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Certified in Weeks

Our state-approved CNA courses last anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks and will prepare you for your state’s competency exam.

Clinical Experience

Most CNA schools offer hands-on experience with patients under professional supervision in addition to regular coursework.

Growing Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 21% increase in jobs for CNAs by 2022. Creating 31,220 new CNA jobs each year.

Make a Difference

Being a Certified Nursing Assistant is a rewarding career choice, as you’re helping people to live an easier, more enjoyable life.

CNA Program Overview

There are two main ways to become a certified nursing assistant: you can either enroll in a technical/vocational school in your location or take an online CNA class. The latter option offers additional convenience and flexibility, but taking traditional classes will typically result in more hands-on experience through practical training. Either way, most CNA programs consists of at least 30 hours of classroom instruction and 75 hours of clinical practice. Classes usually don’t take longer than 12 weeks and ends in a mandatory certification exam that evaluates your theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Once you pass the exam, you can apply for pretty much any entry-level nursing job.

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Basic Requirements for CNA Classes

– High school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED)
– Proficient in English (read, write, speak)
– Pass a physical exam (able to lift/carry at least 50 lbs)
– Pass a criminal background check
– Pass a drug test
– Have specific personality traits

Skills Learned in CNA Classes

– Measures of precaution and infection control
– Hygiene necessary for the health of the patient
– Basic body mechanics for lifting, moving patients
– How to stick to patient diets and various feeding techniques
– How to take vital signs
– How to communicate with patients’ effectively
– How to have a compassionate attitude
– How to be patient in stressful situations
– How to be service oriented
– How to be a critical thinker
– How to manage time as a CNA
– How to persuade and negotiate
– How to monitor operations

Requirements for Becoming Certified

– Complete a state-approved CNA training program
– Pass your states CNA competency exam

Quick Facts About CNAs

Certified Nursing Assistants, or Nurse Assistants as some would know, are necessary members of the healthcare community. CNAs often work closely with patients alongside other healthcare staff such as Registered Nurses (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). Work activities include caring for others, monitoring processes, providing medical attention, emotional comfort, and much more. Becoming a CNA is simple and takes two things; complete CNA training at a state-approved school and pass your state certification exam.

Tuition & Fees

CNA Salary

Job Outlook

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Cost for CNA classes largely depend on the school, but it usually does not cost more than $1,500 in most cases. Additional fees (including books, supplies, and vaccinations) may also apply.

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The median wage for CNA in May 2014 was $12.07 per hour or $25,100 per year. Salaries vary by location due to cost-of-living. The highest-paying states include Alaska ($17.87), Nevada ($15.86), New York ($15.61), Connecticut ($15.36), and District of Columbia ($14.87).

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Employment for CNAs is growing faster than average and anticipated to increase 21% from 2012 to 2022. That comes out to 312,200 new jobs or 31,220 new jobs every year. The cause for the increase in demand is due to the aging baby-boomer population and increase in chronic diseases such as heart illnesses, cancer, and diabetes.

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Once you become certified, you can apply jobs in a number of settings, like:

  • Nursing Care Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Medical Offices/Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Assisted Living Homes

States with the highest employment opportunities include New York, California, Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

How to Become a Certified Nurses Assistant

To begin with, you’ll need to find a state-approved CNA program which would fit your requirements, including the tuition fee, the school’s location, and the availability of part-time classes. Finding the right option can be difficult, so we’re here to help you to narrow your search – please click the button on the right for more information.

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Practice Test

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Everything you need to know about your typical CNA certification exam including a practice test, tips for studying, unique insight into the test taking process, and much more to help you pass the exam.

Interview Guide

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You passed your certification exam, and you’re currently looking for a job as a CNA. This nifty interview guide to will prepare you for a great first impression.

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