Choosing where to take your CNA training classes is not too different than choosing where to work. Certified Nursing Assistants are trained patient care technicians who work in various settings. They may be employed in hospitals, long term and continuing car facilities, as home health aides, or in psychiatric care settings.
Certified Nursing Assistants deliver direct patient care. It can be a demanding job in some ways but many people find it very rewarding. It is a great job if you are a “people person.” What does it mean to be certified? A Certified Nursing Assistant has a certificate from the state indicating that the person has a designated level of training.
Each of the individual states sets the regulations for the training required to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. The Federal government sets guidelines for the qualifications for CNAs who work in Medicare funded facilities. To meet those guidelines, a CNA must have 91 hours of training, including 16 hours hours in a supervised clinical setting.
Needless to say, where you get your training is key. There are a lot of options. How do you choose a training facility? You should ask questions before making any kind of a commitment to a school. It is recommended that you make an appointment to go talk to an admissions rep and take a tour of the training facility. See if they will let you sit in on a class so that you can get an idea of what the instruction is like.
It might also be helpful to talk to some current students or recent graduates and see what they have to say about the quality of the school. As with anything else, there are better and worse places to choose to get your training and you want to be careful.
There are also free CNA training options, such as free CNA classes online, or training sponsored by a facility that will expect you to work there after you pass your exam and become certified.
Beware of places that give you a high pressure sales pitch or seem reluctant to answer questions and provide solid information. If you feel like you are being leaned on to commit, remember you can always say, “Thank you,” and go on your way. You will be investing time, effort and resources in your CAN training and you want to make an informed decision. Remember there is a reason disreputable places are called “fly-by-night.” Reputable training sources will include both administrative and clinical training. Good luck to you in your new career!