The Colorado Board of Nursing provides the test for certified nursing aides, CNA, in Colorado. The test comes from the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program, NNAAP. The test developed by this organization is a national test devised to assess minimal competency for those wanting to become a CNA in the state of Colorado.
New CNAs need to have passed a state approved training program. New graduates of a CNA program must take the exam within two years. To obtain certification, a student must prove eligibility to work in the United States and must provide Pearson Vue with an affidavit of completion from the nursing program. You must submit an application and fee of $95 in Colorado. If you fail any portion of the test three times then the applicant must be retrained at a board approved program.
The state of Colorado Board of Nursing contracted with Pearson Vue, a national recognized assessment service. The exam covers nurse’s aide knowledge, skills and abilities.
The nursing board in Colorado divided the exam into two parts, a written and a clinical part. The written component of the exam consists of 70 multiple choice questions in which applicants have two hours to complete.
The second part of the exam is a skills test. The test evaluator who oversees this portion selects five randomly selected CNA skills in which the applicant has 25 minutes to complete. The test evaluator gives the skills portion in a closed room with all the necessary material to complete the exam within the room.
The exam also has an oral part too for those who need it. The oral part is for those who have a difficulty with reading English. A recorded cassette administers the test and this test also has 70 questions.
Pearson Vue administers both skills and the written component on the same day. Pearson Vue gives each student two hours to complete the written portion and 25 minutes to perform the skills portion. All five skills must be entirely done correctly in order to pass. A nurse aide evaluator grades each student.
The key to success with the board exam is preparation. To study for the exam, it is recommended that you get a exam hand book from Pearson Vue online. In the handbook, you will find sample questions and skill examples that might be asked. In fact, the handbook lists all the skills used in the exams and has a complete practice test.
Pearson Vue also provides practice tests for you to take at their website, pearsonvue.com. The practice test has 60 multiple choice questions. These questions are not the same as what appears on the exam but they are similar and of the same difficulty level. Test of this nature give you an idea on how you will perform on the day of the test.