How to become a CNA?

Most probably, you’ve heard of more and more interested people joining the trend of becoming a CNA. But what is a CNA?

A CNA or a certified nursing assistant is considered the primary caregiver of clients in several health agencies. In fact, with the rising numbers of the elderly in the population of Western countries, the demand for certified nursing assistants also increases. Also, with more people becoming more concerned and knowledgeable with their health and their rights, the need for qualified personnel also steps up. With the heavy workload of registered nurses, certified nursing assistants are the ones rendering basic and direct care to the clients.

CNAs are responsible for the grooming, hygiene, feeding, transfers, and ambulation of the clients. Aside from these manual assistance they give to their clients, certified nursing assistants are also the ones the clients talk to about their personal concerns and worries. To become a good certified nursing assistant, one needs to be physically and emotionally healthy.

To become a CNA, you need to enroll in a school that offers a CNA program course. Each state usually has community colleges and vocational or technical schools that offer this course. Nursing homes may also offer this program. If you have all the time to go back to school and attend your classes as scheduled dutifully, then by all means, enroll in a school or a nursing school.

The course usually takes about six to twelve weeks to finish. If you need more flexibility for your time, however, you can also opt to study and finish the CNA course online. There are various schools that offer this program online. Just make sure that the school is accredited by National League for Nursing Accredited Commission so that your credits will be recognized and accepted. Online classes may require six weeks to a few months depending on the time you allot for your classes. But either way of studying for the course would still allow you to become a CNA.

The CNA course usually have lectures, laboratory practices for the traditional schools, and clinical practicum with real clients in an actual clinical setting. When you’ve finished the number of hours required to finish the course, you’ll now be ready to take the final step. The last step is getting the certification by passing the CNA State Examination. The CNA State Exam includes two parts: written and demonstration. This would test your knowledge and skills necessary in becoming a CNA. After passing this, you now have the key to enter the world of nursing assistants and the perks that come with it.