 65010|
|Bethany Care Center||Bethany, MO 64424|
|Life Care Center of Bridgeton||Bridgeton, MO 63044|
|Life Care Center of Brookfield.||Brookfield, MO 64628|
|The California Care Center||California, MO 65018|
|Camdenton Windsor Estates||Camdenton, MO 65020|
|Fountainbleau Lodge||Cape Girardeau, MO 63701|
|Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau||Cape Girardeau, MO 63703|
|Friendship Village Chesterfield||Chesterfield, MO 63017|
|The Delmar Gardens Family||Chesterfield, MO 63017|
|Parkside Manor||Columbia, MO 65202|
|Mineral Area Regional Medical Cente||Farmington, MO 63640|
|Camelot Nursing & Rehabilitation Center||Farmington, MO 63640|
|Farmington Presbyterian Manor||Farmington, MO 63640-2910|
|Bent-Wood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center||Florissant, MO 63031|
|Jefferson City Manor Care Center||Jefferson City, MO 65109|
|Twin Pines Adult Care Center||Kirksville, MO 63501|
|Kirksville Manor Care Center||Kirksville, MO 63501|
|Village Care Center||Maryville , MO , 64468|
|Scotland County Care Center||Memphis, MO 63555|
|SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain||Mexico, MO 65265|
|New Florence Nursing & Care Center||New Florence, MO 63363|
|Oakdale Care Center||Poplar Bluff, MO 63901-2650|
|Foxwood Springs||Raymore, MO 64083|
|Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC||Riverside, MO 64150|
|Laverna Village Nursing Home and Apartments||Savannah, MO 64485|
|Glenwood Healthcare||Seymour, MO 65746|
|Miner Nursing Center||Sikeston, MO 63801|
|Missouri Delta Medical Center||Sikeston, MO 63801|
|Oxford HealthCare Springfield||Springfield, MO 65807|
|Magnolia Square||Springfield, MO 65807|
|Carriage Square Health Care Center||St. Joseph MO 64506|
|St. Louis Job Corps Center||St. Louis, MO 63120|
|Missouri Baptist Medical Center||St. Louis, MO 63131|
|Golden Age Living Center||Stover, MO 65078|
|Life Care Center of Sullivan||Sullivan, MO 63080|
|Maries Manor||Vienna, MO 65582|
How Best to Apply for an Exam?
Those that claim to meet the criteria to be exempted from training or parts of it, will have to submit their papers to the Department of Health & Senior Services, along with a copy of a social security card
In some cases, additional documentation may be required as well:
Transcripts are asked from nursing students, and those who didn’t succeed on LPN or RN exams instead have the option to provide the documentation on their education process and the failure notification
For healthcare workers with long-term care qualifications, only documentation about training and their practical work is required.
Psychiatric aides have to add their certification instead of documentation on employment.
In case training was done in another country, copies of multiple required documents must be provided in the form translated to English (e.g. criminal background checks, transcripts, certificates, licenses, etc.)
CNAs coming from outside of Missouri must also add copies of their certification, and in case their Registry doesn’t do employment records, they need to have evidence of past work for at least 8 hours during a 2-year timeframe.
CNAs considered inactive must provide certificate copies
What Kind of Examination Awaits Me?
After a course is finished, there is another step to be passed: the examination.
While there are two parts to the exam (skill and knowledge test), a knowledge part can also be done in oral form.
Only two attempts are allowed, but they must both be exercised within 90 days.
There are time limits as well: if 6 months go by without passing the tests after the training, the training needs to be repeated.
As mentioned, there are exceptions where a test can be attempted without regular training.
This is the option for nursing assistants with 12-month of work experience in a long-term care institution.
Completing the fundamentals of nursing (which includes clinical rotation) also allows a nursing student to take the test (if attempted within 5 years).
The option of just taking the exam is also available to nursing graduates who have already failed to get licensed, as well as to nurses coming from other countries that still haven’t satisfied some of the criteria.
For psychiatric aides or nursing assistants in acute care institutions, the option of taking the exam is open only after both completing the orientation course and having 100 hours of practical work training in a long-term care institution (hospital or traditional).
Skipping at least some parts of the training can be approved by those with gerontological and healthcare training.
The examination is done at various facilities, and some candidates may have the option to take the exam at the facility of their employment since some such facilities offer that option.
Caution: the testing terms are more stringent in Missouri: only one exam attempt is allowed before having to retrain.
What Can Be Built on the CNA Foundation?
A CNA title is a solid foundation to obtain higher titles like the Certified Medication Technician (CMT) or an RNA (Restorative Nurse Assistant).
In fact, an aspiring CMT must already be certified as a CNA.
In addition, he has to have a high-school diploma or GED and complete the training program, including mathematics, vocabulary and comprehension portions of TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) to earn his new title.
A CMT also has the option to add the insulin administration skill to his certification.
Regarding the RNA title, this process is still in the process of being fully defined: for now, the Department of Health recommends aspiring RNAs to have at least 6 months of experience as nurse assistants.
Where Is My Salary?
After all the hard work on training and education, it is natural to expect a good salary.
In Missouri, a CNA can expect a reasonable salary to cover his needs and provide a comfortable life, and the average wage of $30,198 is certainly proof of that.
For those who desire more info, we have prepared a salary overview covering major Missouri cities, so feel free to consult it.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of CNAs in Missouri