Caregivers interested in furthering their education and securing top senior caregiving positions may want to consider becoming a Certified Nursing Aide, also referred to as a C.N.A. Some states also offer certifications for home health aides and personal care assistants who work in senior's homes.
What are the requirements for admission to a nursing aide program?
- High School Diploma or Equivalency
- Minimum age of 18
- Background Check
- Drug Test
- English Comprehension for reading and writing
- Basic math skills
Community colleges and vocational schools and some universities offer classes for certification and sometimes hospitals and nursing homes provide classes. You can find a nursing aide certification program in your area on Caregiverlist, along with the costs and admissions requirements.
Tip: schools tell us there are many financial aide, grants and tuition reimbursement programs available as long as you plan ahead and apply early. As there is an ongoing need for senior caregivers with the aging population, sometimes employers also pay for the certification.
You may also take a Sample C.N.A. Test or complete a C.N.A. Practice Test to learn about the types of skills taught in these programs. After attending classes and performing work in a clinical setting, students must pass the state's nursing aide certification exam. Caregiverlist's practice test contains the certification exam questions.
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