Accelerated CNA Certification

by Maria Pavel on June 24, 2011


Certified Nursing Assistants, or CNAs, work in various health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and doctors’ offices. They’re supervised directly by Registered Nurses or whatever medical professionals are in residence. People with experience working as nursing assistants, but have not taken the training class to become licensed, can choose to take an accelerated CNA certification class.

Typically, CNA certification programs are offered through community colleges or vocational schools, and consist of classroom training and clinical hands on training. These classes usually take about 6 weeks to finish. Accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant certification programs cover the same basic classes and hands on training, but they’re created to help students prepare for the licensing exam. So, it only takes 2 weeks to finish.

Accelerated CNA Certification

Accelerated CNA Certification

This program teaches the practical skills that are needed to pass the state nursing assistant certification exam. First aid and CPR is taught to these students as well as how to communicate with medical personnel, take patient’s vital signs, insert catheters, give medication, feed and bathe patients, and whatever else a patient may need.

These are things that anyone that’s already been working in the capacity of a nursing assistant probably already knows how to do. But you’re going to need to know it perfectly in order to pass the part of the exam where you’re asked to perform 5 nursing tasks in front of highly qualified state Registered Nurses.

Anyone that wants to enroll in an accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant certification program may need to attend an information session, produce a valid driver’s license, and show English proficiency. They may be required to submit to a criminal background check and prove they’ve had all their medical immunizations.

Many courses included in the accelerated CNA course are practical and created to give specific preparation for the state CNA exam. These courses include:

1. Basics of patient care.
2. Medical terminology.
3. First aid and CPR.
4. Medications.
5. Vital signs and patient assessment.
6. Controlling infection.
7. Medical disorders.

There are national standards in place for becoming a CNA but the certification exams are given by each state. Therefore, while there are the national requirements as well as the exam, each state governs its own certification requirements. As long as those requirements are met and the exam is passed, the Bureau of Labor states that the nursing assistants can become licensed and work in health care facilities.

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