Cost of CNA Training

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CNAs, or certified nurse assistants, are health care professionals who perform basic bedside care duties, from changing bed pans to feeding and dressing patients. To become a CNA, you need to take and pass a nurse assistant program.

Function

  • Nurse assistant programs teach students nursing skills by lectures and hands-on learning. Students learn to take vital signs, communicate with patients, perform CPR and move or transport patients, among other subjects.

Geography

  • CNA programs are typically found in technical schools, community colleges and nursing homes. Programs offered at technical schools and community colleges may cost between $300 to $600, according to cnatips.com, however nursing homes may train you for free in return for you signing a contract to work for them.

Time Frame

  • Programs generally last a few weeks to a little more than a month, depending on whether the program is day or night or full or part-time.

Considerations

  • Some programs offer online lectures and hands-on classes at hospitals so you can learn partially from home. This may save you a lot in commuting gas and allow you to work while attending school.

Potential

  • You may find yourself paying more if you attend a program in a major city, but as an employed CNA in a large city you'll make more hourly than someone working in a rural area.

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