In the state of Massachusetts, the Nursing Assistant will have to complete the Nursing Competency Training and Assessment Program (NATCEP) to work in healthcare settings. The responsibility for the management and management of NATCEP in MA has been entrusted to the Eastern Red Cross American Red Cross (ARC).
ARC Nursing Training Program (ARC NATP)
The Eastern MA American Red Cross has been offering the ARC Assistant Nurse Program since 1989. The training program lasts 75 hours and meets the 1987 state and federal Omnibus Reconciliation Guidelines and educational standards. CNA training programs can also be completed through community colleges, adult education centers, technical institutes and vocational schools located throughout the state. The sole purpose of the CNA training program is to prepare nursing assistants for direct skills and knowledge of patient care, so that they can offer quality care to residents who are unable to care for themselves. Upon successful completion and graduation of NATP, nursing students are qualified to take the state CNA Certification Aptitude Test in MA. Then certified CNAs can perform services in hospices, nursing homes, adult care centers, hospitals, care centers, and other licensed facilities.
ARC NATP requirements
At MA, a high school diploma or GED is not a prerequisite for taking a training program. Applicants need to pass an ARC assessment check so that they can enroll in an ARC training program, and once they enroll, negative TB test results must be submitted on the first day of the training course.
MA CNA certification test
Individuals who wish to pass the Massachusetts Nursing Assistant Competency Exam must complete the MA Department of Public Health Eligibility Requirements and submit a form to complete the Nursing Registration / Nursing Assistance / Training Certification Form. Once the form is approved, applicants can fill out an application for ARC testing and registration.
The Nurses ARC certification test consists of a knowledge test (written / oral test) and a skills test. Candidates can also choose their election location and Red Cross location as part of a clinical demonstration. ARC testing sites from Eastern MA are located in Fall River, Brockton, Hyannis, New Bedford, Lowell, Cambridge, Springfield, Haverhill, Pittsfield, Worcester and Peabody.
Candidates for the test must pass both parts of the MA certification test in order to be placed on the register of MA nurses and obtain CNA certification in the MA. Certification is also required to work in a variety of healthcare settings throughout the state of Massachusetts.