To be on the CNA registry of Missouri you must take a training program and pass two exams. The Department of Health and Senior Services looks after the certification programs of Certified Nursing Assistants. The exams are usually taken where you do your training, but exams can also be taken at some community colleges and training schools.
You can apply for the CNA training programs if you meet the following;
You may be able to skip the CNA training course and take the exam straight away if you are any of these below;
Missouri gives only one chance pass the exam if one of the above applies to you. If you fail to pass the exam then you need to take the training again and then do the exam again. If you need to do the nursing aide training, a list of the state approved programs can be had from the ‘Department of Health’- Follow this link. Every state approved program needs at least 75 hours in the classroom and 100 hours of practical training. You can apply for the exam after you have done the training. There are two exams. One exam tests clinical skills and the other is written questions. Prometric conducts the exam. You can find a sample test here.
In Missouri, the cost of training depends on if you work in skilled nursing or at a long term care facility or not. If you do you have to pay $ 500, that covers the exam fees as well. If you do not, you have to pay about $1400 for training and the exam.
The certificate of the certified nursing assistant lasts two years. The license can be renewed if you have evidence of at least 8 hours as a paid CNA during the past 2 years.
If you do not pass both parts of the exam in 90 days you have to do the training again.