Complete the CNA Certification in South Carolina Process and Meet the OBRA Requirements

A Certified Nursing Aide, commonly known as a CNA in its short-form is a direct-care worker, certified with CNA Certification in South Carolina. The certification also confirms that a nurse aide is competent enough to provide personal assistance, and basic nursing cares to elderly people with chronic diseases or disabilities in the long-term care facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Nurse assistants are also qualified to assist residents with ADLs such as bathing, feeding, drinking, walking, toileting, grooming, and transfers.

OBRA Requirements

Before 1987, nursing assistants were not required to attend a formal nurse aide training program (NATP) for working in the facilities, but it was noticed that untrained nurse aides, without sufficient nursing care skills and knowledge were endangering the life, safety and welfare of the patients and public alike. In order to improve the quality of care, and protect the independence and safety of the patients and residents in the licensed facilities, US congress passed the Omnibus Reconciliation Act 1987 (OBRA-87). The federal regulations include certain provisions for the improved cares in the approved facilities, and these stipulations are mandatory for every state, nursing assistants, and nursing homes.

The states meet the federal requirements by including the OBRA education standards in the state-approved Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Programs, and maintain a state Nurse Aide Registry to register all certified nursing assistants. Similarly, the nursing homes and licensed facilities in the state implement the OBRA provisions by hiring nursing assistants who are certified, and registered on the Registry.

The OBRA regulations also prompted South Carolina to implement federal provisions in the state’s Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) bears the responsibility to approve, and oversee the inclusion of the OBRA requirements in the state-approved certification program.

SC Nurse Aide Training Program

South Carolina went one step further and requires nurse assistants to complete a training program of at least 100 hours in length. The program includes theoretical classroom instruction of forty (40) hours, twenty (20) hours of lab training, and forty (40) clinical hours in a long-term care (LTC) facility. The training program is completed under the direct monitoring and direction of a registered nurse. The nursing students should maintain infection control and safe practice, and respect resident rights and independence at all times during clinical hands-on experience. The successful completion of the training program makes the students eligible to challenge the state-approved CNA Certification Test.

South Carolina CNA Certification Exam

The state-approved Competency Evaluation Test (CEP) is a process that evaluates the competency level of CNA students who wish to work in licensed facilities as entry-level nursing assistants. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has assigned Pearson VUE, a testing vendor to schedule, administer and report the scores of competency exam to the South Carolina Registry. The competency test contains two separate and independent parts: a) a Written or Oral Test; and b) a Skills Test.

The Written Test includes seventy (70) multiple-choice question, and the Oral Exam consists of Cassette tape based sixty (60) multiple-choice scored questions and (10) multiple-choice non-scored reading comprehension questions. The candidates can attempt Oral Test in English or Spanish.

The Skills Test contains five (5) randomly selected skills, and candidates will have to perform these skills on a model or client. They get 30 minutes to complete all skills, and they score on the basis of each performed skill. In order to pass the skills test, the candidates must complete and pass all five skills successfully.

Once, the nursing assistant students pass the state-approved CNA Exam they are awarded CNA Certification in South Carolina from the Department, and listed on the state Nurse Aide Registry. The certification remains valid for twenty-four months on the Registry before it gets expired. CNAs must renew the certification before the expiration to maintain the current status.

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