Home to some of the first settlements in America, Virginia’s rich history includes being named after the Virgin Queen of England and being called “the birthplace of a nation.” Virginia is known for being the home of eight U.S. presidents and the location of the Pentagon. It is also the state that over 8 million people call home. CNAs here have great opportunities for success and even for job growth at a much faster pace than numerous other occupations do. Over 13 percent of the population is over the age of 65, and this is the part of the population that most often needs the medical skills of a trained CNA.
– Capital: Richmond
– Minimum Wage: $7.25
– Number of Hospitals: 93
– Number of Nursing Homes: 32,638
– Total Population: 8,326,289
– Population (ages 45-64): 2,216,880
– Population (ages 65+): 1,146,886
– Population (ages 85+): 138,840
– Washington and Lee University
– University of Virginia
– College of William & Mary
Individuals wishing to become a CNA in Virginia must take a training course that has been approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Individuals who may be waived from taking this training are nursing students who have taken at least one nursing-related course and have completed at least 40 clinical hours providing hands-on patient care. Graduate nurses may also skip directly to the CNA test.
To begin CNA training, individuals must be at least 18 years old and will need to have a high school diploma. They will need a photo ID, two photos and a set of fingerprints on file with the state and must pass a criminal background check. They will also need proof of immunizations, including those against tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella, and a negative tuberculosis test within the past six months. Many training programs require CPR certification and may require students to take a basic English comprehension test. Training programs are located in a variety of vocational schools and even high schools as well as in Virginia nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Before beginning CNA classes, students do not need any previous medical knowledge. They will be taught all they need to know during their classroom theory lectures and their clinical hours. Virginia requires 120 hours of total CNA training, and 40 of these hours must be in providing hands-on patient care. Some programs provide even more hours than this.
Pearson VUE administers the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program in Virginia. This program requires that students take a two-part examination to become a CNA. The first part is the knowledge section, which is typically taken as a written test with 70 multiple-choice questions. An alternate option is an oral version, which consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and ten basic comprehension questions. Those who wish to take this test orally will need to mark this option on the application. Individuals are given two hours to complete this portion.
The skills section is performed in front of an evaluator who will choose four CNA skills at random for the student to perform and will also ask them to take a measurement, such as a blood pressure, on a volunteer. Individuals have 30 minutes to complete their skills.
Applicants will receive their test results on the same day. Those who do not pass will receive instructions about how to schedule another test. Individuals must pass both sections within 24 months of completing CNA training to avoid retraining. However, there is no limit on how many times individuals can take the test in the two-year timeframe. Individuals who are currently working in a nursing home must pass their examination within 120 days to be able to continue working. The fee to take both sections of the test is $94. Those who need to retake only one part will need to pay $25 for the knowledge section or $69 for the skills section.
CNAs moving from another state can apply for endorsement with the Virginia Nurse Aide Registry. These individuals are often not required to retest if they meet the state’s qualifications and are approved. The application can be filled out and submitted online. The application will first be sent to the prior state for certification before being sent back to Virginia. CNAs applying for endorsement must be coming from a state that has similar qualifications for CNAs as Virginia does and must have an active, unencumbered license with no allegations of patient abuse, neglect or maltreatment. They must also have completed a competency examination in the previous state. There is no fee for this service unless the prior state charges a fee for verification.
A Virginia CNA’s initial certification will last one year. After that, certifications will last two years. The Registry sends out renewal notifications approximately a month before the expiration date. CNAs will need to have worked at least eight hours in the previous 24 months. If CNAs do not renew by the expiration date, they will need to apply to the Virginia Nurse Aide Registry for reinstatement. To be reinstated after 90 days of the expiry, CNAs will need to retake the certifications examination. CNAs will also be required to retake the examination if they have not worked the required hours in the past two years. CNAs who renew on time will not be required to pay any fees.
|Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center||1250 East Marshall Street||Richmond||VA||23298||804-828-9000||Website|
|Sentara Norfolk General Hospital||600 Gresham Drive||Norfolk||VA||23507||757-388-3000||Website|
|Inova Fairfax Hospital||3300 Gallows Road||Falls Church||VA||22042||703-776-4001||Website|
|University Of Virginia Medical Center||1215 Lee Street||Charlottesville||VA||22908||434-924-0211||Website|
|Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital||Belleview at Jefferson Street||Roanoke||VA||24014||540-981-7000||Website|
|Bon Secours St. Mary'S Hospital||5801 Bremo Road||Richmond||VA||23226||804-285-2011||Website|
|Sentara Williamsburg Regional Center||100 Sentara Circle||Williamsburg||VA||23188||757-984-6000||Website|
|Winchester Medical Center||1840 Amherst Street||Winchester||VA||22601||540-536-8000||Website|
|Centra Lynchburg General Hospital||1920 Atherholt Road||Lynchburg||VA||24501||434-200-4700||Website|
|Inova Fair Oaks Hospital||3600 Joseph Siewick Drive||Fairfax||VA||22033||703-391-3600||Website|
|Mary Washington Hospital||1001 Sam Perry Boulevard||Fredericksburg||VA||22401||540-741-1100||Website|
|Memorial Regional Medical Center||8260 Atlee Road||Mechanicsville||VA||23116||804-764-6000||Website|
|Sentara Rmh Medical Center||2010 Health Campus Drive||Harrisonburg||VA||22801||540-689-1000||Website|
|Sentara Leigh Hospital||830 Kempsville Road||Norfolk||VA||23502||757-261-6000||Website|
|Augusta Health||78 Medical Center Drive||Fishersville||VA||22939||540-932-4000||Website|
|Inova Mount Vernon Hospital||2501 Parker's Lane||Alexandria||VA||22306||703-664-7000||Website|
|Johnston-Willis Hospital||7101 Jahnke Road||Richmond||VA||23225||804-320-3911||Website|
|Martha Jefferson Hospital||500 Martha Jefferson Drive||Charlottesville||VA||22911||434-654-7000||Website|
|Virginia Hospital Center||1701 North George Mason Drive||Arlington||VA||22205||703-558-5000||Website|
|Bath Community Hospital||83 Park Drive||Hot Springs||VA||24445||540-839-7000||Website|