CNAs are being hired in record numbers in facilities including hospitals, long term care facilities such as nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospice centers. There’s also a need for qualified CNAs to work as home healthcare aides. CNAs are supervised by LPNs or RNs. In order to be a licensed CNA, state healthcare agencies require a specific period of training. CNA certification classes take at the minimum, 75 hours to complete, but can be as much as 120 hours, depending upon the training. Students receive training in basic healthcare procedures, nutrition, medical ethics, healthcare laws, and psychology. After completing the training program, a state mandated certification exam must be passed in order to be a CNA.
CNA certification classes are usually held at local community colleges, vocational schools, online, or at healthcare facilities. In some areas, free CNA training is provided by an employer or state mandated program. Some healthcare facilities offer free training to become licensed as a CNA if you agree to work at the facility for a specified amount of time. Some facilities even offer bonuses paid out over a period of time for completing CNA training and working at the facility for a specified period. CNAs are known by other names including a State Tested Nurses Aide or Home Healthcare Aide, but the requirements and licensing are still the same. CNAs can provide feedback to doctors, RNs, and LPNs about patients needs since they spend more time with each patient.
CNA certification classes can prepare you for a good paying salary in the healthcare profession. Some students begin as CNAs, but continue their education to become nurses, or take further training to specialize in a particular field. CNAs don’t have to be concerned as much with job security, since qualified people are in high demand, and are expected to be over the next several years.