Are you interested in beginning a nursing career in Vermont, but are not sure if you want to devote several years to a college education? If this sounds like you, why not begin by becoming a nursing assistant? Persons who choose this career benefit from such things as brief training programs, ever-increasing employment opportunities, flexible work environments, comfortable starting salaries and plenty of room for advancement.
Licensing Requirements in Vermont
Vermont is among the handful of U.S. states that require their nursing assistants to possess licensing, as opposed to certification, before obtaining employment. Therefore, nursing assistants in Vermont are known as Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs). Before you can obtain licensing, you need to graduate from a state-approved nursing assistant program. An approved program will provide you a combination of classroom- and clinic-based instruction. After graduating from an approved program, you must attain a passing score on the two-part LNA licensing evaluation examination.
How to Get Your LNA License in Vermont
Upon graduating from an approved nursing assistant program, you will be required to apply for LNA license online on the Vermont Secretary of State website. After applying, and the approval of your application, you will be allowed to sit for and pass the licensing evaluation examination, which is conducted for the Vermont state by the American Red Cross. After successfully passing the exam, you will be eligible for LNA license in Vermont. You can find the Vermont licensing application online the secretary of state’s website at https://sos.vermont.gov/opr/online-services/. You will need to create an account on the site if you already do not have one.
How to Verify Your LNA License in Vermont
At times during your career as an LNA in Vermont, you may need to verify your license’s status. In such a case, go to the LNA page on the Vermont Secretary of State’s website and click on “Licensee Lookup” and then on a button also called “Licensee Lookup.” This will take you to a tool that you are to use to verify your LNA licensure. In the online tool, just click on “Individual,” then on “Search by Profession Type,” then going to the page 9 by clicking on number “9,” and finally checking Licensed Nursing Assistant box. Then, just provide the first or last name of the LNA or their license number and click the Display Results button.
How to Renew Your LNA License in Vermont
In Vermont, you must renew your nursing assistant license every two years. To be eligible for renewal, you must have worked as a paid LNA in Vermont for 400 hours or 50 days in the last two years. To renew, you need to go to the LNA page of the Vermont Secretary of State’s website and click on “Online Services.” On the next page, you need to log in or create an account if you already don’t have one. After you log in, you can renew a license on the condition you meet the requirement and submit the renewal fee.
How to Reinstate Your LNA License in Vermont
If you do not meet the renewal requirement, you will need to reinstate your LNA license. To do that, you must recomplete the training and retake the licensing evaluation exam.
How to Transfer Your LNA License from Vermont to Another State
If there comes a time when you need to transfer your nursing assistant license from Vermont to a different state, you will need to contact the other state's nurse aide regulatory agency. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides a listing of all CNA regulatory agencies in the United States. Common transfer criteria includes nursing assistant verification, transfer fees, evaluative testing, and/or continuing education coursework.
Vermont Nurse Aide Registry
If you have additional questions, contact the Vermont Nurse Aide Registry at:
89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-1503
Fax: (802) 828-2484
State-Approved LNA Programs in Vermont
If you wish to obtain your LNA training in Vermont, choosing one of the following schools can help you get started.
Center for Technology2 Educational Dr, Essex Junction, VT 05452
Central Vermont Career Center155 Ayers St #2, Barre, VT 05641
Cold Hollow Career Center184 Missisquoi St, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
Green Mountain Technology & Career Center738 VT-15, Hyde Park, VT 05655
Hartford Area Career & Technology Center1 Gifford Rd, White River Junction, VT 05001
Lyndon Institute168 Institute Cir, Lyndon Center, VT 05850
North Country Career Center209 Veterans Ave, Newport, VT 05855
Northwest Technical Center71 S Main St, St Albans City, VT 05478
Patricia Hannaford Career Center51 Charles Ave, Middlebury, VT 05753
Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation187 Oak Grove Ave, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Randolph Technical Career Center17 Forest St, Randolph, VT 05060
River Valley Technical Center307 South St, Springfield, VT 05156
Southwest Vermont Career Development Center321 Park St, Bennington, VT 05201
Stafford Technical Center22 Stratton Rd, Rutland, VT 05701
University of Vermont Medical Center111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05401
Vermont Med Ed82 Pearl St, Burlington, VT 05401
Vermont Med Ed340 Porter Dr, Middlebury, VT 05753
Vermont Med Ed185 Pine Haven Shores, Shelburne, VT 05482
Vermont Med Ed200 Wake Robin Dr, Shelburne, VT 05482