What are the time requirements of CNA Training?
The average length of a CNA training course is approximately 1000 hours of course work. But this varies dramatically based on your state requirements, education provider and course work delivery format (correspondence or on campus). This can be squeezed into 4 to 6 week intensive course or spaced out and investigated in depth in an 8 month self-paced environment. It really depends on your needs and time constraints.
How can time management help you with your CNA training?
Time management is essential when managing the assessment tasks and general coursework of any study or further education. Particularly in courses like CNA training where you will be expected to manage theoretical written activities and practical skill benchmarks. Deadlines for these tasks may be strict or fluid depending on your choice of provider. Either way it is best to work out some time management strategies and plans to allow you to complete your course requirements without being overwhelmed with last minute study panic!
What is more important, convenient placement hours or quality of experience?
Remember that every CNA has different priorities and expectations for their future careers. Whilst a student with a clear and focused view to specialize in a particular area may benefit from adjusting their schedule to make room for erratic placement hours at a relevant facility, a more time poor student may need to select their placement facility based on the convenience of available placement hours. It’s also important to remember that in times of great demand you may not have a choice at all!
Planning Your CNA Training Work Loads
Should I take on distance or on campus CNA training?
If you have good time management skills and self-discipline then studying via online correspondence methods is very real and flexible alternative to the rigid time structure of on campus learning. You can save hours by not having to commute and you may be able to work your study around other employment, making this great for up skilling and people in remote or rural areas. However all of the time you could save via correspondence is redundant if you cannot self-motivate and get the course work done. Many less self-driven students are able to retrain their thinking using purpose designed short courses or motivational strategies. But unfortunately a number of students are just unsuited to distance and online education.
Should I take on a full time or part time study work load?This decision involves weighing up your priorities and what you expect from your CNA training. If you are already employed and a looking for a career change part time or flexible study loads maybe a way for you to keep earning money while you study. But if you are unemployed and looking to get into the workforce as quickly as possible a full time course load will get you to your goal sooner. A lot of mature age students ease themselves back into study patterns by beginning the course part time, then slowly increasing their study load.