Hawaii is one of the few states which allow individuals to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) even without completing CNA training classes and taking the CNA competency exam. However, you can only work in Medicare, Medicaid, and selected facilities that are run by the state. While you can work as a CNA, you cannot hold a CNA title unless you meet their qualification requirements and as a result, you will have limited career opportunities and a far lower income compared to those who have undergone formal training.
In order to become a CNA in Hawaii, you will have to take CNA training classes that have been approved by the State Department of Human Services, pass the certification exam, and then undergo a criminal background check before being added to the Hawaii Nurse Aide Registry.
CNA training classes in Hawaii consist of a minimum of 100 hours of training, which have been divided into 30 hours of classroom instruction and 70 hours of clinical training. These training classes can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,700 although there are a few long term care facilities that offer free training programs. Other institutions that offer CNA training classes in Hawaii are community colleges, public schools, vocational schools, and other medical institutions.
There are currently 29 approved CNA programs in Hawaii, some of these are the following:
- Healthcare School of Hawaii
- CNA Training International
- Caregiver Training School Corporation
- The American Red Cross
Also, several community colleges in Hawaii offer free training. Some of these are:
- Leeward Community College
- Kapiolani Community College
The Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Exam, on the other hand, which must be taken after completing CNA training classes in Hawaii, is managed by the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross provides schedules for this exam on a daily basis and at various locations all over the State of Hawaii. The exam is subdivided into 2 parts: a written test and a skills test. In order to pass, the aspiring CNA must be able to perform 5 random skills and obtain, at least, 70% on the written test. Exam results are sent via snail mail, which may take up to 10 days for delivery.
Once qualified, you can finally start working in various healthcare facilities, such as long term care homes, nursing homes, hospitals, and a lot more.
There is, in fact, a high demand for CNAs in Hawaii. Qualified CNAs in Hawaii are said to earn, on average, $29,000.