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CNA Training Information

Updated on October 27, 2013

Certification For A Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistants, also known as CNAs, are those healthcare workers who mostly work along side registered nurses in the healthcare setting. The CNA can work in a variety of locations including long term care facilities, hospitals, elderly care homes and the community.

The remainder of this helpful and informative hub will aim to provide you with the information you require to complete your CNA training and get certificated in your local state.

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How Long Does CNA Training Take?

The first thing to note is that CNA training is shorter than most other related professions, the most notable of which is registered nursing. Usually your entire CNA training program will take you up to 100 working hours to complete, that's the main theoretical and practical based learning elements of the course.

The course is broken down into several main elements which will consist mainly of a theory section and a practical section, the practical section is focused on teaching you core skills which centre around holistic patient centred care. In particular you may learn how to:

  • Take a patients' observations

  • Wash a patient

  • Feed a patient

These are just a few of the things you'll likely learn how to do when completing your own CNA training.

Once you've been able to complete the core elements of the CNA training then you'll need to go on and pass your CNA exam, this exam consists of a series of multiple choice questions which you must pass as well as a practical based exam. Both of these elements will test your overall knowledge learned throughout your CNA training, passing the exam gives you the right to register under your state as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

How Much Does CNA Training Cost?

Unfortunately, CNA training doesn't come cheap and the overall CNA training program can set you back several thousands of dollars in fees if you pay for the training yourself. The overall cost though will vary depending on the state you live in. However, if you don't have access to several thousand dollars then don't despair because there are several options available to you, these are:

  • Obtaining partial funding for your CNA training

  • Obtaining full funding for your CNA training

Obtaining full funding for your CNA training can be a challenge, however there are organisations such as the Red Cross who will fully fund your CNA training for you. You would need to contact your state organisation directly in order to find out your eligibility.

Obtaining partial funding though is somewhat easier, usually many organisations will be willing to partially fund your training, but in return they will require you to provide them with an agreed period of contract work for them as a CNA once trained. If this isn't something you'd like to do then unfortunately you're likely to need to fund your own CNA training.

What Are The Requirements For CNA Training?

Like any type of training there will be certain requirements in order to get onto the program, in the case of becoming a CNA you are going to need:

  • A good previous record

  • Certain personal requirements

  • Certain academic requirements

Firstly, when you apply to complete your CNA training you will be asked if it's okay for the organisation to complete a police check on you, this will include a background check of any criminal records you have. The reason for this is that you are working with vulnerable people in many different situations and the school/college will need to make sure you are a trustworthy person. These checks may include drug checks, criminal record checks and police checks. The individual checks made will be dependant on your local state and the school or college applied to.

The second requirement is that you must have the right personal qualifications or qualities needed to work with people in the healthcare setting. Often these qualities can be broken down into the following:

  • A kind and caring nature

  • A willingness to help others

  • Good verbal communication skills

  • Good non-verbal communication skills

  • A willingness to learn and better your own practice

  • Have dedication

  • Have excellent people skills

  • Be patient

  • Be approachable

  • Be honest and open

The above is not an exhaustive list but it will give you an overall idea of the things you need in order to be a good candidate to work as a CNA.

The final requirement is that you have the right educational qualifications needed to train as a CNA. There is currently one main educational requirement you need to get onto a CNA training program, this can be one of the following two things:

If you haven't got either of the above two things as well as the personal and background requirements then it's unlikely you would be considered for CNA training.

Any entrance for a CNA training course, regardless of whether it's online or at a college, will have some kind of interview to assess your suitability.


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    • cnatraininghelp profile image

      Jane Symons 5 years ago from Alaska


      You're welcome, happy that you found it useful.



    • bwj292 profile image

      bwj292 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent information about CNA training, a great resource for anyone looking to complete a CNA training course in the next year or so.

      Thank you again.