CNA & HHA

Program Overview

What degrees are available ?

Certified nursing assistants (CNA) should learn the basics of patient care.

Unlike other nursing jobs, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are not required to have a college degree. However, training is required, as a result of which a certificate of education after school or a diploma is issued.

What certification do I need?

  • After completing the curriculum, you will need to pass an exam to confirm your qualifications (Competency Exam). If you pass this exam successfully, your personal data will be entered into the state register.

  • But that's not all. Every 24 months, CAN must take courses of at least 48 hours duration. Often, the employer either pays for these courses or conducts them himself.
     

How long will it take?
 

  • Typically, most programs (Certified Nursing Assistant) last from four to twelve weeks. The program is divided into training sessions and clinical practice.

  • State-approved programs offer at least 75 hours of classroom instruction and clinical practice.

  • The 120-hour program (Certified Nursing Assistant) is divided as follows:

       a. four weeks in class

       b. two weeks at the clinic

Are there any online programs?

  • Community and vocational colleges offer CNA programs, many of which are conducted online. If you enrolled in an online program, you are most likely to complete your clinical practice at a local hospital, coordinating it with a college.
     

How much will my education cost?
 

  • The cost of training for the CNA program will depend on which program you enrolled in, the Diploma Program or the Associate's Degree Program.

  • The nine-month Medical Assistant Program costs about $ 17,000.

  • An accelerated program costs about $ 13,000.

  • As soon as you receive your diploma, do not put off your wallet for now. The State Competency Exam, which is often held by the computer companies Prometric or Pearson Vue, will also cost you money. The price depends on the state, so check with the State Board of Nursing to know your expenses exactly. 

 

Are there any admission requirements?

  • Most programs (Certified Nursing Assistant) require candidates to have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED), as well as a diploma supplement.

  • Some colleges and programs will also require candidates to pass entrance exams and pass a criminal record test. 
     

What accreditation is there for my program?
 

  • The program (Certified Nursing Assistant) must be approved by the State Board of Nursing. Most states have a list of approved programs, and you should always check how long a program is approved. Often, longer programs of the same college are approved by one of the main centers of accreditation.

  • Accreditation will play an important role if you decide to continue your studies after becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant. Accreditation determines whether a given program meets officially approved standards for nursing education. Independent accreditation organizations register schools after a rigorous application process. Because these organizations are aware of the requirements of the state government and health department, they know whether the college or program provides the required level of education for students.

  • For students, accreditation is an opportunity to receive financial assistance. Obtaining a degree at one accredited college gives the student the opportunity to continue their education at other accredited educational institutions. In addition, if you move to another state, studying at an accredited school can make it easier to get a new license.

  • Short tip: accreditation is not assigned and is not established for an unlimited period. Accreditation is given for a specific time, usually from 5 to 10 years, and the terms are different for each educational institution. It is advisable to check the accreditation period of your program.
     

Principal accreditation bodies
 

  • The Accreditation Commission for Education ( ACEN ), originally NLNAC  accredits a full range of academic nursing programs (Associate's, Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's)

 

Continuing education

  • If in the future you decide to increase your career opportunities and become a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN / LVN), you will need to register for another training program specifically designed for LPN / LVN.

  • Another option is to earn an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree to become a Registered Nurse. 

      To learn more about LPN or the Bachelor Bachelor's Degree to become a Registered Nurse Click here.

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