Oklahoma is a Midwestern state located just north of Texas that is characterized by its expanses of wide, open plains as well as its areas of forests and mountains. The most familiar and largest city here is Oklahoma City, which is where several CNAs find jobs. This capital city, located in the center of the state, is where the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is placed to celebrate Oklahoma’s western pioneer legacy. The next largest city is Tulsa through which the famous Route 66 passes. The state of 3.9 million residents is home to 116 hospitals and 29,396 nursing homes, giving CNAs here many opportunities to find just the right job to match their interests.
– Capital: Oklahoma City
– Minimum Wage: 7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 116
– Number of Nursing Homes: 29,396
– Total Population: 3,878,051
– Population (ages 45-64): 965,764
– Population (ages 65+): 562,531
– Population (ages 85+): 68,092
– University of Tulsa
– University of Oklahoma, Norman
– Oklahoma State University
The Oklahoma Department of Health manages CNA training, testing and registering for the state. They approve the CNA training programs, which follow the federal minimum of at least 75 total hours of instruction with at least 16 of the hours being performed in a clinical setting under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse. CNA students may work for up to 120 days as un-certified nursing assistants as they train and test. However, this grace period cannot be extended for any reason.
Some individuals may waive training and pass directly to the competency examination. These individuals include nursing students who have taken a basic nursing course and completed some clinical hours as well as graduate and foreign nurses who are waiting to take Board examinations. These individuals will need to pay the Department a $15 waiver fee when they apply to take the competency test.
All other CNA hopefuls will need to take a complete training course. To apply, students will need to be at least 18 years old. The state does not specify that students hold high school diplomas, but some schools do make this a requirement or have students take pre-entrance math, reading and English assessment tests. Students will also need to pass OSBI background checks and have Oklahoma-issued IDs. They must be physically fit, able to lift at least 40 pounds, up-to-date on all immunizations and have a negative tuberculosis screening from the past year. Finally, they must hold liability insurance.
Oklahoma uses three different CNA tests depending on the type of certification students are testing for and on the regional site. These are Prometric, Headmaster and Health Certification Project. Each testing vendor has its set of rules, testing formats and time limits. Health Certification Project is often used for nursing assistants who are testing for further certifications, such as Medication Aide or Home Health Aide.
Each vendor has a two-part test, which tests both CNA theory as well as CNA clinical skills. The test begins with a knowledge section, which may be taken orally by students who have disabilities or who have difficulty reading English. Depending on the vendor, this section must be completed within 90 to 120 minutes and has 55 to 72 multiple-choice questions. Many testing sites use a computer for this portion.
The second section tests clinical skills and is performed in a hands-on environment in front of an Evaluator and on a mannequin or volunteer actor. During the skills section, students will be asked to perform five to seven CNA skills within 30 to 60 minutes. Hand washing is often one of the required tasks while the rest are chosen randomly on test day.
Students must pass both sections before they have their names submitted to the state’s CNA registry. Those who fail have up to three attempts total to pass each section. Those who do not pass by this time will be required to retake training classes. Testing fees vary by vendor.
Because Oklahoma follows the minimum federal guidelines for CNA training hours, CNAs moving to Oklahoma from other states can easily transfer their certifications with them through a process known as reciprocity. Applicants will need to fill out Reciprocity Applications and provide their social security numbers and prior certification numbers from all previous states. They must also complete criminal background checks. To be eligible for reciprocity in Oklahoma, CNAs must have active licenses in their past states and not be listed on the abuse registry. The completed application will be mailed to the Oklahoma Nurse Aide Registry, which will verify certification and list CNAs on the registry within 30 days from receipt of the application. Reciprocity is free.
Oklahoma CNAs must renew their certifications every two years. The Department of Health sends out renewal reminders approximately 90 days before the expiration date. To be eligible to renew, CNAs must have worked at least eight hours in the past two years and must remain in good standing with the state by not being listed on Oklahoma’s Abuse Registry. Those who allow their certifications to lapse or who have not worked the required eight hours must retake both sections of the competency examination. They must pass the examination on the first attempt; otherwise, they will need to retrain and retest. The cost for renewal is $40; additional fees apply to reinstate lapsed licenses.
|Integris Baptist Medical Center||3300 NW Expressway||Oklahoma City||OK||73112||405-949-3011||Website|
|Amg Specialty Hospital-Edmond||1100 East Ninth Street||Edmond||OK||73034||405-341-8150||Website|
|Amg Specialty Hospital-Tulsa||1923 South Utica Avenue, 4 South||Tulsa||OK||74104||918-744-3047||Website|
|Arbuckle Memorial Hospital||2011 West Broadway Street||Sulphur||OK||73086||580-622-2161||Website|
|Atoka County Medical Center||1501 South Virginia Avenue||Atoka||OK||74525||580-889-3333||Website|
|Bailey Medical Center||10502 North 110th East Avenue||Owasso||OK||74055||918-376-8000||Website|
|Beaver County Memorial Hospital||212 East Eighth Street||Beaver||OK||73932||580-625-4551||Website|
|Bristow Medical Center||700 West 7th Avenue, Suite 6||Bristow||OK||74010||918-367-2215||Website|
|Brookhaven Hospital||201 South Garnett Road||Tulsa||OK||74128||918-438-4257||Website|
|Carl Albert Community Mental Health Center||1101 East Monroe Avenue||McAlester||OK||74501||918-426-7800||Website|
|Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital||102 North Broadway||Carnegie||OK||73015||580-654-1050||Not Available|
|Cedar Ridge Hospital||6501 NE 50th Street||Oklahoma City||OK||73141||405-605-6111||Website|
|Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital||100 South Bliss Avenue||Tahlequah||OK||74464||918-458-3100||Website|
|Chickasaw Nation Medical Center||1921 Stonecipher Drive||Ada||OK||74820||580-436-3980||Website|
|Choctaw Memorial Hospital||1405 East Kirk Street||Hugo||OK||74743||580-317-9500||Website|
|Choctaw Nation Health Care Center||One Choctaw Way||Talihina||OK||74571||918-567-7000||Website|
|Cimarron Memorial Hospital||100 South Ellis Street||Boise City||OK||73933||580-544-2501||Website|
|Claremore Indian Hospital||101 South Moore Avenue||Claremore||OK||74017||918-342-6200||Website|
|Cleveland Area Hospital||1401 West Pawnee Street||Cleveland||OK||74020||918-358-2501||Website|
|Coal County General Hospital||6 North Covington Street||Coalgate||OK||74538||580-927-2327||Website|