CNA Classes in Louisiana (LA)

To become a CNA in Louisiana, you must take the training and pass the test.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reviews and approves the program. The Pearson Vue Group administers the test.  After you pass the test, you will be listed on the Louisiana nursing aide registry.


  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must have a GED or high school diploma
  • Pass a physical with a TB and drug test
  • Show proof of immunizations
  • Pass a background check with fingerprinting

To Apply:

You don’t need to take the training if you are:

  • a lapsed CNA in good standing who has been on the registry in the past and has taken a re-certification course;
  • a graduated nurse or student nurse who has the proper documents; or
  • a reciprocity candidate- a CNA from other states who is in good standing and has the required proof.

All others need to go through the program. Programs are 80 hours. They are divided between classroom and clinical training. After the training, you can apply to take the test. The test has a written section and a practical section.


The cost is between $600 and $1000. Testing fees include:

  • Written and practical test- $90
  • Oral written and practical test- $100

If you are employed, your employer will pay for all fees.


Licenses expire every 24 months from the last day you worked as a CNA. It can be renewed only if you have worked as a CNA for at least 8 hours in a 2 year period.


  • You can work as a CNA without a license for up to 120 days while in training. You have 120 days to finish training, pass the test, and get your license to keep working.

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