Nurse Aide Resource Center

Thinking of becoming a Nurse Aide?

Nearly 2 million nurse aides provide over 90% of the direct patient care, and make up the largest group of employees working in U.S. healthcare today.

Discover The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Profession

CNAs perform a range of nursing tasks working under the supervision of a licensed nurse. This is considered an entry-level position in the nursing field. It can give you an opportunity to experience hands-on patient care in a paid position, with less training than other healthcare positions.

Supporting a patient’s total care plan, CNAs focus on the physical, social, and emotional needs of their patients and their families. As a nurse aide you might be employed in a hospital, nursing home, long-term or community care facility, or as home health aide working in patient’s homes.

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Top Reasons to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • Provide direct care to patients
  • Good salary and attractive benefits
  • Employment outlook is great!
  • 3-month training — no college degree
  • Approved CNA programs are affordable
  • Flexible work with high satisfaction
  • Start your healthcare career ladder
  • Get a head start on nursing school

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What would your training be like?

You must complete a training program in your state and pass Certification Testing. Students may choose a full or part-time program. Depending on the type of program, training typically lasts 6 to 12 weeks. Online instruction is also offered by some institutions for part of the training.

Tuition typically ranges between $400 and $1000. Private schools typically cost more than public schools. Financial aid and grants as well as free training opportunities also exist.

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How do you get Certified?

After completing a state-approved nursing program, students take a CNA competency certification exam. Once nursing assistants pass the certification examination, they are placed on a state registry, and are eligible for employment as a CNA.

The CNA certification examination has two parts: a written test and a skills test. The written section has multiple-choice questions related to information taught during your training. In the skills section, you must perform specific tasks learned in your training course. The full exam typically takes two hours.

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