School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nursing Assistant Frequently Asked Questions

What are my options if I am unable to attend all scheduled class times?
The Nursing Assistant course is regulated by the Department of Health Services, including the course content and number of required hours. Successful completion requires students to complete the full 120 course hours in the classroom, skills lab and clinical setting. You should not register for a course if you cannot commit to attending all assigned hours.

What does instructional component hybrid mean?
The 50 hours of face-to-face classroom time is replaced with online activities, via Blackboard. Students do not meet face-to-face. The work is not self-paced however, and has strict deadlines to keep you on pace with the course. 

What does instructional component accelerated mean?
The 120 hour course is compressed into 3-4 weeks (instead of 9-10). You will need to commit to intense focus and time commitment to complete the course successfully. The classroom portion is in a hybrid/online format. You need strong computer and online course work skills. 

What is the Nursing Assistant uniform requirement?

  • Clean scrub pants or skirt and top in a solid color; no writing, logos or patterns
  • Clean shoes; no canvas, clogs, sandals, platform soles or any shoes that fluids can penetrate
  • Socks or stockings

Can I register if I haven't completed my second TB skin test? No. All health screening requirements must be fully complete and approved prior to registration. 

If I've already completed a background check with a CastleBranch account, can I use it for the Nursing Assistant requirements?
Yes, you will need to work with CastleBranch to set up the mechanism to "share" your background check with the program director. Note: you may be required to purchase a "sex offender index" (additional $10), if your original background check did not include this. 

Where can I purchase the textbook and required Nursing Assistant Supply Kit?
You can purchase the textbook and kit at your campus bookstore.  Once you've registered, you can also download a free PDF version of the book in Blackboard. 

I took the Nursing Assistant course, but did not take the certification exam. What do I need to do now?
If testing is not completed within one year from the date on your Nursing Assistant course certificate, you must complete the entire Nursing Assistant course.

How do I obtain another Certificate of Completion?
The Nursing Assistant Certificate of Completion can be requested from the program director. Because this certificate is used only to apply for the certification examination, certificates will not be generated beyond one year past graduation.
For proof of program completion for reasons other than the initial competency testing, please obtain an official transcript.

How do I apply to take the competency exam?
You must complete the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Application for the Competency Examination. This application must be signed by your instructor. The certification exam fee is $125, and is not included in your Nursing Assistant course tuition. 

I was placed on the Wisconsin Nurse Aide Registry several years ago, but my certification expired. How do I renew my status on the Nurse Aide Registry?
Certification status must be updated every two years by verification of employment OR retesting with Pearson VUE.

Where do I find contact information for nurse aide registries in other states? 
Please refer to the State Nurse Aid Registries (PDF) document for contact information.