Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
23,000 additional CNAs will be needed in the next four years, estimates the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. This is a career with job security, and great reward in helping your community.
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) help aging and disabled people with providing them basic care, taking vital signs like temperature and blood pressure and help people to bathe, dress and eat.
A prospective CNA must take 160 hours of classroom and clinical training, and pass a certification exam. There are opportunities for free training, at a facility based program, where you could be hired and trained at a skilled nursing facility at the same time. That way, you would earn money while receiving training to advance your career! Other requirements include obtaining a criminal background clearance, and completing a physical exam and TB test.
As a CNA, you will have started a career where there are many opportunities for advancement in the healthcare field. Some opportunities include advancement into nursing programs, allied health and technical jobs.
Education and Experience
Licensing and Certification Program
Being a CNA takes compassion, dedication and hard work. Gain a connection with others that can never be broken.
Life of a CNA - AHCA/NCAL