If you’re looking for a satisfying career in the medical field without spending thousands of dollars and many years training, becoming a certified nurse’s aide (CNA) might be the ideal solution.
CNA training is all about certification and does not require a specialized degree, unlike many other health careers. It’s fairly straightforward to become a CNA simply by passing the test, regardless of your existing training or background.
One advantage of this career choice is that there has been an increased demand for CNAs as the baby boomers have grown up and reached retirement age. Many affordable CNA training programs have been introduced by hospitals, community colleges, and other institutions.
CNA training offers a combination of hands-on training, allowing students to become familiar with the required equipment and techniques of the job, and more book based studying, allowing potential CNAs to learn concepts and theories.
The certification exam which has a practical and a theoretical section must be taken and passed once all the training has been completed. The first part of the exam is typically the written part, followed by the CST, or clinical skills test, in which students demonstrate their knowledge on a real person. Some students must supply their own ‘patient’ although some testing facilities supply one for them.
A student is officially recognized as being a certified nursing assistant once he has completed and passed the exam and is given a certificate to verify this. There are plenty of potential career opportunities for anyone who has completed CNA training, including in a hospital, nursing home or other medical facility, and some programs help students by offering a job placement program.
If you decide to take this rewarding path and train to be a CNA, you can be assured of finding rewarding and challenging employment fairly quickly. CNAs are in high demand all over the country.