How to Become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

How to Become a Certified Nurse Assistant

A high school diploma is often required to become a certified nurse assistant. A CNA student must also complete a training program (typically ranging from 80 to 150 hours), pass a certification exam (usually given through the program) and then register with the state in order to become a certified nurse assistant.

Classes taken during the certificate program usually include:

  • Basic nursing skills
  • Personal care skills
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Infection control
  • Body mechanics
  • Communication skills
  • Resident rights

Many CNA program graduates use the position as a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse (RN).