In order to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in Delaware, it is mandatory to complete 75 hours of CNA classes plus an addition 100 hours of clinical experience and then a passing mark on the CNA examination right after. So as to be eligible for CNA training, an aspiring CNA must meet the following requirements: a comprehensive background check with two fingerprint cards, a photo ID, two passport-sized photos, immunization records, and a negative tuberculosis taken within the last six months prior to the application, as well as a high school diploma or a General Equivalency/Education Diploma (GED).
In Delaware, there is a Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection (DLTCRP) that is crucial in providing license and accreditation to schools and training centers for them to offer CNA training classes. The purpose of the DLTCRP is to protect the students and other individuals involved from fraud against training programs which have not been granted a license by the state. The list of schools accredited by DLTCRP to provide CNA training classes in Delaware include Beebe Medical Center School of Nursing in Lewes, Camtech, Inc. in Seaford, Del Tech in Georgetown and Wilmington, Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, and Hands Medical Healthcare Services, Inc. in Smyrna.
Anyway, once certified as a nurse aide, your license must be renewed every 2 years in order to maintain an active certification status. Renewal fee costs around $50. However, a CNA must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 64 hours of nursing-related services in order to qualify for recertification.
A CNA certified outside the Delaware can also work inside the state, provided he/she is granted a certification through reciprocity by the DLTRCP. Conditions for qualification are as follows: a current certificate from which he/she practices, at least 3 months of CNA experience, and a good standing from the state where he/she is currently certified. It is only after these conditions are met that the DLTRCP approves the application and issues a Delaware Nurse Aide Certificate. Processing time usually takes 30 days, at least.
CNAs in Delaware can benefit on several job opportunities in various healthcare settings, such as nursing homes, hospitals, private healthcare facilities, etc. CNAs in Delaware are expected to earn anywhere from $27,000 to $32,000, depending on experience and work setting. Unlike other careers, higher education does not necessarily translate to higher pay when you are working as a CNA.