How to Become a CNA – Certified Nursing Aid

You have come to the right place if you have decided to become a CNA. The following are steps that you need to follow in order to become one.

Step #1- Know the Requirements

In order to become a CNA, you need to fulfill some basic requirements. Even though some of them may vary state to state, the usual prerequisites are:

• You have a high school degree
• You are at least 18 years of age
• Your criminal record is clean
• You clear the drug test
• You pass a basic screening test for illnesses such as tuberculosis, hepatitis etc.

Step #2-Register with a CNA class

You will have to learn the basic theories and do the necessary lab work in order to become a CNA and in order to do this you need to register for classes. Usually these classes (depending on the type of class you are taking) last from a month to six months. Thanks to technology, you have the option of registering online as a lot of schools offer online classes. Remember that you have to attend the lab instructions in person.

Step#3- Register for the Certification Exam

Apply for the certification exam as soon as you are done with the courses. The two companies that administer tests in the USA are NNAAP and Prometric. Check out which one works for your state.

Step#4- Pass the CNA Certification Assessment

If you pass the test then you will issued the certification. Just make sure that you get yourself listed in the Nurse Aid Registry because employers look into it to make sure that the nurse they are hiring is certified or not.

Step #5- Look for a CNA Job

This field is blooming and in the past few decades a lot of CAN jobs have been created in the country. Look for job options online or contact your local medical facilities, retirement communities or in old age homes.

Step # 6- You Are a CNA Now

If you have followed all these steps then congratulations! You are a CNA now.