Becoming a CNA

Each state has a set of guidelines outlining the amount of time required for CNA training and testing - also referred to as Certified Nursing Assistant. The first step in determining how to become a CNA is to understand your local requirements by visiting the State Nurse Aide Registry and/or State Licensing Board.  Many CNAs start their career as caregivers to gain experience before and during CNA school, which varies from a few weeks to a few months.  There are varying degrees of caregivers from uncertified to certified caregivers (e.g. 10 hour caregiver certification program by the Professional Association of Caregivers).

CNA Job Description

Although the job description for a CNA is fairly standard across the board, CNA job duties are highly dependent upon the needs of the person(s) cared for and the type of company you work for.  A CNA job description often includes the following:
  • Patient assessment
  • Patient care planning
  • Assisting with hygiene and nutritional needs
  • Assisting with basic mobility needs
  • Being the patient safety advocate 
CNAs can work directly with patients, in a hospital, for an assisted living home, or with a senior home care agency.  All caregiver and CNA jobs posted on myCNAjobs are through a company - most often, a senior home care agency.  

CNA Classes & Caregiver Training 

For those looking to become officially certified as a Certified Nursing Assistant, there are hundreds of CNA schools throughout the country. CNA programs range from part-time to full-time and are flexible to meet the demands of a working caregiver. 

Additional Caregiver & CNA Resources

If you’d like to learn more about 10-hour Caregiver Certification, visit our partner.  To learn more about local CNA schools, check out our comprehensive local CNA school directory.


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