There never seems to be a shortage of work in the healthcare industry. If you go through the help wanted ads, there are always jobs for nurses. Gaining the certification to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is an investment that will pay off for years to come. Today, an aspiring CNA can even take some online courses. You just have to know where to look and what to look for.
First, you should understand that a CNA certification cannot be obtained just through online courses. Many of the requirements are hands on. You will need to have clinical hours to quality. However, you will be able to complete your academic courses online through some accredited schools.
In general, you would want to contact your local State Board of Nursing (every state has one) and see if they have a list of approved schools that offer the classes. Try and find a school near you, even if you intend on taking the CNA online courses, because when it comes time to go hands-on, they may have a program with a local hospital or nursing home that you can easily participate in.
The Red Cross is another great resource. They have listings a course in miracles of schools, some of which offer the online courses.
Because of the shortages in the healthcare industry, it’s also very possible that you may be able to find a free online course or a scholarship that would pay for them. Check with local nursing homes since some offer free classes in exchange for your work afterward. Government adult educational or re-training offices are worth a look too, they may offer scholarships.
Finally, be aware of what you are getting into with this career. Once the training is over, you will be a certified nurses assistant. You are going to be around very ill people every day. It is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but be prepared for the frustrating down times too.
Good luck finding and passing your CNA online courses!