Job Description of a CNA Instructor


Certified nursing assistant (CNA) instructors plan and implement programs for students training to become nursing assistants. Technical schools and community colleges offer most of these programs, and some provide the classroom coursework at high schools. CNA instructors teach the skills and knowledge needed to obtain professional certification, which is required by many employers. They utilize both classroom and clinical teaching methods.


  • A CNA instructor teaches theory and fundamentals of nursing, and supervises students as they practice clinical tasks. She evaluates student progress through observation and testing, and maintains student records of attendance and grades. The CNA instructor works within the framework of curriculum developed by the teaching facility.

Training Specifics

  • The training program for CNAs includes coursework in nursing theory along with clinical practice and observation at a long-term care facility. The instructor teaches the roles of nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses, and emphasizes treating patients with respect. She trains the students in technical skills such as checking blood pressure and respiration rate, and repositioning a patient in bed. The instructor teaches safety and emergency procedures, and how to respond to different patient behaviors. The CNA instructor reviews student progress to make sure the students are ready to pass the state test.


  • Requirements for the CNA instructor job vary by state, but most requirements are similar. The instructors must be registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing program with either an associate's degree or bachelor's in nursing. They must also be licensed by the state where they will be teaching. Schools generally require a minimum of one or two years of nursing experience, including at least one to two years of recent work experience in a long-term care facility. Some programs prefer nurses with teaching experience.


  • Because CNA instructors demonstrate practical skills, they must be strong enough to reposition patients and help them move from a wheelchair to a bed. They must maintain current knowledge of changes in state and federal regulations regarding nursing. Schools may expect CNA instructors to be members of professional organizations, obtain continuing education and attend nursing seminars.

CNA Instructor Salary

  • CNA instructor positions usually are part-time and can involve days, evenings and weekends. Typically only full-time instructor positions provide benefits such as insurance. The average annual salary for a full time CNA instructor as of 2010 was $53,000, according to, or about $25 per hour for part-time instructors. Salary Expert shows the full-time average salary ranging between $42,800 to $69,600 for CNA instructors in 10 major metropolitan areas.

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