Sunday, December 9, 2012

CNA license requirements

One sector of the economy which offers a great deal of job security and room for advancement is the health care industry. Think about it; people are living longer these days and there are constant advances in medicine. Those two factors virtually guarantee that as long as you do a good job you will likely never be out of work.

However, sometimes people think that it is too hard or a long painstaking process to enter the health care field. Well, if you are looking to be a doctor or something close to it then yes there will be lots of education required. But there are other positions in which you can be working in less than a year. One of them is that of a Certified Nursing Assistant, more commonly known as a CNA. The requirements are actually quite minimal in nature.

Before we get into that; one of the neat things about entering the field as a CNA is that you can literally earn while you learn. For example, if you are looking to advance to another position like Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Registered Nurse (RN) you can do so while getting valuable on the job experience. That is exactly what many Certified Nursing Assistants do.

Now for the requirements.

These can and do vary from state to state but there are some things that are pretty much uniform as well. You will have to be at least eighteen years of age. You will be required to pass at least one or more tests to show you are qualified for certification. This will usually consist of showing you have knowledge of basic patient care procedures as well as CPR techniques.

Most often the exam taken to become certified will be two-pronged in nature. One of them will be a written test with the other being what is referred to as clinical in which you will physically demonstrate how to wash hands and treat patients in your care. On top of that you will have to show that you are physically up to doing the job. CNA positions often require a good deal of physical labor moving patients and so forth.

One final word of advice. Make sure that wherever you receive your training from is accredited. This is often called for by most states. In fact, you might not be able to become certified unless your education was provided by an accredited school or facility. Other than that, if there are any other licensing or certification requirements called for by your state, they will likely be minimal in nature.

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