There are so many different ways to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, and all of them pass the same, final hurdle: the national certification exam, or NATCEP. Once you have decided to become a CNA, the best way to plan your route to certification will depend on how you best prepare for tests. The options for training courses are endless: community and technical colleges, nursing homes, hospitals, community centers, online programs, etc. No matter the setting of instruction, all courses will have to prepare you to pass both the written and practical portions of the NATCEP. Getting started depends on which type of instruction works best for your abilities, resources, and needs.
For the most part, classes are offered in a group setting. Class sizes can be as small as five students or as large as 40 students. The smallest class sizes will most likely be found in nursing homes and community centers, where availability is lower due to fewer students. These will be the best places to receive one-on-one instruction, but getting a seat in class may be more difficult than other places. The larger classes will be held in community and technical colleges. These institutions will provide a group setting to engage in lecture and discussion. This type of setting may be more useful for the type of learner who does better out of the center of attention, or prefers to work with classmates in order to better understand and complete course material.
But there are also people who are better learning at their own pace. These types will find more satisfaction in an online training course, or similar type of personal training regimen. There are CNA instructors certified by the American Red Cross to give private instruction in CNA certification, which can be a more expensive alternative for those seeking a personal, tutoring experience.
No matter the applicant’s personality or conditions of education, the most important part of getting started will be to fully understand the state regulations that apply to CNA certification. Because every state is different, there will be different qualifications to become certified. Planning will not be effective without taking into account the unique conditions of your state, so spending the extra time beforehand will make the entire process less stressful. In order to find out more information about your specific state, visit the state’s nurse aide registry online for further directions and details.