In Wisconsin, the demand for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) is expected to increase by as much as 13% up to 2016. And while CNA training classes in Wisconsin are relatively shorter compared to those offered in other states, the average earnings of a CNA in Wisconsin is still quite high at $25,000 to $30,000 per year, depending on experience and location and also excluding additional benefits, such as healthcare coverage, retirement plans, etc.
As with other states in the US, Wisconsin has its own standard for CNA training. The Department of Health Services of Wisconsin oversees the approval of different classes available in the state and ensures that there are no online CNA training classes, unlike in other states. Currently, CNA courses are available in different nursing homes, community colleges, vocational schools, long term healthcare facilities, other private institutions all over the state of Wisconsin, and even at the American Red Cross. CNA programs last for 6 to 12 weeks or around 120 hours, 32 hours of which are allotted for clinical training. But in order to be eligible you must be at least 16 years of age and must submit to a criminal background check.
One of the institutions to consider is the Milwaukee Area Technical College. There is also the Madison Area Technical College, which also offers higher education options to student graduates so that they can pursue a career as a Registered Nurse (RN) or as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), if desired. Other options include the CNA training program that is offered through the C. Ross Educational Center. Unlike other institutions that offer these programs, Wisconin CNA Training Center provides a more cost-efficient program. Approved CNA courses will cost anywhere between $400 to as much as $1,000.
After completing, the next step is to pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) examination, which is conducted by Pearson Vue. The NNAAP exam consists of 2 parts: a written or oral part and a skills test. The written or oral part is made up of 75 multiple questions while the skills test involves performing 5 random skills. The purpose of the NNAAP exam is to measure your knowledge in patient care, both theoretical and practical. In Wisconsin, if ever you do not pass the NNAAP exam during the first or the next few attempts, you are allowed to take the exam as many times as you wish within a 1-year period.