CNA Classes In Alabama

Entry into a certified nursing aide program in Alabama does not require a high school diploma or GED, unless specified by the facility. The Alabama Department of Health does not set this requirement. This allows high school students that are interested in entering the nursing field to complete the classes before graduation. Upon graduation, students may find employment as a CNA while working towards another nursing degree if they desire. Most employers require that their CNAs be at least 18 years of age; so recent high school graduates may need to wait before applying for employment. Applicants to the program must fill out an application and have a clean criminal background.

Who is the Regulatory Body for CNAs in Alabama?

The Alabama Department of Public Health is in charge of certification and maintaining the status of CNAs in the state.

Who Administers the CNA Exam in Alabama?

The CNA exam in Alabama is administered by the NACES Plus Foundation in conjunction with Credentia. Our CNA practice tests are a free way to help you prepare for the CNA multiple choice exam. Credentia has a handbook for CNAs as they prepare to take the exam in Alabama. 

Where Can I Take the CNA Exam in Alabama?

The following locations offer certified exams for aspiring CNAs in Alabama:

  • Alexander City
  • Eufaula
  • Gadsden
  • Huntsville
  • Montgomery
  • Selma
  • Talladega
  • Tuscaloosa

Alabama State Requirements for CNAs

To become eligible for employment as a CNA, a candidate must complete classes at a state-approved facility, such as one listed on this page. State approved CNA programs will have a program code.

Alabama CNA Exam Details

After completing state-approved classes, candidates have 24 months to pass the Alabama CNA exam, and must do so within three attempts. The exam has two parts, the clinical skills section and the written (or oral) section. If a candidate chooses to take the oral exam they will have the option to do so in English or Spanish, though Spanish speakers will be expected to know some basic spoken and written English.

Follow the links below for more testing information:

Once the candidate has passed the exam they are automatically added to the state registry. The state of Alabama does not offer physical certificates, but candidates can find their status in the online directory. To remain active on the registry, CNAs must accumulate a minimum number of qualifying work experience every two years. If a CNA loses their certification they will have to retake classes and testing before returning to the registry.

How Much Does the Alabama CNA Exam Cost?

The cost of the CNA exam in Alabama for the written and/or oral and skills evaluation is $135. 

Alabama Nurse Aide Registry

Follow this link for contact information for the Alabama Nurse Aide Registry. If you would like to check a CNA’s current standing on the Alabama registry, follow the link.

How Much Does a CNA Get Paid in Alabama?

The average annual salary for a CNA in Alabama is approximately $28,550and the average hourly wage is currently $13.72 based on data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics of May 2022. 

Additional CNA Program Locations In Alabama

If the locations listed above offering CNA classes in Alabama are not located near you, or will not work for you there are a number of locations offering reasonably priced classes and CNA certification in Alabama in our listings below, or check out our sister site for more CNA classes in Alabama.

NHC Place
Anniston, AL 36207(256) 835- 3959
Lawson State Community College
Birmingham, AL 35221(905) 925-2515
Bevill State Community College
Carrolton, AL 35447(800) 648-3271
Reid State Technical College
Evergreen, AL 36401(251) 578-1313
Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden, AL 35903(256) 549-8200
Calhoun Community College
Huntsville, AL 35805(256) 890-4700
Northwest – Shoals Community College
Muscle Shoals, AL 35585(256) 331-5200
J.F. Drake State Technical College
North Huntsville, AL 35811(256) 539-8161
Southern Union State Community College
Opelika, AL 36801(334) 745-6437
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Phoenix City, AL 36869(334) 291-4900
Westminster Village
Spanish Fort, AL 36527(251) 626-2900
Shelton State Community College
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405(205) 391-2211

The CNA schools displayed in this section offer tuition-based programs.

Free CNA Classes Available in Alabama

If you live in Alabama and are seeking CNA classes in your area, the following accredited facilities offer CNA certification in the state of Alabama, including free classes available in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery. Some of these programs may be nursing homes or other care facilities that will provide “free” classes through a work agreement where you agree to work for the organization for a set period of time as part of your tuition payment. We advise that you contact the facilities directly to inquire about the specifics of their free CNA programs.

CNA Free Class LocationsCityPhone
Central Alabama Community College Alexander City Campus
Alexander City, AL 35011-0699256-234-6346
Brown Nursing Home
Alexander City, AL 35010256-329-9061
Limestone Health Facility
Athens, AL 35611256-232-3461
Birmingham Nursing And Rehabilitation
Birmingham, AL 35214205-798-0621
Bibb Med Center Hospital & NH
Centreville, AL 35042205-926-4881
Wallace Community College
Dothan, AL 36303334-983-3521
Glenwood Center
Florence, AL 35630256-766-8963
Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden, AL 35903256-549-8200
Gadsden State Community College
Gadsden, AL 35903256-549-8200
Haleyville Health Care Center
Haleyville, AL 35565205-486-9478
Hartford Health Care
Hartford, AL 36344334-588-3842
Big Springs Specialty Care Center
Huntsville, AL 35801256-539-5111
Lineville Health And Rehabilitation
Lineville, AL 36266256-396-2104
Luverne Health And Rehabilitation
Luverne, AL 36049334-335-5331
Valley View Health And Rehabilitation
Madison, AL 35757256-830-2316
Trenholm State Technical College
Montgomery, AL 36108334-420-4200
Bevill State Community College Fayette Campus
North Fayette, AL 35555205-932-3221
Drake State Technical College
North Huntsville, AL 35811256-539-8161
South Hampton Nursing And Rehab
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763256-725-3400
Greenbriar At The Altamont
South Birmingham, AL 35205205-323-2724
Southern Union Community College
Wadley Campus

Wadley, AL 36276256-395-2211