CNA Certification in North Dakota

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Candidates who want to have career in the state of North Dakota as a CNA, will have to finish the training program first and then qualifying the exam. After this only candidates appear on the state’s registry and can work as a professional certified nursing assistant. The training programs and state’s registry are monitored by the North Dakota Department of Health. Testing, notifications and scoring are done by the D&S Diversified Technologies.

Eligibility Requirements

To become eligible to apply for the state approved CNA programs in Dakota, includes fulfilling the following given below requirements:

  • Candidates must complete 28 years of their age;
  • Candidates must provide the evidence of a complete physical screening. This must involve the drug screening and TB testing. Up to date immunization is also required;
  • Criminal background check with fingerprinting data is needed. Candidates must be free from all criminal offences having no felony records; and
  • Candidates must carry the evidence of a GED and a HIGH School graduation.

After fulfilling above requirements, aspirants can apply for enrolment in the training course of their choice.

How to Apply

Some aspirants can skip the training program of the certified nursing aide, if they are:

  • CNAs of other states apply for listing on the state’s registry; or
  • Some LPNs, RNs and military CNAs can fight the competency examination directly to appear on the registry.

Those who are in need to take the CNA training can download the full list of the state’s approved training programs from the link-

All training programs that are approved by the state’s Board of Nursing require minimum 75 hours that are divided between the clinical hours of 16 hours and the rest for classroom lectures. Once candidates finish mandatory hours of the chosen training program, they can apply for the exam. It is done through D&S website. Students can select the testing location out of the many given testing sites.

The exam comprises of two sections. The one is written section (can be taken orally also) that carries 72 multiple choice questions (MCQs); the other is skill exam in which students need to perform any 5 chosen skills. It is important to qualify both the section of the examination to appear on the CNA registry.


Training cost comes between $ 300 and $ 1000 in the state of North Dakota. The examination fee is flat $ 120.

Certificate Renewal

  • Certificate renewal is required in every 2 years.  It is right from the date of CNA certification issue date till the completion of 24 months.
  • Renewal notification is mailed to CNAs at their residence (or given address) 60 days prior to expiration.
  • It is mandatory to complete 8 hours of paid employment as a CNA during the last 2 years in order to become eligible to apply for the certificate renewal.

Must Know Facts

  • Federal law stipulates Medicaid accredited nursing facility or Medicare to reimburse the training and examination fees of the employed CNAs. A full fee of training and testing is reimbursed if candidates successfully complete their training and qualify the examination within the period of 12 months.
  • A sample test can be taken online at the link-  before facing the actual testing.
  •  Candidates are allowed to work as a Certified Nursing Aide for up to 120 days in North Dakota only if they get certified in those 120 days.
  • Candidates are given three chances to qualify the exam. If they fail, retraining of the training program is the only option left with them to retake the exam.