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Nursing Assistant FAQs

Where are Influenza vaccines currently available?

Flu shots are currently available at the GHC Clinic located at the Truax Campus, as well as area pharmacies, etc.

You will not be allowed to register for a Nursing Assistant course without documentation of a current influenza vaccine.

 

Are Nursing Assistant courses available on the weekends?

Yes! Madison College is a recent recipient of a Wisconsin Blueprint for Prosperity grant, allowing creation of a weekend nursing assistant program. This program is designed for individuals with full-time work or school obligations on weekdays but open to all Madison College district students.

In this hybrid course, you will have the opportunity to complete the theory portion of the course online. You must commit to (4) skills lab weekend-days or evenings at the Truax campus and (6) weekend clinical day or evenings at an area healthcare organization. Click here to view available sections of this course.

Questions? Please contact the School of Health Education at (608)246-6065.

 

How do I register for a Nursing Assistant course?

Please visit the Nursing Assistant Registration Requirements page for more details.

 

What are my options if I am not able to attend all the scheduled class times?

The Nursing Assistant Course is regulated by the Department of Health Services, including the course content and number of hours.  Successful completion requires students to have completed the full 120 course hours in the classroom, skills lab and clinical setting.  The expectation is the student will attend all hours for the course they have registered for.  A student who is late or missing class will likely not pass the course.  Students should not be registering for a course if they cannot commit to attending all the assigned hours.

 

Where will my clinical site be located?

The Nursing Assistant Program uses many different clinical sites. Clinical site assignment is based on instructor and clinical site availability. Clinical facilities are frequently not on a convenient bus route and may be as far as 16-25 miles from the campus. Students are responsible for their own transportation to their assigned clinical site. Car-pooling with peer students is encouraged as necessary. Please observe the posted hours on the website for start and end time ranges (clinicals can begin very early and end late, varying from the actual class and lab times on campus).

 

How do I complete the background check and health history process?

Go to CertifiedBackground.com to order and pay for your background check and health screening document manager. The cost is $68. The package code for Madison College is MJ17. Make sure to fill out and upload the Background Information Disclosure (BID) form to your Certified Profile. You must also complete and submit a Health Screening form to CertifiedBackground.com.

NOTE: The Health Screening form will require you to obtain personal health records, TB testing and other vaccinations. It could take more than three weeks to complete the required vaccinations and testing, so please allow ample time prior to term start.

If you are concerned about the potential results of your background check, you may wish to speak with our Nursing Assistant Program Director prior to activating your Certified Background account.

Prior to September 16, 2013, students were required to activate two separate package codes (one for the health screening document manager and one for the background check). If you only activated the background check package code and need to now enter the health screening document manager, please use package code MJ17im. If you only activated the health screening document manager package code and need to now enter the background check, please use package code MJ17bg.

Detailed Step-by-Step Instructions

 

What costs should be anticipated in addition to the tuition for the course?

Students will need to budget for the following:

  • Textbook and supply bucket
  • Uniform and shoes
  • Processing fees for the BID and health history form through CertifiedBackground.com
  • Health screening with a health care provider, Tb skin tests, titers and vaccinations; health insurance, and certification fees (if certification is desired).  Successful completion of the course qualifies the student to become certified; however, the certification process and fees are not included in the course.

Please note: this program/course is not eligible for Financial Aid.

 

What is the uniform requirement for Nursing Assistant courses?

  • Clean, neat scrub pants or skirt without writing or logos.
  • Colored uniform top or clean, neat scrub top without writing or logos. Ex: No Wisconsin Badger scrubs, Property of _____, etc.
  • Clean, white duty shoes – can be leather tennis shoes. No canvas shoes, clogs, sandals or platform soles, or any shoes that are pervious to fluids.
  • Socks or stockings must be worn.

 

I took the Nursing Assistant course, but did not take the certification exam.  What do I need to do now?

Testing must be completed within one year from the date on your Nursing Assistant course certificate. If testing is not successfully completed within one year, you must complete the entire Nursing Assistant course.

 

How do I get another Certificate of Completion?

The Nursing Assistant Certificate of Completion can be requested from the Program Director. Make sure your phone number and mailing address are up-to-date in your Student Center, to ensure a prompt delivery. Because the certificate is used only for certification application, certificates will not be generated beyond one year past graduation.

 

How do I apply to take the certification exam?

You will need to complete the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP®) Application for the Competency Examination. This application must be signed by your instructor. There is an additional fee for the certification exam (approximately $120) not included in the Nursing Assistant course.

 

I was certified in Wisconsin several years ago but my certification expired.  How do I renew my certification?

Certification Status may be updated every 2 years by:

Verification of Employment

OR

Re-testing with Pearson Vue.

 

Is there a test out option for Nursing Assistant? Can my work experience allow me to take the certification exam? Can I be given credit for the Nursing Assistant course based on experiential credit?

No.  You must complete an entire approved 120 hour training program and successfully complete the certification exam (both written and skills).

 

Where do I find contact information for Nurse Aide Registries in other states?

Please refer to the State Nurse Aide Registries document for addresses and phone numbers.

 

Who do I contact for more information?

Go to Pearson VUE’s website to:

• Download a Candidate Handbook

• Download an Application for Competency Evaluation

• Download an Out-of-State Application

• Download a Change Form

• Download a Nurse Aide Registry Renewal Form

• View Test Schedules and Deadline Dates

• View Frequently Asked Questions

• View the Nurse Aide Practice Written Examination

• Verify your status on the Registry

 

Call the American Red Cross to:

• Obtain a Candidate Handbook

• Obtain an application

• Schedule the examination

• Cancel a scheduled examination

• Arrange special examination requests and services

• Change your current address or name prior to testing

American Red Cross

Hours of Operation – 7:30am – 4:30pm

Phone – 1 (866) 257-5424

Fax – 1 (866) 257-6506

PO Box 5875

Harrisburg, PA 17110

 

Call Pearson VUE to:

• Clarify information about the Registry

• Obtain information on maintaining status on the Registry

• Obtain information regarding your Score Report

• Change your current address or name on file with the Registry

• Request a duplicate Score Report

• Obtain information regarding the examination

• Obtain information regarding reciprocity

• Obtain a Registry Renewal Form

WI Nurse Aide Registry (managed by Pearson VUE)

Hours of Operation – 7:00am – 4:00pm

Phone – 1 (877) 329-8760

NOTE: If you do not have Internet access, call Pearson VUE to verify your status on the Registry.