CNA Instructor Course and Training Program Facts

The instructors who train certified nurse aides (CNAs) need a special set of skills in both nursing and education. Find out about the education, experience and certification requirements to become a CNA instructor. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

In general, you need to be a registered nurse (RN) in good standing with at least two years of nursing experience to complete the course. Your nursing experience should include at least one year working with the elderly or the disabled in a long-term care facility, such as a hospice, nursing home, chronic care unit, geriatric unit, extended care unit or home health setting.

Other states may have additional instructor requirements; Illinois, for example, requires an aspiring instructor to have four hours of instruction in Alzheimer's disease. Check with the board of education, department of public health or licensing department of the state in which you'll work for that state's specific requirements to qualify as a certified nurse aide (CNA) instructor.

Programs Programs approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Training Seminars and online courses
Courses Teaching methodologies, the characteristics of adult learners, evaluation tools, course design

How Do I Receive Training as a CNA Instructor?

Programs that are approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center are eligible to provide you with the training you need to learn to train CNAs. These 'train the trainer' programs are available on site as seminars or online as workshops and courses that can be taken anywhere.

What Will I Learn in a Training Course?

When you take a CNA instructor course or seminar, you'll review principles including:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Various instructional methods
  • The characteristics of the adult learner
  • How to develop lesson plans and curriculum
  • The legal responsibilities of a CNA instructor

You may be required to perform a teaching demonstration.

What if I Want to Teach in a High School?

To teach in a secondary school, you'd typically need teacher certification. Requirements for a vocational teacher's license vary by state, but many states require you to have a bachelor's degree in education. Some states have alternative licensing programs that consider your work experience or degrees in other subjects, such as nursing. As a secondary school vocational teacher, you might lead high school students as they practice performing basic tasks such as testing blood sugar and taking blood pressure.

How Do I Choose a Program?

The CNA instructor training program may be sponsored by the state, as it is in Maine, or you might choose from privately operated courses. Look for programs approved by a body associated with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an entity of the American Nurses Association. The ANCC's standards require your training program to be free of conflicts of interest.

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