Welcome To CNA Training Center
Congratulations on your decision to enter the field of working as a Certified Nursing Assistant!
You are entering a job field that is in high demand and looks to grow in the future so your chances of finding a job as a CNA and developing your career are high. A career as a CNA will also give you an opportunity to have meaningful work, serve people in a highly impacting way and to provide for your family.
Each state has different training and certification requirements both for new people entering the field and also for current CNA’s seeking a reciprocity transfer.
Please use the map below to find your appropriate State’s requirement. Conversely, you can also use the menu in the sidebar to find the requirements for your state.
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s) are also known as nursing aides, or nursing assistants. They provide care for patients and perform routine medical tasks under the supervision of a licensed nurse or other medical professional. The tasks performed in this job vary by the needs of the patient but can include helping patients eat, dress, and bathe. Nursing assistants can also help serve meals, make beds, clean up rooms, take a patients temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiration rate.
CNA’s are often the principal care givers in nursing facilities and have more hands on contact with the patients that do other staff members. This affords the CNA often to develop meaningful relationships with patients.
CNA jobs are expected to grow faster than average (per government research), approaching almost 20 percent growth between 2008 and 2018. This is directly correlated with the aging US population and the desire for hospitals to discharge patients quickly due to financial pressure (thus boosting admissions to nursing care facilities) and because modern technology will extend patients lives providing more need for personal care.
Work will be concentrated primarily in residential care facilities. One potential pitfall is that many nursing facilities rely on government funding, which could limit the number of nursing aides in one care center.
Training is offered at many levels including vocational schools, nursing care facilities and community colleges. Students learn about body mechanics, nutrition, anatomy, infection control, communication strategies and patient’s rights.
The government requires a minimum of 75 State-approved training hours and a passing score on a competency exam. In addition, each state has varying additional requirements which can be found in our state guides and confirmed with each State board.