In some states, Oregon for one, CNA training can be broken up into two phases: CNA Training 1 and CNA Training 2. The main benefit of breaking training up this way is a much shorter classroom or training period, allowing a student to quickly enter the workplace and begin his or her career. While the student is working, he or she can then enroll in the CNA Training 2 classes and finish up the training.
CNA Training 1 and 2 – How Does it Work?
Here’s a brief overview of the two phases, what you can expect to learn in each CNA training class and the opportunities available to professionals in each level of training. For our information, we used the CLIMB program details, a CNA 1 and CNA 2 training program available in Oregon and is an Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) approved program. For information on your own state’s CNA training class details and to inquire about CNA 1 and CNA 2 classes specifically, contact your State Board of Nursing.
CNA Training 1 Overview
As the first of two phases without the requirement of going on to CNA 2, this program consists of 75 hours of classroom and lab skills demonstration with 75 additional hours of required clinical work in a medical facility. The training and following testing allows those who successfully complete this phase of CNA training to become employed in a variety of medical facilities, such as an assisted living center, intermediate care, and skilled nursing facilities. Often, the CNA training provider has established relationships with medical facilities who agree to hire the aides directly after graduation.
CNA Training 2 Overview
CNA Training 2 offered through CLIMB is identified as an acute care training program. This second phase of the CNA training program consists of 24 hours of clinical practice (or on the job training) in a hospital atmosphere. The skills originally learned in CNA training 1 are reviewed and built upon, expanding these skills to provide CNAs with the ability to perform more advanced nursing duties. The benefits of continuing your CNA training with the phase 2 include increased earning power, advanced employment opportunities as well as the opportunity for additional responsibilities that may lead up to advancements in pay or position.
Is the CNA Training Taken in Phase 1 and 2 Right for You?
If you are looking for a fast track to a rewarding medical career as a CNA, taking your training in two phases may be right for you. One of the biggest hurdles to any type of career change which involves education and training is the fact that wages are lost while the individual is training. This is not always feasible, especially for those with families or other obligations.
Check with your State Board of Nursing to find out if CNA training is available in two separate phases in your area. It could be the right step to your nursing career.
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