Timeline and Steps to Becoming a CNA

Timeline and Steps to Becoming a CNA

By Manhattan Institute
Posted in CNA
On September 08, 2016

CNAs play an integral role in the healthcare industry, providing patients with personal care and assisting nurses and doctors. You might be perfect for the job if you are patient, pay attention to detail, and really want to help people - but starting a new career can be daunting. That’s why we’ve compiled this timeline and steps to becoming a CNA. Follow these steps, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a CNA.

1. Find the Right Program (1-2 Weeks)

You’ve already started your research, and now it’s time to find the right program. You want an accredited program that will prepare you for all aspects of being a CNA. You need to find a a program in your city that is recognized by the state’s nursing board. If you live in New York, we hope you’ll consider us. The Manhattan Institute is recognized by the state of New York and can have you ready to take your certification exam in under 3 months!

2. Get Educated (Less than 3 months)

Once you start your training program, you will learn everything you need to know to be a great CNA. You’ll attend classes (day, night, and weekend options available) with other students who are seeking similar opportunities. Your teachers will be experienced healthcare practitioners who will guide you through the skills you need to develop. You will also spend time in a clinical setting putting your new skills into practice.

3. Get Certified (Varies)

When your training is complete, you will submit an application to take the appropriate licensing test. In New York, this is the New York Certification Exam. This consists of a multiple choice test and a clinical test where you will need to perform certain skills you’ve learned in your training. Each state is different, but in New York, you can take the exam up to 3 times without waiting and reapplying. Once you pass the exam, you’ll wait for your certificate in the mail.

4. Congratulations! You’re a CNA

Welcome to the healthcare workforce! Now you can get a job as a CNA anywhere in your state. If you want to work in a different state, you may have to take additional tests - though most states will accept a license from a neighboring state.

We’d love to help you get started on your journey to becoming a CNA. Learn more about Manhattan Institute’s CNA program here.