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CNA Training: An Inexpensive Way to Start a Career

Certified nursing assistants, typically called CNAsin the nursing profession, offer a great way to make a career in the medical field without having to spend up to a decade and thousands of dollars to go to medical school.

Unlike many other careers in medicine, becoming a CNA does not require earning a specialized degree. Instead, it’s a certification. No matter what degree or which nursing training you have attended, you can take the CNA certification test and become a CNA simply by passing the test.

As the Baby Boomers reach retirement age and there are more and more people coming into the health care system, the demand for CNAs has risen greatly. This has led many hospitals, community colleges and other organizations to develop CNA training programs that are affordable on any budget. Online programs are even available for those with unpredictable or busy schedules.

These classes include book-based work, where students study theories and concepts. They also include practical classes, which are hands-on and give students a chance to practice techniques and learn about equipment.

After the coursework is completed, the student must then pass the certification exam. This exam also has both theoretical and practical parts. The written portion is given first, and then the clinical skills test, called the CST for short, is given. The skills in the CST are demonstrated on a real person. Some testing sites provide these subjects while others require that test takers bring their own “patient.”

Once the student successfully completes both parts of this exam, he or she receives their certification and is officially a certified nursing assistant. Some programs offer job placement while others encourage students to seek employment at medical facilities in the community. Either way, with a career that is so highly in demand, CNAs are almost certain to find a job quickly.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Juan says:

    Everybody wants to earn a lot of money. But different people choose different path for this. People who wish to choose Certified Nursing Assistant as a career are always curious about the salary in this field. I’ve heard CNAs earn a good amount of salary and besides that, a CNA also gets various other benefits from this job. What everyone really wants to know is how much money a CNA makes, and how much other benefits they get.

  2. Donald says:

    I think this is a great career choice for someone who might have squandered many of his or her younger, post high school years, but no regret not getting an education in the medical field. Those who find themselves in this predicament can rest assured that it is not too late to get a certification and still realize their dreams of working in the medical field. So, I think it’s a great opportunity.

  3. Patricia says:

    I have been wondering if any persons who once started studying to become nursing assistants, ever went on to loftier aspirations and eventually earned an RN degree or even the ultimate destination: an MD. I wonder if there are any incredible stories of students who started at humble beginnings before discovering their true potential and on to greater success. These kinds of stories should be exhibited for those that follow in their footsteps. Such stories should exhibit on the walls of nursing schools everywhere.

  4. Megan says:

    While moving from state to state may require you to update your certification for the new state this is a job that is in demand almost anywhere you move. This means that wherever you go you will have experience that is competitive in a field that is in demand. The real beauty is that almost every city in the country has a need for qualified CNAs. This is job training that doesn’t depend on you living in a large city or in a certain part of the country in order to find a job.

  5. Grace says:

    Someone I know is studying to be an X-ray technician, but now that I think about it, it might be a good career move to pursue CAN training. This sounds like it is a field that is very much in demand and that just means that there is no shortage of work available. It is certainly worth looking into. This article was very informative and it marks the beginning of my research into this branch of the medical field.

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