To Become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) You Must:
Pass a physical exam by your physician or nurse practitioner
Be at least 16 years old and have an english and math skills of a 5th grade level or higher
Possess and present a valid California ID and Social Security Card
Pass the fingerprinting and criminal background screening (Live Scan)
Have no felony convictions
How Long Does it Take to Become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)?
Training times vary from program to program depending on the requirements of the state and the area in which you plan to work. Classes include basic health care, personal care skills, anatomy, body mechanics, nutrition, and communication skills. CNA students must also have some work in a clinical setting. Much of the CNA coursework is designed to help students pass the mandatory state certification exam. The exam focuses on the 21 competencies for nursing aides that are laid out by federal law. These include areas such as reading and recording vital signs, maintaining a healthy environment, following emergency procedures, and safe transfer techniques.
Once the certification exam is passed your name is added to the state’s Nurse Aide Registry and you are ready to start your new career. CNA work is an expanding field with the number of positions for all nursing aides and assistant occupations expected to grow by more than 18% through 2020. Home health aides are particularly in-demand – in fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists home health aide as one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States.
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