For all questions regarding Nebraska CNA training in Nebraska, you should refer to the Department of Health and Human Services.
If you have a clean legal record and have reached the age of 16, you satisfy the basic requirements to become a CNA in Nebraska.
Fluency of English is required, but in parts where another language is dominant, that language can be used instead.
Finally, to really become a registered CNA in Nebraska, training has to be completed, and the required exams have to be passed, taking one of the possible paths.
Starting at School
Completing an approved training program (75-hour minimum) is a hard requirement for every aspiring Nebraska CNA.
One exception: for candidates working with developmentally disabled in intermediate care facilities, the requirement is lowered to 21 training hours.
As with everything there are alternatives: going to a nursing school, having military medic training or being registered in another state can also be a path to the Registry.
One caveat: if a candidate is not a nursing student whose course includes this subject, its also mandatory to take a short, one-hour education concerning reporting abuse and neglect.
To find out about the top Nebraska CNA schools, you can use various official resources and websites, but to make things easier, we have prepared a table of top institutions for you below.
17 CNA Schools in Nebraska
|Ashland Care Center||Ashland, NE 68003|
|Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center||Broken Bow, NE 68822|
|Crest View Care Center||Chadron, NE 69337|
|Pine Ridge Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center||Chadron, NE 69337|
|Creighton Area Health Services||Creighton, NE 68729|
|Life Care Center of Elkhorn||Elkhorn, NE 68022|
|Elwood Care Center||Elwood, NE 68937|
|Jefferson Community Health Center||Fairbury, NE 68352|
|Fremont Health||Fremont, NE 68025|
|Heritage Crossings||Geneva, NE 68361|
|Kimball County Manor and Assisted Living||Kimball, NE 69145|
|Countryside Home||Madison, NE 68748|
|Countryside Home||Madison, NE 68748|
|Oakland Heights||Oakland, NE 68045|
|Skyline Retirement Community||Omaha, NE 68134|
|Alegent Health Memorial Hospital Ltc.||Schuyler, NE 68661|
|Alpine Village Retirement Center||Verdigre, NE 68783|
Evaluating the Examination
Passing an exam is required both for fresh training graduates and for CNAs with expired or inactive status (persons who were “grandfathered” from lower-tier requirements are, however, not eligible).
College students have it easy: they can usually test when in college.
Candidates taking an independent course, though, have to apply for testing themselves.
The registration process is provided by two main facilities: Nebraska Health Care Learning Center, and Providence Health Care Institute.
Registration at Nebraska Health Care Institute can be done by mail, fax or online, but must happen 7 days in advance at a minimum.
Eligibility will be determined according to the rules provided by the training instructor, while the main website of the Center lists out all the testing dates and other general information.
$20 is the fee for the written part (knowledge test), while $32 has to be paid for the practical (clinical) exam.
2 retries are allowed in case of failure; after that, retraining is required.
Test results will commonly be known very quickly, on the day of the testing, but the skill test results may sometimes take a bit longer to arrive.
Those approved to take the test at the Providence Health Care Institute must schedule their exam by calling (402)-326-2792.
Commonly, these tests are required for all aspiring CNAs with alternative training; however, RNs and LPNs who have allowed their license to expire may avoid the requirement if they prove recent work experience or nursing or similar type (during last 24 months).
If you are a nursing student, you may also be in luck, if you have been graded in minimally 70% of needed courses
Finally, nurses coming from other countries can also avoid the exam if they succeeded in the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGPNS) or Canadian Nurse Licensing (CNL) exam.
Assessing the Application Procedure
Finishing the officially approved curriculum and passing the exams is enough; no further application is needed to become a certified CNA (the Department will automatically be notified after the exam).
However, persons with so-called “alternative training” (military medics, nursing students, LPNs or RNs with expired certifications) will have to provide additional documentation proving they are suitable and eligible.
This will usually consist of a cover letter with added birthday date, social security or I-94 number, address and phone (plus last work date for those with lapsed certificates).
The following additional documents are required as well:
For trained military medics, a copy of a training record or DD214 is needed, while an international nurse has to produce a copy of a graduate certificate or license (translated if not in English).
Expired LPNs and RNs will have to provide a copy of the license, except if certified in Nebraska.
A nursing student has to bring a signed copy of the transcript (except if his schools submit it automatically).
Coming from Out of State
CNAs coming from another state can be registered in Nebraska if he or she can prove the completion of at least 75 hours of training and having work experience in the last 24 months (if not, challenging the exam is required).
They have to fill and submit the interstate endorsement form.
One important exception is the state of Iowa: CNAs coming from there will have to provide a copy of the training certificate; since certification cards or testing results are not accepted from that state.
Also: every CNA coming from out-of-state must take a one-hour education concerning recognition and reporting of abuse (following the Nebraska program).
Often, a Nebraska employer will provide this training, but everyone else must register through one of the following institutions: Central Community College in Hastings, Clarkson College in Omaha, Providence Health Career Institute in Lincoln, Southeast Community College in Lincoln or Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.
An online version of this training is available at Southeast Community College and Providence Health Career Institute.
Those coming from Iowa Western Community College and Tri-State Nursing are in luck; these schools are notable in that they already include this training in their curricula.
Starting With the Salary
A beginner CNA can expect a comfortable life and relative job safety, but not luxury; however, with experience and age, his earning will certainly grow.
While an average Nebraska CNA wage is currently $29,057, for those interested to dive deeper into the data, we have prepared a concise per-city salary overview.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of CNAs in Nebraska