Become CNA Instructor

by Maria Pavel on October 4, 2011

Certified Nursing Assistants are more in demand everyday all across the country and even the world. They’re needed to work in nursing homes, hospitals, clinics and other health care establishments. In order to meet the demand for qualified CNAs, there is a need for instructors to teach the training classes. If you have experience in health care, it may be a great time to think about becoming a CNA instructor.

First of all, to start the qualification process, you must be a licensed registered nurse. The reason for this is that RNs know the duties and role of a CNA because they’re usually the ones supervising them at work. In most states, you’ll need to have an RN license along with at least 2 years work experience functioning as an RN.

CNA Instructor

CNA Instructor

You must also have experience in looking after elderly people. Most Certified Nursing Assistants work in assisted living centers or nursing homes. That’s why some states require their CNA instructors have at least 1 year experience in working with the elderly. If you’re going to be teaching people how to take care of the elderly, you do need to know how to do it yourself as well.

Next, you must pass a training course for Certified Nursing Assistant instructors. All CNAs must learn the same things about how to care for people, and for this reason, some states have designed their own training course for those wishing to become instructors for CNA courses. In taking this course, you’re assured of having the knowledge and skills you need to be an instructor. This course must be successfully completed and passed in order to become licensed.

Just as you’re required to be licensed to work as an RN or a CNA, you must also have a license to be an instructor for Certified Nursing Assistant courses. In order to become licensed, you must submit an application to the board of nursing in your state. Along with the application, you must pay a licensing fee and provide proof that you’ve met the requirements of the state to get your license. Some states also require a background check and that you be fingerprinted.

It may sound like a lot to go through, but once you’ve been licensed to be a Certified Nursing Assistant instructor, you’re sure to have job security.

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