CNA Certification training program – Sample schedule and requirements

In order to be certified every prospective Certified Nursing Assistant must graduate a CNA training program and successfully pass the state CNA Certification exam.

State approved CNA certification training programs consist of two parts – theoretical knowledge and hands-on training.

Every CNA certification training program starts with theoretical course that provides the prospective Certified Nursing Assistant solid knowledge and nursing skills that their patients will expect from them as an important health care providers.

After 40 hours gaining CNA knowledge and hands-on CNA skills in the training classroom prospective Certified Nursing Assistants experience the practice of full care of patients in a long-term care facility. This hands on CNA training helps the prospective Certified Nursing Assistants to gain the confidence and the competence needed to enter the healthcare field and to have successful CNA career.

CNA certification training requirements:

1. An applicant must be at least 16 years of age.

2. An applicant must speak English

3. An enrollment application, a personal admission interview and a physical examination with a Tuberculosis test must be completed prior to admission.

CNA certification training termination (prospective Certified Nursing Assistants will be dismissed on the following grounds):

1. Failure to maintain standards of attendance

2. Unsatisfactory academic training progress

3. Intentional disruption of the CNA certification center activities

4. Deliberate dishonesty

5. Violation of the law

6. Non conformity to the CNA certification center’s rules and policies regarding the use and possession of alcohol or controlled drugs.

Services included in a CNA certification training program:

Usually the CNA certification training center will provide prospective Certified Nursing Assistants services such as scheduling, CNA training, monitoring academic progress and arranging for state CNA certification test. Upon successful completing of the CNA certification training program, prospective Certified Nursing Assistants will receive a list of prospective employers.

Special thanks to for providing complete information about their exact training program and details about the medical knowledge and skills the prospective Certified Nursing Assistants gain during the training that prepares them for the CNA certification test:

101 Orientation

Learning about  the Certified Nursing Assistant’s role on the health care team. Introduction to health care facilities and their patients.

102 Relating to patients

Prospective Certified Nursing Assistants learn how to understand patient’s basic needs. Building relationships. Using good communication skills. Communicating with the sensory impaired.

103 Infection control

Prospective Certified nursing Assistants get all the knowledge needed to take precautions. Controlling Hepatitis B virus. Preventing AIDS and other infections. Washing of hands. Using protective barriers.

104 Body machanics

CNAs learn all the correct techniques for lifting and transporting patients. Learning how to position, move and transfer patients.

105 Vital Signs

Prospective Certified Nursing Assistants learn to take accurate measurements of temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure. CNAs learn their normal values.

106 Basic patient care

Observing, reporting and charting. Promoting independence. Bed making. Personal hygiene. Serving food. Weighing and measuring. Range of motion. Giving a back rub.

107 Elimination

Prospective Certified Assistants get knowledge and skills in using bed pans. Documenting fluid intake and output. Treating bowel and bladder problems.

108 Safety and emergency procedures

CNAs are trained in preventing accidents. Responding to emergencies. Fire safety. Using protective devices.

109 Specific disorders

Prospective Certified Nursing Assistants are trained to understand and care for patients with different diseases such as cancer, heart disease,  Alzheimer’s diseases, diabetes,seizure, confusion and stroke. Dealing with death and dying.

110 Assistive devices

Prospective Certified Nursing Assistants learn all the basics of proper care for patients with: hearing aids, vision aids, canes, walkers, crutches and prosthesis

111 Terminology and abbreviations

Prospective Certified Nursing Assistants learn frequently used medical terminology and abbreviations.

112 Clinical Laboratory

Laboratory time allows for demonstrations of techniques and actual hands on care of patient in a nursing home under the supervision of a clinical instructor.

113 Review and CNA Certification Test

CNA Certification Training duration:

Total classroom training hours – 40 clock hours

Total clinical training hours – 60 clock hours

Total training program – 100 clock hours + 5 clock hours review

CNA Certification grading policy:

A = 90% – 100% Excellent

B = 80% -89% Very good

C = 75% – 79% Good

F = 74% or below Failing

CNA Certification training program graduation requirements:

Upon successful completion (75% and more) of both theoretical and clinical components of the CNA certification training program certificate of completion is issued. If all financial obligations are met the prospective certified nursing assistant has the opportunity to take the State CNA Certification Exam.

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At the discretion of the Director of the CNA training center, prospective Certified Nursing Assistants who achieve below 75% level will have the opportunity to have 5 clock hours of remedial assistance. CNAs must have 75% to successfully complete the CNA Certification training program.

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