Red Cross CNA Training

by Maria Pavel on April 21, 2011

One of the best ways to become trained to be a Certified Nursing Assistant is through the Red Cross. When you successfully complete CNA training from the Red Cross, your chances of getting a job improve significantly. Your prospective employer will look at you through different eyes once it’s known you were trained by the Red Cross.

There are many reasons to choose the Red Cross for your CNA training. This organization is known as being part of the best health industry entities around. It’s known all over the world and even maintains branches in all small countries as well as the larger ones. Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant training programs offer more than most other training programs, frequently meeting and exceeding the expectations of many.
Red Cross CNA Training
Currently, there are 36 states that offer CNA training through the Red Cross. Depending on which state you live in, the courses can run as little as 4 weeks in duration or as long as 12 weeks. The cost is also dependent upon the state.

It can be as little as $600 all the way up to around $2,000. You must be at least 18 years old, not pregnant, ill, or convicted of a felony within a certain past timeframe.

CNA training through the Red Cross is received through both classroom and clinical hands on experience. The clinical training is the most important part as anyone can perform well from textbooks. Hands on learning shows you how well you can perform when faced with the day to day challenges of a CNA. This part will show you if you’re really cut out for this type of work.

When you complete and pass the training, you must take an exam for your certification. The exam is divided into a written portion and a skills portion where you’ll be given 5 Certified Nursing Assistant tasks to complete. This part of the exam is supervised by highly trained nurses. Once you have passed both exams, you’ll be certified and ready to start working.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Soren Egstrup February 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi Maria,

I don’t know anything about “Certified Nursing Assistant” but what you write sound absolutely right. The Red Cross must have so many different approaches to every situations.


Maria Pavel February 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

HI Soren,
Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Though you don’t know much about CNA’s, I hope you enjoyed reading this post :)


Linda G. Cox February 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

Hey Soren~
I have a friend who’s daughter is going to school to be a CNAs. She is attending a university – to the tune of 4 years and thousands of dollars. I wonder if she knows about the Red Cross.

Danielle Lynn February 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Hi Maria

I’ve known a few nurses, but I didn’t realize red cross could make or break your chances at getting a job as a nurse. I wonder if blue cross offers training as well… and if they count as much :D


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