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Important Info about Becoming an CNA

A CNA is a nurse who is trained to take care of a patient’s basic health care needs. CNAs are known as certified nurse’s aides, and they perform healthcare services such as feeding and bathing patients. They also change dressings, take vital signs and make beds. Some CNAs are allowed to administer patient medication.

If you would like to become a CNA, there are some things that you should know. The following is relevant information on how to become a CNA:

A GED or High School Diploma is Required

Different CNA programs will have different requirements because getting certified doesn’t require that much training. But the general requirements are that you must have a high school diploma or GED, and you must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Short Education and Training Period

A CNA career appeals to many applicants because it doesn’t take that much education or training to become certified. As a matter of fact, you can go to school full time and still finish the training in 30 days. Understand that you are required to pass a competency exam before you can work as a CNA.

Plenty of Job Opportunities

Once you have finished training and passed the CNA competency exam, you can work in many different medical settings such as hospices, clinics, nursing homes and hospitals. You will also be certified to provide in home care.

Career Advancement is Available

A lot of CNAs advance in their careers and become registered nurses. The experience that you receive while working as a CNA will prepare you for working within the nursing field. It provides the training and experience that is needed to move on to the next step in your career. Also, some states require you to get CNA certification before becoming a practical or register nurse.

12 Responses so far.

  1. Rhonda says:

    Wow, I sure didn’t know that it was possible to get CNA training in 30 days! But I see it’s still about competency which is good, because if a person doesn’t pass the competency test, then the training doesn’t matter anyways.

  2. sheila says:

    I had no idea that an CNA could be achieved so quickly. That is interesting that such skills can be inquired so quickly. Thank goodness that there is testing.

  3. sara says:

    As a possible patient of these people who go through a program like this makes me wonder if there has been enough rigor for their learning. Testing is good but what about the every day events?

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  4. Ryyan says:

    Good to have the competency test in order to pass. For me, if education and training only is not a measure to become a good CNA, CNA must show that they are competent in doing their job.

  5. Lakeyia says:

    This is great and I am glad that many people are learning about becoming a CNA. I knew the steps and I may go for it myself but becoming an RN for me will take about two years so I may become that instead. Being a CNA is a great way to learn the ropes and you can become certified in less than thirty days. Thank you for sharing this information with all of us.

  6. Lina says:

    So, are CNAs like a “care giver”? Some nursing graduates who are not registered yet start out like CNAs so they can have some experience while earning.

  7. Mac says:

    Nurse’s aide may seem like a simple job but taking care of patients is not something to take lightly. CNAs have to be trained properly so that they can take good care of patients, especially those who need special attention.

  8. Mich says:

    Only 30 days to become a CNA? Wow! On the one hand, it sounds great to be able to start a new career so quickly, but I do wonder about the thoroughness of the training in that time period. I hope the competency exam is pretty rigorous!

  9. warren says:

    I too am curious about whether being a CNA can take a mere 30 days, regardless about how thorough the competency test is. Have you any testimonials from folks who have gotten jobs through this process?

  10. Ton says:

    Great article about becoming a cna. I really need this information. Thank you much!

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