Want to Become a CNA? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are essential medical professionals at many types of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, outpatient facilities, long-term care homes, and much more. If you’re interested in becoming a CNA, there are a few important things to know.

How to Become a CNA

The great thing about becoming a CNA is that you don’t need a four-year college degree like other kinds of healthcare professions. Still, you’ll need the proper education and training. Although the precise requirements vary by state, most look something like this:

At least 75 hours of training in a state-approved CNA program

A passing score on the CNA certification exam Background information and statement on physical and mental status, felony convictions, etc.

The CNA certification is a crucial part of this process, as it shows you’re ready to care for patients in the real world. Most facilities can’t hire a CNA unless they’re on the state registry, so you must complete an approved course and pass the certification exam to have any hope of finding a job. Note that you can also get CNA specialty certifications, like CNA II, Certified Alzheimer Caregiver, Medication Aide Certified, and more.

Finding a CNA Program

Check with your state board of nursing to find out what kind of online and in-person CNA programs are approved. That way, you know that the curriculum meets the requirements for your state. If you don’t enroll in an approved course, you won’t be eligible to take the CNA exam. Vocational schools, community colleges, and even the American Red Cross offer CNA programs. These programs usually take between four and 12 weeks to complete, and this time is broken up into classroom instruction and clinical practice. There are plenty of flexible options out there if you already work full time, or you’re a student, for example.

The CNA Job Market

If you’re interested in becoming a CNA, it’s a good time. The job market for CNAs is expected to grow faster than the average from now through 2029. As the population ages and more patients present with chronic diseases, healthcare professionals like CNA will be more in demand than ever.

Start Your Journey With 24/7 MedStaff

Ready to start your journey toward becoming a CNA? Are you a medical professional looking for a new position? 24/7 MedStaff is here to help. Get in touch with one of our expert recruiters or see our Jobs page to view openings near you.

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Posted in General Healthcare, Job Seekers on Dec 24, 2021