How To Become A Certified Nursing Assistant

by Maria Pavel on August 4, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but baby boomers are getting older all the time. In addition, modern advancements in medicine and technology are helping these same people live longer than ever before. The longer that they live, the less able they are to take care of themselves 100 percent of the time. This is one of the reasons that the need for Certified Nursing Assistants is growing higher all the time.

If you’re a caring and nurturing person, a CNA may be the perfect career choice for you. It will provide you with a lot of appreciation from the patients as well as many of the doctors and nurses you work with along with a feeling of accomplishment. As with any career worth pursuing, there are some steps involved in becoming a CNA. If you have the desire to take care of people, you can already cross the first step off of the list.

How To Become A Certified Nursing Assistant

How To Become A Certified Nursing Assistant

Next, you’ll need either a high school diploma or a GED. With so many people being homeschooled these days, getting a GED is pretty common. In most communities, you can go to GED preparatory classes free of charge. This will, then, usually get you into the test for free, depending on where you live.

When you’re ready to start attending a Certified Nursing Assistant course, check into such places as community colleges, vocational institutes and even online courses. There are two parts to the course.

One is the theory work that is conducted in a classroom setting and the other is a certain amount of hours that must be done in a clinical setting. If you decide to take an online course, the school giving the course typically will arrange for their students to do the clinical training at a facility local to each person.

Make sure that the school you choose is accredited or you’re wasting your time. You may qualify for financial aid for the class, which typically ranges from $300 to $600, depending on where you live. It’s also possible to get the training for free if you commit to working for a certain amount of time for the facility that’s training you.

Complete the training course, which can be 6 to 12 weeks in most places. Each state will have its own requirements. Once you’ve passed the course, you’ll need to pass the certification or licensing exam. Then, you’re ready to begin your new career as a CNA.

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