The origins of CNA

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CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) training rules are in reference to 1987 Act of Omnibus Budget Reconciliation. According to this act, the State Approved of 50 hours of theoretical training and 100 hours of clinical training with supervision are required. Once the CNAs completed their courses successfully, and passed their certificate examinations, they were eligible to work in hospitals or medical facility for the next twenty-four months. During this period, they have to take a re-certification examination. The names of these CNAs are included in the State Registry as soon they pass their certificate examinations.

In order to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, however, a few basic skills are required. A person is only eligible to train in this field, after he has completed the 10th grade or has a GED qualification. The training schools that offer CNA training employ experienced registered nurses and medical assistants who teach the new students, how to go about their job. In order to enter into world of nurses, the first step is to complete training as a nursing assistant. Vocational colleges as well as community colleges offer CNA training, besides the University Affiliated colleges. The classrooms of these colleges are converted in a manner, to ensure the students get to experience the practical side of their job.

Depending on state specifications the practical classes range from 75 hours to 100 hours. A few states even approve of the online CNA training programs. It is advisable to check the validity of the course in the state, before enrolling in it. These online training programs have the virtual laboratories wherein the students are taken through their practical. Nevertheless, students must appear for their written and practical examinations, in person, even if they have pursued an online course. As only then they can be correctly evaluated and rightly offered the job of a Certified Training Assistant.