Georgia often called the Peach State, offers something for everyone. Bordered on its eastern side by the Atlantic Ocean and the north by the Blue Ridge Mountains, it offers a variety of climates and geographies. Although the best-known city is Atlanta, which provides numerous businesses and a thriving nightlife, Georgia also offers classic Southern charm with picturesque small towns and wildflower-lined dirt roads. Georgia is a growing state with a population of over 10 million. Of this number, nearly 1.3 million residents are over the age of 65. This makes this charming Southern state an excellent opportunity for aspiring CNAs.
– Capital: Atlanta
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 144
– Number of Nursing Homes: 39,883
– Total Population: 10,097,343
– Population (ages 45-64): 2,577,733
– Population (ages 65+): 1,251,538
– Population (ages 85+): 131,194
– Emory University
– Georgia Institute of Technology
– University of Georgia
Students must train in a Georgia-approved program to be eligible to take the CNA examination in the state. To get into a training program, applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED. They must also complete a background check and have two fingerprint cards and two passport-sized pictures on record. Students must be up-to-date on their immunizations and have had a negative tuberculosis screening in the past six months. Of course, students will need to be able to push, pull and lift up to 50 pounds to work at clinicals.
Training in Georgia consists of two basic parts, which are CNA theory classes and CNA clinicals, performed at area healthcare facilities. Students must complete at least 16 hours of classroom training before beginning any patient contact. They must complete at least 85 hours of training altogether to be eligible to sit for the examination. The first 16 hours of training must cover six major topics, including communication, infection control, safety, residents’ rights, residents’ independence and interpersonal skills. Following this, students will be required to train in the areas of basic nursing skills, care of the cognitively impaired patient, mental health care, patient personal care and more.
All Georgia CNA programs are required to include the previously mentioned classes. Some may also include additional courses for further certification, such as first aid, CPR or blood borne pathogens.
Following successful completion of a CNA program, students will need to apply to the Georgia National Nurse Aide Assessment Program to take the CNA examination, which is administered by Pearson VUE. Students must send in the fee along with the application before they are scheduled for the test. The knowledge and skills tests cost $112 for both the written as well as the oral versions. The tests must be completed within one year of completing the training program to avoid retraining. Also, each test can be taken up to three times to avoid retraining.
The CNA examination is taken by those who have never been certified before as well as by those who have allowed their certifications to lapse. The knowledge portion can be taken in writing in the English language or orally in English or Spanish per the applicant’s wish. The written test consists of 70 multiple-choice questions while the oral test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions plus ten additional questions to test comprehension. Applicants have two hours to complete the knowledge portion.
During the skills portion of the examination, applicants will be asked to perform five randomly chosen skills in front of a nurse aide evaluator. They will have 25 minutes to complete the section and will perform the skills on a volunteer candidate. Applicants will find out whether or not they have passed while at the testing site. Those who pass will have their names submitted to the Alliant Georgia Nurse Aide Registry.
Georgia practices reciprocity with other states. This allows CNAs to transfer their certifications to Georgia. The process is free but requires individuals to fill out a Reciprocity Application and mail it into the Georgia Medical Care Foundation. Applicants must have an active certification and must not be listed on an abuse registry. In addition, applicants must have worked at least eight hours for pay within the past two years to be eligible. Private duty CNAs must have worked under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse and must send in a notarized statement that includes the nurse’s license number. The process takes 14 days to transfer from a state with an online registry but longer for states without this convenience.
Georgia CNA certification lasts for two years. CNAs must renew before this time is up to avoid having to retest. Those who let their certification lapse for more than three years will need to retrain using a Georgia-approved training program. To renew, CNAs must be able to prove that they have worked at least eight hours for pay within the past two years. Private duty CNAs must have worked under the supervision of a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse and must include a notarized statement of duties and the nurse’s license number. CNAs will need to a statement of income, such as a pay stub, as proof. It takes approximately two weeks to receive a new certificate in the mail. Renewal is free.
|Emory University Hospital||1364 Clifton Road NE||Atlanta||GA||30322||404-712-2000||Website|
|University Hospital||1350 Walton Way||Augusta||GA||30901||706-722-9011||Website|
|Medical Center Of Central Georgia||777 Hemlock Street||Macon||GA||31201||478-633-1000||Website|
|Northside Hospital||1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE||Atlanta||GA||30342||404-851-8000||Website|
|Emory St. Joseph'S Hospital||5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE||Atlanta||GA||30342||678-843-7001||Website|
|Kennestone Hospital||677 Church Street||Marietta||GA||30060||770-793-5000||Website|
|Northeast Georgia Medical Center||743 Spring Street NE||Gainesville||GA||30501||770-219-3553||Website|
|St. Joseph'S-Candler||5353 Reynolds Street||Savannah||GA||31405||912-819-6000||Website|
|St. Joseph'S-Candler||11705 Mercy Boulevard||Savannah||GA||31419||912-819-4100||Website|
|Athens Regional Medical Center||1199 Prince Avenue||Athens||GA||30606||706-475-7000||Website|
|Emory University Hospital Midtown||550 Peachtree Street NE||Atlanta||GA||30308||404-686-4411||Website|
|Wellstar Douglas Hospital||8954 Hospital Drive||Douglasville||GA||30134||770-949-1500||Website|
|Anchor Hospital||5454 Yorktowne Drive||Atlanta||GA||30349||770-991-6044||Website|
|Appling Healthcare System||163 East Tollison Street||Baxley||GA||31513||912-367-9841||Website|
|Atlanta Medical Center||303 Parkway Drive NE||Atlanta||GA||30312||404-265-4000||Website|
|Atlanta Va Medical Center||1670 Clairmont Road||Decatur||GA||30033||404-321-6111||Website|
|Bacon County Hospital And Health System||302 South Wayne Street||Alma||GA||31510||912-632-8961||Website|
|Barrow Regional Medical Center||316 North Broad Street||Winder||GA||30680||770-867-3400||Website|
|Bjc Medical Center||70 Medical Center Drive||Commerce||GA||30529||706-335-1000||Website|
|Bleckley Memorial Hospital||145 East Peacock Street||Cochran||GA||31014||478-934-6211||Not Available|