Alabama is found in the southeastern United States and has direct access to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile. Often called the “Heart of Dixie,” Alabama is known for its red dirt, country charm, and friendliness. It is also known for being the heart of the civil rights movement. Montgomery, the capital city, is home to the Rosa Parks Museum and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church. Other large cities include Huntsville, known for the Marshall Space Flight Center, and Birmingham, known for its steel industry. Alabama CNAs have plenty of room for growth and opportunity in this state of 4.8 million. The state has 97 hospitals and over 26,000 nursing homes, giving CNAs plenty of places to find jobs.
– Capital: Montgomery
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 97
– Number of Nursing Homes: 26,685
– Total Population: 4,849,377
– Population (ages 45-64): 1,286,061
– Population (ages 65+): 743,932
– Population (ages 85+): 83,567
– Auburn University
– Samford University
– University of Alabama
The Alabama Department of Health regulates the CNA training programs throughout the state. Training is offered at a variety of vocational schools and nursing homes. Some high school students even have the opportunity to take CNA classes in their schools. CNA students are allowed to work for pay as unlicensed CNAs for up to 120 days while they train and take the competency evaluation. Nursing students and graduate nurses are not required to complete training before taking the competency examination if they have taken the fundamentals of nursing course.
Alabama CNA programs must have at least 75 hours of training. Of these 75 hours, at least 16 of them must be spent practicing CNA skills in an actual health care environment. This is the federal minimum requirement; many CNA programs offer more hours than this, and students who are considering moving to another state may want to attend a program with more hours.
Alabama does not have a minimum age or educational standard that individuals must reach before applying for CNA training. However, students should realize that having a high school diploma can greatly help them as they search for jobs in the future. In addition, some schools may require students without a diploma to take an assessment test before enrollment to determine reading competency. Students will need to have an FBI criminal background check, a drug test and two fingerprint cards completed. They must also be up-to-date on immunizations and have a recent negative tuberculosis screening.
The CNA competency evaluation is administered through the Alabama Department of Public Health in cooperation with Prometric. The test must be taken and passed within three attempts and within two years of having completed CNA training. If this timeframe is not met, students will be required to retrain. The fee to take the test is three-fold. The skills section costs $35, and the knowledge section costs $30 while the test site charges an additional administration fee of $40.
Prometric requires a two-part test. The knowledge test is usually administered on a computer, but students who speak English as a second language may request an oral test on their applications. The knowledge examination tests CNA theory. The test has 55 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 90 minutes or less.
During the clinical skills test, students will be required to perform five CNA skills in front of a Nurse Aide Evaluator. Two of the skills will be hand washing and indirect care; the other three skills will be randomly chosen on test day. The skills are performed on a volunteer actor who will act like a weakened individual. Students are given between 31 to 40 minutes depending on the skills that are chosen.
Students will learn whether they have passed or failed each section while they are at the testing center. Those who fail will only need to retake the section that they have failed. Prometric will notify Alabama of passing scores within two business days.
Alabama does practice reciprocity for CNAs moving in from out-of-state. However, the process is much different from what is found in most other states. Alabama does not have a reciprocity application form that must be completed. Rather, the CNA should first acquire a job at a licensed facility before having his or her employer contact the Alabama Department of Public Health asking for reciprocity. Those who are unable to find a job in Alabama will generally not be able to transfer their certifications. In addition, the process is done on a case-by-case basis. Some CNAs may be required to retrain and retest. Reciprocity is free except in the cases of those who must retest.
Alabama does not have a renewal process for CNAs. Therefore, no additional fees are needed for CNAs who continue to work for pay. To remain an active CNA in the state, individuals must work at least 8 hours every 24 months performing health care-related tasks for pay. Those who let more than 24 months elapse between work will need to retrain and retest according to the state’s guidelines. Private duty work, home health work and continuing education hours do not count towards the eight required hours. In addition, Alabama CNAs do not have an actual certification number; instead, the state uses the individuals’ social security numbers on the registry.
Alabama Certified Nurse Aide Registry
Alabama Department of Public Health
Division of Health Care Facilities
The RSA Tower, Suite 710
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 206-5169
Fax: (334) 206-0361
|University Of Alabama Hospital At Birmingham||619 19th Street South||Birmingham||AL||35249||205-934-4011||Website|
|Huntsville Hospital||101 Sivley Road SW||Huntsville||AL||35801||256-265-1000||Website|
|Decatur General Hospital||1201 Seventh Street SE||Decatur||AL||35601||256-341-2000||Website|
|Andalusia Regional Hospital||849 South Three Notch Street||Andalusia||AL||36420||334-222-8466||Website|
|Athens-Limestone Hospital||700 West Market Street||Athens||AL||35611||256-233-9292||Website|
|Atmore Community Hospital||401 Medical Park Drive||Atmore||AL||36502||251-368-2500||Website|
|Baptist Medical Center East||400 Taylor Road||Montgomery||AL||36117||334-277-8330||Website|
|Baptist Medical Center South||2105 East South Boulevard||Montgomery||AL||36116||334-288-2100||Website|
|Beacon Children'S Hospital||150 Hospital Drive||Luverne||AL||36049||334-335-5040||Website|
|Bibb Medical Center||208 Pierson Avenue||Centreville||AL||35042||205-926-4881||Website|
|Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center||700 South 19th Street||Birmingham||AL||35233||205-933-8101||Website|
|Bradford Health Services At Huntsville||1600 Browns Ferry Road||Madison||AL||35758||256-461-7272||Website|
|Bradford Health Services At Warrior Lodge||1189 Allbritt Road||Warrior||AL||35180||205-647-1945||Website|
|Brookwood Medical Center||2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive||Birmingham||AL||35209||205-877-1000||Website|
|Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital||105 U S Highway 80 East||Demopolis||AL||36732||334-289-4000||Website|
|Bryce Hospital||200 University Boulevard||Tuscaloosa||AL||35401||205-759-0799||Not Available|
|Bullock County Hospital||102 West Conecuh Avenue||Union Springs||AL||36089||334-738-2140||Not Available|
|Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System||215 Perry Hill Road||Montgomery||AL||36109||334-272-4670||Website|
|Cherokee Medical Center||400 Northwood Drive||Centre||AL||35960||256-927-5531||Website|
|Choctaw General Hospital||401 Vanity Fair Avenue||Butler||AL||36904||205-459-9100||Website|