In order to acquire your CNA certification you will have to enroll in a local CNA program. These programs are available at different universities, voluntary schools, colleges, nursing homes, hospitals, other health facilities, and even at the American Red Cross.
Now, to qualify for CNA training, you will need to be at least sixty years of age; although there are other states that demand for a minimum age requirement of eighteen years. Aside from that, you will also have to submit either a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Other requirements include an interview and a criminal background check. But bear in mind that every state may have different requirements. Ergo, you will have to verify with your state's Nurse Aide Registry or your local licensing board about the existing laws and regulations about obtaining a CNA certification.
CNA programs, in general, can take anywhere from two weeks to six weeks, although there are those that last for, at least, twelve weeks, depending on whether you are going to take them part-time or full-time. But according to the federal state, all CNA courses must have a minimum of seventy five hours of classroom or online training as well as sixteen hours of clinical practice. CNA training is divided into two parts: a classroom instruction and a clinical practice. The first part of training can be done online, if you opt to. Online CNA classes offer a more flexible class schedule compared to the conventional classroom training. Regardless of the flexibility of online classes, most CNA programs oblige students to check in with their professors regularly or at least, keep in close contact with them through the whole certification process. The clinical part of the training, however, must be done on-site, usually at a nursing home or a hospital.
Once you have completed your training, you will need to take the certification exam. The exam is made up of two parts: a written or oral exam and a hands-on test. The written exam members of multiple choice questions while the hands-on exam is usually given by the on-site supervisor, wherein the student will have to perform five random CNA skills about patient care and the use of medical tools.
Only after completing the entire process can you work as a CNA in whichever healthcare facility you choose – be it a nursing home, a hospital, or a private home care.