Do you know how to wash your hands the right way?

You will be graded on Handwashing at the beginning and end of your first skill. It is important that you work up a good lather and rub with friction for at least 20 seconds. This 20 seconds is friction (rubbing) and does not include time spent on your nails.

How to Time Your Handwashing

Some people sing songs when they wash their hands (like “Twinkle, twinkle…” or “Happy Birthday”) but this is not an effective timing method for the exam. There will be a clock right above the sink…use it! This is what the evaluator will use to ensure you have rubbed for at least 20 seconds!

Can You Simulate?

You are being graded on handwashing during your first skill. After you are graded, the evaluator will tell you that you can simulate handwashing. Don’t simulate until you are told to do so! Simulation just means to SAY when you would wash your hands, instead of actually doing it to save time on the test.


Watch the video to learn the what is considered important when washing your hands!

Learn more

Visit CDC’s page on handwashing for more information!