If you’ve decided to enroll in CNA training, then congratulations! This is the first day of the rest of your life. With this training and certification under your belt, you will be able to begin a new career; one that will allow you to earn a paycheck while pursuing your passion for caring for others.
Before you can get to this place, however, you have to pass your CNA training class.
Grading and CNA Training
While most students entering CNA training know that they must earn a passing score on their CNA training state exam at the end of their course, many don’t realize they will be graded during the course as well in the classroom, the lab, and during clinical rotations. During the class, you must earn a passing grade in all three areas before you will be allowed to sit for the state exam.
There are a number of areas in which you will be graded during your CNA training, including:
- Homework- Some CNA training instructors will assign homework that will be graded and will contribute to your final overall classroom grade. However, this is not always the case. In some circumstances, homework doesn’t count toward your grade at all, but is rather a tool used to assist students in the learning process.
- Tests- Most CNA training classes will have five to six exams (sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the length of the course) that will contribute to your overall grade. Most often, an cumulative score of 75% to 78% or higher will be needed in order to pass the classroom portion of CNA training.
- Lab- Each state is different when it comes to skills testing in the lab. For instance, in Illinois, students must demonstrate all of the mandated skills within three tries in order to pass the course. In other states, however, this could differ.
- Clinicals- During clinicals, it is important for every student to consider carefully what they have been taught and do their best to ensure every move they make is because of what they learned. Why? Because clinicals don’t just provide you with real world experience, your CNA training instructor will also be evaluating you while you’re participating in this part of the course. Treat patients with respect, follow the rules, and always wash your hands.
- CPR- Not every CNA training course offers students the ability to earn their CPR certification during the course. However, those that do offer this will take the student’s performance into consideration for their final grade. Whether you’ve been through CPR training before or this is your first time, pay attention and do exactly what the instructor says. Your grade, and your ability to take the state exam depends on it.
CNA Training: Earn Your Grade
Grading during CNA training can vary, depending on the state and medical facility. However, every course has one truth in common: the state exam can not be taken by a student who does not pass their CNA training class. Be prepared; read your state’s handbook and guidelines to find out what you’ll be graded on during CNA training.