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How to Become a CNA

Many people want to work in the healthcare industry. There are many different types of jobs to be had in the medical field. There are doctors, surgeons, nurses, x-ray techs, and many more. There are quite a few people who either would love to be a nurse, but can’t afford to go all those years in school to get the degree or would rather just be a nurse assistant because, while they want to help patients, they do not want all of the responsibilities that a nurse has. For these people, going to school to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is the perfect choice.

There are many different ways one can become a CNA. There are some places like nursing homes that provide CNA training programs right on site. These programs are usually taught by a nurse who has experience in training others and experience in CNA education training. This type of CNA education can be more difficult to come by as, usually, it is free to the student because, upon successful completion of the course and passing the boards, the student will work for the nursing home or place giving the course. If you can find this type of CNA education experience, it is highly recommended that you apply for it.

Another way to become a CNA is to take classes for it at a nearby technical school or community college. Being a nurse assistant is becoming more and more popular so more of these schools are offering education programs for CNA. Unlike the onsite training, students do have to pay for their education at a technical school or community college. However, most students qualify for financial aid so you could have as much as 100% of your tuition and books covered. This is a good choice for those who do not have a place offering on site CNA training nearby.

The final way to become a CNA is through correspondence courses. These are the courses that you send off for and you get the course materials in the mail. These types of courses can be expensive and you usually can’t get financial aid for them. However, they are extremely flexible, which is why they appeal to many students, especially those busy with work and families. Whichever education option you choose, be sure you learn everything you need to learn for the board exam you have to take to become a CNA.