Louisiana CNA Facts

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Louisiana requires 80 hours of CNA training in a state approved program, including 40 hours of classroom instruction, and 40 hours of clinical experiences. 

Summary: 80 hours training


PROMETRIC performs CNA testing in Louisiana. Qualifications for testing include:

  • New Nurse Aide
    • Complete a Louisiana-approved training course within the last 12 months.
  • RN/LPN Student
    • Obtain an approval to test letter from LDH to submit with your application.
    • Candidate must have completed sufficient RN/LPN course content within the last three years; transcript must be submitted to LDH with the LDH
  • Military Trained
    • Obtain an approval to test letter from LDH to submit with your application.
    • Candidate must submit military transcript which verifies sufficient medical training or experience to LDH.
  • Reciprocity
    • Be an active certified nurse aide in good standing in another state.
  • You must also pay the following fees:
    • Newly Trained/ Other Candidates
      Written and Clinical Skills – $125
    • Re-tester
      Written Test – $40
      Clinical Skills Test – $85
    • Reciprocity
      Reciprocity Application Processing Fee – $35

You can review the Candidate Information Bulletin for more information.

Summary: $125 testing fee


CNAs in STATE NAME are required to renew their CNA certification every 2 years.

The cost to renew is free – $0.

The requirements for renewal are:

  1. You must have worked for at least 8 hours with pay in the provision of nursing services within 2 years.

Summary: 8 paid working hours required


The employment outlook for CNAs in Louisiana is good. As of 2018, there are 1,396,700 people employed as CNAs and it is projected to grow by 8% at 2028 making it to 1,512,000 employees. It’s projected annual job openings between 2018 – 2028 is 187,000.

Summary: 8% projected growth


The average pay rate for CNAs in Louisiana is  $32,818 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $29,910 and $36,239.

Summary: $32, 828 average pay