FAQs About CNA Training ProgramsPublished on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, are essential members of the health care teams in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers allover the United States. There is also a high demand for these professionals today, and available positions for CNAs are expected to increase by about 20percent until 2022.
As such, if you have decided to embark on a CNA career, you have made a terrific decision! Of course, you will need to learn the skills necessary to become a CNA, and we realize you may have questions pertaining to CNA training programs. If this is the case with you, the following FAQs can help steer you in the right direction.
Do I Need a High School Diploma to Become a CNA?
You do not need a high school diploma to enroll in a CNA program. However,if you do not have a diploma, you will need to earn a graduate equivalency degree, more commonly known as a GED. This is among the basic admission's requirements for most community colleges and trade schools today.
How Long is a Typical CNA Program?
The answer to this question depends on the individual school you choose for your CNA training and whether you enroll as a part-time or full-time student.For example, while full-time students may be able to complete their CNA programs in about four to eight weeks, it could take part-time students between12 to 16 weeks to finish their training.
What Types of Courses Are Included in CNA Programs?
The courses required for CNA programs often vary depending on the schools that offer them and current state Board of Nursing requirements for each state.Yet, the general content of CNA programs is similar no matter what school you may choose, and you will find some typical course topics listed below.
- Measuring Vital Signs
- Emergency Procedures
- Medical Terminology
- Patient Hygiene
- Infection Prevention
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Human Nutrition
- Care for the Dying Patient
Do I Need to Earn CPR Certification to Become a CNA?
You will need to earn CPR certification before you can sit for the CNA certification exam. Many CNA programs offer this type of training as part of the CNA curriculum. However, if the program you choose does not include CPR training in its curriculum, you may be able to find it offered by your local Red Cross or your school's continuing education department.
Do CNA Programs Include Certification Exam Prep Courses?
Most CNA programs also include courses that are designed to prepare you for the CNA certification exam. If you find that your school does not offer these types of courses, you can either check with another local school or with various online resources. There are many sites online that offer CNA exam prep courses as well as useful practice exams.