10 Things You May Not Know About CNA Training and Employment

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CNA training and employment is a multifaceted subject with many different pieces of state and federal legislature affecting the way that people operate within medical support roles. If you are considering enrolling or are currently enrolled in a Nursing Assistant course you might be interested in these 10 interesting CNA facts.

CNA Training and Employment Information

1. There are nearly 2 million people employed in nursing support roles in the United States
From CNAs to Home health aides, the patient and resident care sector is one of the countries big long term employers, and one of the most consistently growing across all of the US states and territories.

2. Most states have an online written theory exam option
Whilst each state has individual legislature and guidelines that govern CNA requirements, most have state certified online learning portals that allow distance education providers to offer accredited CNA training.

3. The healthcare industry is experiencing a huge boom
With an ageing population the demand for health and medical services is increasing. The growth rate for CNA jobs alone is just under 2%, one of the strongest growth rates, and certainly the most sustainable of its kind in the current employment landscape.

4. New healthcare legislation is predicted to lead to an increased demand for services
The rollout of Obama Care is set to make health care more affordable and accessible to low income families. This will mean that these families will be less hesitant to access health care and medical services.

5. There are free CNA training programs available
Government and private CNA scholarships and subsidies are available, but please use common sense and discretion; there are some CNA training scams out there, that prey on students looking for free training.

6. CNA training can open the door to other job opportunities
Childcare assistants, Home Health Aide and Community Support Workers are sometimes in high demand and CNA skills can be applied to the great advantage of the candidate and the wider community.

7. CNA training can be a stepping stone to further training
Licensed Practicing nurse and Registered Nurse courses sometime require Certified Nursing Assistant training, or completed CNA training may make you eligible for recognition of prior learning for some of the foundation nursing units.

8. CNAs have a higher than average rate of full time employment
It is estimated that an average of 75% of qualified nursing assistants are in full time employment.

9. CNA training can be conducted in conjunction with on the job training
Some workplaces offer traineeships that allow you to take on the role of a nursing assistant gradually and give you the opportunity to be paid while you study. The traineeship style programs are not always available but may become more common during the anticipated health care boom.

10. Military trained medical aides may be able to gain recognition of prior learning
Students who have previously completed training in the armed forces that is equivalent to the civilian nursing assistant course requirements are often able to skip the training and just undertake the practical and theory examinations

So there you have it, a few little factoids to peak your curiosity. Always check your state’s specific requirements and funding programs, you never know what you might find.

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