How to Become a CNA

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Home health used to be what your parents did to help you feel better when you had an earache. As baby boomers get older, this is quickly becoming a significant component of healthcare. Certified Nursing Assistants are the bedrock of home health and other healthcare outlets that require patient assistance with activities of daily living. The CNA career path can be very rewarding. Here’s how to become a CNA.

  • Make sure there is a desire to serve. A caring, nuturing attitude is required for anyone who wants to be in this profession.

  • Get a high school diploma or a GED.

  • Complete the six to twelve week program for CNA education offered in most states. These programs may be found via the Internet, yellow pages or word of mouth -- check the link at the bottom. Make sure the program is accredited in the state where work is being sought.

  • Contact state aid registry or licensing program. Board officials will be able to advise on what to look for from an accredited program and as well as a listing of local schools. This is also the organization that will keep a record of any complaints or criminal activity on any CNA.

  • Pay for the training class. The costs vary from $300 to $600 for a program. Financial aid is often available. Each school will have financial aid requirements.

  • Send resumes to home helath agencies in the area. Home health is often the primary employer for CNA’s. Many CNA’s work for multple agencies in order to acquire the number of weekly hours desired. Hospitals and nursing homes are also primary employers for CNA’s.

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