How to Become a Certified Nurse Assistant

How to Become a Certified Nurse Assistant

By Manhattan Institute
Posted in CNA
On April 01, 2019

As the U.S. population continues to age, allied health careers like Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) are in high demand. A CNA provides quality personal care and emotional support for patients while working alongside medical professionals. As a CNA, you will assist patients with daily living needs such as bathing and grooming, plus basic medical tasks like checking vitals and informing healthcare professionals of the patient’s condition.

If this sounds like the career for you, read on. In just four weeks and a few simple steps, you could be on your way to a new career as a CNA!

Choose A Training Program

Once you’ve chosen a training program, contact your local allied health training school to enroll. Most schools offer enrollment options online or by phone. If you don’t have a GED or high school diploma, you may need to take an entrance exam before you begin training.

Master the Basics

Before you work with patients, you will learn about patient care in a classroom setting.  Through lectures, audio/video and practical demonstrations, you’ll have a solid understanding of your daily tasks and routines as a CNA.

Complete Clinical Training

Once you’ve mastered the theory of patient care, you’ll begin clinical training. In this stage, you will work directly with patients, allied professionals, and medical providers under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Pass the State Exam

Once you have completed both classroom and clinical training, you will take a state certification exam. This exam will vary slightly depending on which state you choose for your certification. Once you’ve passed your exam, you can begin applying for jobs as a CNA.

If you’re ready to start a rewarding career as a Certified Nurse Assistant, contact us today. For more than 20 years, Manhattan Institute has helped people achieve their career goals. Check out our upcoming class schedules to learn more!