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Benefits of a CNA Certificate

Whether you are changing careers or choosing a career path for the first time, you may be interested in the healthcare field.  Even when there are fewer and fewer jobs in other industries,  healthcare career continue to grow.  After all, people will continue to need healthcare, regardless of the economy or anything else that’s going on.   Many healthcare professions require several years of advanced education, but that isn’t the only way to get into the healthcare industry.   If you’re interested in healthcare but don’t want to spend money and time on years of schooling, you may want to investigate becoming a nursing assistant by obtaining a CNA Certificate. 

Starting your health care career as a nursing assistant is a great way to make sure the healthcare industry is a good fit for you before you invest heavily in becoming a nurse, doctor, or other healthcare professional.  The Typical instructional program for a CNA Certificate is between 75 and 150 hours long, depending on the state you live in.   As long as you have a high school diploma or GED,  you can become a nursing assistant.  In many cases, the CNA instructional program is offered at community colleges, vocational or technical schools, and adult education schools.  During the program, you’ll learn about anatomy and physiology, nutrition, personal care skills like feeding and bathing, infection control, ambulation, and other important topics of study.  Once you’ve completed the required instructional hours, you’ll have to take an exam with both written and clinical portions.  You will be given your certificate once you pass this exam.

Nursing Assistants have a wide range of directions to go during the course of their careers.  They can find work in hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices,  but they can also find work in residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and private care facilities for the elderly or disabled.  Additionally, there are some facilities that provide in-home care to the elderly and disabled.  As a CNA, you can choose which career path you wish to take.

Additionally, you can decide to use a CNA certificate as a stepping stone to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), a nurse practitioner, or a physician.  If you choose to go on to  become a nurse, you may be more confident in you long-term career choice because you have experience in the healthcare field as a CNA.  This means you’ll have a better idea if this career is the best fit for you.

If you have any interest in the healthcare industry, you may want to find out about a CNA certificate program in your area.  It cab be a great way to start a healthcare career.