When you have made the decision to take a nursing assistant training course, you will find many opportunities available. Cost, length of time and your current responsibilities will play a big part in your choices. You will be choosing a potential career with many opportunities for advancement. There are many registered nurses who began their careers as nursing assistance and have not looked back.
If_you choose not to attend Red Cross CNA classes but to attend community college classes, that opportunity is available in many areas. It may be possible to receive financial aid at a community college as well. Most community colleges will require a high school diploma or a GED. Check with your college to find out the exact requirements.
Online classes are also available if you choose that over Red Cross CNA classes. This will allow you to stay in your current job and attend classes at your convenience. Before you commit to CNA online classes it is extremely important to check with your state requirements. Some state boards require a set amount of hands on training. If there is no coordinated training, you may not qualify to take the state board examination and receive certification.
The length of the courses may vary from organization to organization. The Red Cross nursing assistant training is always a hands-on course and may be advisable for someone who has had no medical training in the past. Community colleges also have hands-on classes and again would be advisable if you are new to the field or are considering trying it out as a potential career.
Nursing assistants who have become certified average from $9-13 per hour depending on your location. Within the same town, salaries can vary from institution to institution. Acute care hospitals will have one pay scale and nursing homes may have another. You will have to choose the type of patient you want to work with.