What Are Accelerated CNA Training and Education Programs?

An accelerated certified nursing assistant (CNA) program can enable you to start working as a nursing assistant in a short period of time, commonly within 5-6 weeks. After taking an accelerated course, you may earn certification to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Overview of Accelerated CNA Programs

An accelerated CNA program typically includes classroom and clinical studies. You'll gain knowledge through studying topics involving anatomy, medical terminology and patient care. Skill building will happen through the clinical portion of the program where you'll have the chance to practice what you have learned in a practical setting.

Some programs are designed for individuals who are already employed in a healthcare setting, but many are open to individuals with no experience in the field. Programs may also be designed for specific career paths, such as working in long-term care, but programs are also available that allow you to prepare to work in any area of healthcare.

Important Facts about Accelerated CNA Programs

Common Courses Health care skills, clinical experience (usually in a clinical setting)
Online Availability Some hybrid (in class and online) programs available; generally this program requires in-person attendance
Possible Work Settings Hospitals, home healthcare, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers
Continued Education Varies by state -- check state requirements; Certified Medication Assistant (CMA) credentials may be possible in some states -- check state nursing boards for more info

Admission Requirements

Most CNA programs have admission requirements. While requirements can vary, schools commonly mandate that you be a minimum age, pass a health screening and have updated vaccinations. Additional requirements may include passing a tuberculosis skin test and submitting your fingerprints for a criminal background check.

Career Information

A career as a CNA involves assisting medical personnel with patient care. The duties you'll have may be general in nature, such as helping patients get dressed or bathe. The law limits CNAs to duties that don't fall within the scope of practicing medicine. Typically, you won't be able to dispense medicine, but you may help with medical tasks, such as changing wound dressings. You may also take vital signs, manage patient records and collect specimens.

Certification is handled at the federal and state levels, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). Each state may have additional requirements that are imposed by the state board of nursing.

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