CNA Certification Requirements

CNA Certification Requirements

In order to obtain employment as a certified nursing assistant, you must receive valid CNA Certification from an accredited institution. You may be able to care for members of your family but caring for others involves a number of aspects that you may not consider skills that are to be learned through a proper education. With the proper certification, you can then proceed forward and help others at a higher level of care.

Being certified means that you have received an education in which you can care for another individual in almost any setting under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. To be more specific, obtaining CNA Certification means that you are:

  • received a proper and approved education
  • taken and passed the written examination regulated by the state
  • passed required competency evaluations
  • passed physical examination
  • state certified

Although most of the regulations are set by the federal government, each individual state may have their own set of regulations that are required for CNA Certification to be presented. Therefore it is a good idea to check with your local state for verification of all requirements that must be met. This is important to know before you begin any formal training to ensure that you will be able to meet and/or complete all necessary tasks.

The education that one will receive should cover a number of aspects and skills that may be or will be required of you once you begin working as a certified nursing assistant. The best education will be a blend of actual classroom/coursework, laboratory studies and actual clinical experience. A quality program will give you the opportunity and experiences you will need once you are actually assigned to assist a patient.

Not only does CNA Certification provide education on the human anatomy and physiology, but you will also learn about nutrition, infection control, body mechanics, and blood testing to name a few. In addition, you should learn about client rights and also handling ethical and moral issues that may arise during the course of caring for a patient. The average time span for a typical course is about 3 to 4 months or one semester.

The responsibilities of a CNA can and will vary upon the patient and their current health status and also where the patient is located. Services can be proved in medical clinics, community hospitals, extended medical care facilities, child/adult nursing homes and even the patient’s own home are all possible settings in which your services can be rendered. It may seem that the setting is not that important; however, the setting will provide insight as to the patient’s condition, well being and what type of services you will be required to provide.

Obtaining as much information as possible before registering for a program will give you insight as to what will be expected of you. This will give you an idea of what the process is, what you will need to do while you are participating in the program and what you will need to do once you have successfully completed the program. This will give you an idea of when to schedule your application to the state, when to take the examinations and when you can begin looking for your first CNA position.

If caring for others is something that is important to you or perhaps you are interested in possibly becoming a nurse, then participating in an accredited CNA program just may be the thing for you. With the proper education and 100% effort on your part, in a short time you will receive CNA Certification that you can take with you and begin a new career within the medical industry.

6 Responses to “CNA Certification Requirements”

  • Sarudzai says:

    at myself lol but im not ptnuitg down the guy in the vid or anyone.. i don’t know him or any of you for that matter, but im just stating and opinion because I think it takes a little more training. I might add Im taking the ACE exam in a month then ACSM. All my text books revolve around ACSM so it will be interesting to see what’s different. I study ACE study packets given to me by my teacher so we will see. Risk factors or generally the same though if not exactly the same.

    • Wicky says:

      I was a CNA in a retirement home, 1 of those years spent on the night shift. I’ve also been a crvgeiaer on nights. It’s the easiest shift of all. You check on them, meet their needs (changing depends, assist to the BR, etc) Help them get ready for the next day, unless they do not dress or stay in bed. Some do want early morning care, baths, mouth care, for you to fix breakfast. The best thing to do is to ask the person who takes care of them in the day or evening what they need done, or the person themselves. Most probably wouldn’t want you doing anything noisy, like running a vacuum. Laundry might be good if it doesn’t disturb them. I never had any problem with them telling me what they needed to have done.

      • Gil says:

        I am a CNA student right now and am chosiong to become certified as a way to build up my credentials before applying to nursing school next year. CNAs deserve so much more recognition and pay for what they do. For those who have been enrolled in nursing school or are already RNs, exposure to a nursing home would make you a better nurse in you haven’t seen one or worked in one before. It is tough, and the nurses are expected to maintain a smile throughout the entire shift. The difference in the dynamic of a nursing home compared to an acute care facility is striking, really.GD Star Ratingloading…

    • Auth says:

      check out agencys ,like live at home,or othres they will find you jobs some are night shifts,you can rest,watch tv,read if your sure the person will sleep.just keep close to their room,or use a monitor.

      • Manuel says:

        I was excited to read about that site Certification Map. But, rellay, it wasn’t that great.I noticed that all the states I looked at had 15 vacancies a week that seemed odd. And, the state I’m trying to get certified in doesn’t use the tests listed from that site as their required tests.It sounds like a great idea, that site, but it needs some work.

  • Rya says:

    hi i had took both HHA & CNA course at the same time in miami fldrioa, i only got my 75 hr certificate for hha. I did not take my state exam for the CNA. it has already been 1 year. what is the best thing for me to do at this point? should i go back to school in miami or should i retake the cna course, im currently living in delray beach fldrioa.Sincerely,Stacey Brown.

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