Wisconsin, known for being a major cheese-producing state, is located in the Upper Midwest and experiences severe winter conditions along with mild summers. Parts of the state border Lake Superior and Lake Michigan and give residents beautiful views of the Great Lakes. Wisconsin is also known for the home of the Green Bay Packers football team as well as the location of Wisconsin Dells, which has a series of indoor and outdoor amusement and water parks. With a population of 5.8 million, Wisconsin has plenty of opportunities for those pursuing health care careers and especially for CNAs who help to take care of the 15 percent of the population above the age of 65.
– Capital: Madison
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 129
– Number of Nursing Homes: 34,730
– Total Population: 5,757,564
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,596,915
– Population (ages 65+): 875,868
– Population (ages 85+): 128,096
– University of Wisconsin, Madison
– Lawrence University
– Marquette University
CNA training in Wisconsin must be state-authorized, and Wisconsin does not accept online or correspondence courses. All new CNAs are required to complete training except for those who have completed equivalent nursing training or foreign practical or licensed nurses who are waiting to take their nursing board examinations. These individuals are allowed to skip training with the state’s approval and continue directly to the examination.
The Wisconsin Department of Health regulates the state’s CNA program and does not require students to have completed a minimum amount of education. However, many training programs have their own requirements and may wish students to have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old. Students will also need to have an up-to-date immunization record along with a negative tuberculosis screening from the past six months to attend school. Potential students will also need to undergo both state and FBI background checks and have fingerprints on file with the state before applying for the certification examination. The background checks should not turn up any prior convictions or felonies. Finally, students will need a doctor’s physical completed to prove that they can handle the physical work required of CNAs.
Wisconsin requires a higher-than-average number of training hours for its CNA students. Individuals here must complete at least 120 hours of which 32 hours must be spent performing hands-on care in a local health care facility. The other hours are typically spent in the classroom or lab learning and practicing CNA theory.
The Wisconsin Department of Health uses Pearson Vue to administer its CNA examinations. Students have up to one year to pass the test before they need to redo CNA training. Therefore, getting a testing date set up as soon as possible at the end of training is to one’s advantage.
The test is composed of two sections, which test written knowledge as well as clinical skills. The written test may be taken orally if students indicate this on their applications. The written version has 70 multiple-choice questions while the oral version has 60 multiple-choice questions plus ten additional comprehension questions. Students are given two hours to complete this section. The skills section tests five CNA tasks. One task is always hand washing, and another is taking a measurement, such as a blood pressure. The other three skills are randomly selected on test day. Students will perform the tasks in front of a Nurse Aide Evaluator and will perform them on a volunteer actor. Students have 30 minutes to complete this section. The fee for both sections is $115 whether students choose the written or oral version.
Applicants will receive their scores at the testing site shortly after completing the test. Those who fail one or both sections will receive information about how to retake the section they failed. Individuals may take the test as many times as necessary to receive a passing grade as long as it is completed within the one-year timeframe required.
Wisconsin does endorse CNAs from other states who are moving to Wisconsin. To be eligible for endorsement, CNAs must have completed a training program with at least 120 hours and passed a competency examination in another state. Those who have not completed the examination will be required to test in Wisconsin. Those who completed a training program with fewer than 120 hours will need to have their prior employers fill out an Employment Verification Form that states that the CNA worked at least 2,088 hours within the past 24 months. The process is free, and those who are approved will be listed on the registry within ten days and receive a certificate in the mail within three weeks.
Wisconsin CNAs must renew their certifications every two years. To be eligible for renewal, they must have worked for pay as a CNA under the supervision of a licensed nurse for at least eight hours in the past two years. CNAs will be required to list their employment history on the renewal form. The application is sent through the mail, and the renewal forms take two weeks to process. Wisconsin CNAs who allow their certifications to lapse will be required to retake the competency examination successfully before they are recertified. The renewal process is free except in the case of those required to sit for the examination.
|University Of Wisconsin Hospital And Clinics||600 Highland Avenue||Madison||WI||53792||608-263-6400||Website|
|Aurora St. Luke'S Medical Center||2900 West Oklahoma Avenue||Milwaukee||WI||53215||414-649-6000||Website|
|Froedtert Hospital And The Medical College Of Wisconsin||9200 West Wisconsin Avenue||Milwaukee||WI||53226||414-805-3000||Website|
|Aspirus Wausau Hospital||333 Pine Ridge Boulevard||Wausau||WI||54401||715-847-2121||Website|
|Gundersen Lutheran||1900 South Avenue||La Crosse||WI||54601||608-782-7300||Website|
|Bellin Memorial Hospital||744 South Webster Avenue||Green Bay||WI||54301||920-433-3500||Website|
|Mercy Health Hospital||1000 Mineral Point Avenue||Janesville||WI||53548||608-756-6000||Website|
|Community Memorial Hospital||W180 N8085 Town Hall Road||Menomonee Falls||WI||53051||262-251-1000||Website|
|Mayo Clinic Health Eau Claire||1221 Whipple Street||Eau Claire||WI||54703||715-838-3311||Website|
|Meriter Hospital||202 South Park Street||Madison||WI||53715||608-417-6000||Website|
|Ministry St. Joseph'S Hospital||611 St Joseph Avenue||Marshfield||WI||54449||715-387-1713||Website|
|St. Mary'S Hospital||700 South Park Street||Madison||WI||53715||608-251-6100||Website|
|Wheaton Franciscan-St. Joseph||5000 West Chambers Street||Milwaukee||WI||53210||414-447-2000||Website|
|Agnesian Healthcare||430 East Division Street||Fond Du Lac||WI||54935||920-929-2300||Website|
|Amery Regional Medical Center||265 Griffin Street East||Amery||WI||54001||715-268-8000||Website|
|Appleton Medical Center||1818 North Meade Street||Appleton||WI||54911||920-731-4101||Website|
|Aurora Bay Care Medical Center||2845 Greenbrier Road||Green Bay||WI||54311||920-288-8000||Website|
|Aurora Lakeland Medical Center||W3985 County Road NN||Elkhorn||WI||53121||262-741-2000||Website|
|Aurora Medical Center||10400 South 75th Street||Kenosha||WI||53142||262-948-5600||Website|
|Aurora Medical Center Grafton||975 Port Washington Road||Grafton||WI||53024||262-329-1000||Website|