What To Expect In CNA Training Classes

by Maria Pavel on February 8, 2011

If you’ve made the decision to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, one of the first requirements you’ll need to complete is that of a training class to help you gain your certifications. The training class will vary in how long it lasts, depending on where you live and what establishment you choose to take the class in.

You can look into community colleges, vocational institutes and even the Red Cross for training classes. No prior experience is required to enroll in these classes, although most of them require a high school diploma or GED.

CNA Training Classes

CNA Training Classes

Other options for training include nursing homes that may offer paid training classes. These are usually held at the nursing home and classroom time is typically 2 weeks in length. You’ll usually find these classes in the classified ad section of your local newspaper. A significant number of these types of training classes will require you to commit to working for the facility for a certain amount of time following certification.

Generally, CNA training classes are taught by a registered nurse. You’ll learn a lot of different things in this class ranging from how to properly feed, bathe and position a patient to the correct way to dress, lift and turn a patient. Other topics include abuse and neglect, recognizing depression, handling dementia, catheter care, and controlling infection. There’s a lot to learn. The class is typically divided into textbook study and hands on experience.


Following the end of the training class, a test determining competency must be passed. There are two parts to this test: Written and clinical. The written portion consists of basic questions that should have been discussed in class. The clinical portion of the tests requires performing 5 nursing duties while being observed by a highly qualified state registered nurse. You may be required to do anything from weighing a patient to giving a bedpan. The most important thing to keep in mind, not only during the test, but always, is the patient’s dignity.

Other things that the supervising nurse will watch for is whether or not you wash your hands and wash them correctly, if you remembered the patient’s dignity by doing such things as knocking on the door before entering, pulling the privacy curtain around you and the patient, and explaining to the patient each procedure prior to doing it.

When you are working in a real CNA job, these are some of the most important things to remember and will make you a great CNA.

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