CNA Exams in North Dakota

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CNA Exams in North Dakota are regulated by the North Dakota Board of Nursing (NDBN). NDBN has developed certain criteria for providing training and nurse aide tests in the state.  Aspirants have to undergo a specified procedure to get qualified as a nursing assistant. They first need to complete a state approved training program, then pass the Competency Test and get listed on the Nurse Aide Registry. Every candidate gets three chances to qualify the skills and written test. They will be entitled to take the whole exam again, if all they failed in all the three chances. NDBN follows the federal guidelines to complete the process of certification, including practical work and 75 hours of classroom learning.

Aspirants have to submit a duly filled application form along with required fees to take the NNAAP (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program).

Requirements to be Eligible to Appear for CNA Exams

Following are the requirements, which every candidate is required to follow, in order to appear for the CNA examinations.

  • Candidate must possess the citizenship as per the state and federal regulations.
  • You are required to complete 75 hours of training session.
  • Candidates must have a proof of immunization, negative TB report and must pass a fingerprint test, drug screen test, a psychological exam and criminal background check.
  • Aspirants have to submit two photo identities.
  • Candidates must possess a North Dakota State driver’s license or photo ID.
  • Aspirants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You are ought to possess a high school diploma or GED.

On the Day of Exam

Following instructions are to be followed on the day of exam:

  • You should reach at the exam center 15 minutes before the scheduled exam time.
  • Applicants, who reach late, will not be permitted to enter the examination hall.
  • You are supposed to wear a watch with a second hand.
  • 2 forms of identification must be carried to the test site, of which, one should be a photo ID, driving license, passport or government issued Photo ID.
  • Incomplete and improper identification forms are not acceptable in the examination centre.
  • The name of the applicant should match the name, mentioned on ID provided.
  • Candidates are required to show a divorce decree or marriage certificate if, he/she has divorced or married, recently.
  • Candidates must appear in a proper uniform.
  • To complete the written test, candidates are required to carry a blue or black pen.

Examination Rules and Regulation

Here are the rules and regulations associated with the exam, which each applicant must compulsorily know before appearing for the test.

  • Electronics, like pagers and cell phones are not acceptable in the examination hall.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to take smoking breaks during the testing process.
  • Bathroom facilities will be provided in between written and clinical exams only.
  • Any sort of misconduct on your part will result in your termination from the exam.
  • Weapons are not allowed in the exam centre.
  • Applicants’ guardians, family members, guests and children are not permitted to enter in the exam hall.
  • In case, English is not your primary language, you can carry an unaltered dictionary.
  • Electronic dictionaries are not permissible.
  • Eatables are banned in the exam hall.
  • Cheating is considered as illegal. If any candidate is found cheating, his exam will be rescinded at that very moment.
  • The authorities can take necessary actions against you, if you are found sharing the information in the exam hall after finishing your test.

Components of CNA Exam

CNA Exams are aimed to determine a person’s abilities, knowledge and skills to become a nursing assistant. To take the NNAAP or National Nurse Aide Assessment Program, one has to complete an Admission Application. This application has to be submitted with a money order of $120 to the state Board of Nursing. The nurse aide test is divided into two parts- oral and written.

Written Examination

The written examination is conducted in a classroom. Candidates are allotted two hours to complete 70-80 multiple-choice questions, given in the paper.  75% of marks are compulsory to score in order to pass the test. The written exam is computer-based audio test. Candidates can use headphones to hear the questions unambiguously. Applicants with documented disability can avail oral test, in which, they have to hear the questions through cassette or CD and mark the correct answers in their answer sheet.

Skills Examination

Clinical skills of a candidate are evaluated by an examiner, appointed and authorized by the nursing board. The candidates are required to demonstrate a set of 5 skills, given by the evaluator. A time period of minimum of 20-30 minutes and maximum of 40 minutes is provided to the candidates to accomplish all the required skills. Remember that while performing the skills, you are minutely observed by the examiner and a small mistake on your part can affect your scores. So, be careful! Observe the following precautions while demonstrating clinical skills.

  • Infection Control: Proper hand washing should be performed before and after patient care.
  • Patient Privacy: Knock the door before entering into a client’s room.
  • Prevention Technique: Provide protective and safe care for injuries, falls, and accidents, while performing skills.
  • Communication Skills: Before carrying out any procedure on the client, describe him/her about it in detail. Perform proper assessment and maintain proper records of patient’s notes.
  • Vital Signs: Perform the skills correctly and report abnormal values to the registered nurse.

Examination Evaluation

If a candidate qualifies both the written and oral exam, a mail will be sent through the North Dakota Nursing Assistant Registry within one week from the date, you appeared for the examination. The Registry is responsible for registering the names of qualified candidates. The outcome of the examination is confidential and is only revealed to the candidate and your training program. The result is not declared through phone, but by a mail. Below are some specifications, which are needed to be followed for competency evaluation:

  • The examination must be evaluated by the state approved agency or department.
  • The authorized body, evaluating the exam, must guide the nurse aide in advance about the inclusion of evaluated outcome in the nurse aide registry.
  • The skills demonstration section of the exam must be conducted in a laboratory.
  • The skills demonstration exam must be administered by a registered nurse, possessing at least one year of experience in providing care for chronically ill or elderly.
  • The department holds the right to monitor the nurse aide competency evaluations, if the department finds any evidence of indecency, including tampering by the examiner.

Re-Taking the Examination

To get registered as a CNA, one must have to qualify both the written test and skills exam. But, in case, a candidate fails, he/she can retake the exam. Candidates can qualify the examinations within 2 years of finishing graduation. If a candidate receives failure notice through mail, he can fill the re-take form and mail it to the authorized board. If you fail to pass in 3 attempts, you are supposed to go through the whole procedure again.

Contact (If Any Query)

To confirm the testing dates and time, contact the ND Board of Nursing at 701-328-9777.  Further details are given below.

North Dakota Board of Nursing
Address- 919, S 7th Street, Suite- 504,
Bismarck, North Dakota- 58504-5881
Phone – 701-328-9777
Fax – 701-328-9785