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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Blair October 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

Please send me information on becoming a cna instructor. I have been in the field since i was 18 years old. I am certified and have been since 1998. I currently work at Abington Hospital. Thank you.

Jennifer Niu November 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

Hi, Please send me information on how to become a CNA instructor. I am a RN with years of experience with elderly patients. Thanks.

Ahmed Memon November 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I am interested in opening a CNA institute in Chicago or near suburbs. Please help or advise and steps to take. I am an RN with 5 year of experience. Thank you

Ahmed Memon

Dawn Brown November 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I have been a surgical technologist since 1989 and would like to become an CNA instructor. Please advise.

November 11, 2011 at 1:34 am

Hi Maria,

Very informative article here. I think that this is an interesting career option for seasoned nurses. Seems very logical, much like other professions where there is a scalable model into management.

It sounds like it may be a bit rigorous to get into this career path, but I bet it’s a great job. I can imagine it will be less stress in some ways than perhaps what nurses may otherwise be accustomed to due to the nature of the job.

Nice writing!

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