How do you become a Certified Nursing Aide? The first step is to find nursing aide training programs in your area. Community colleges, vocational schools and medical centers offer the programs and in some areas, nursing homes and senior home care agencies offer these certification classes.
What is required for entrance into a nursing aide training program? You must meet all the qualification requirements for entrance into the programs, which include reading and math competency and passing a background check and drug test. Usually a high school diploma or G.E.D. is required and the minimum age is 18
How much do nursing aide programs cost? The cost for certification programs is usually between $500 and $2,000. Many times you can obtain a grant or scholarship or tuition reimbursement from an employer to for the nursing aide training. The best way to learn about financing your nursing aide certification is to speak to the school admissions office.
How do you obtain your certificate? The final certification for nursing aides is issued by the department of health by each state, after passing the state certification exam. You must then update your certification every 2 years. You may want to take a nursing aide practice test prior to pursuing certification to understand all of the skills which will be necessary to become certified.
What pay rate can you expect as a certified nursing aide? The pay rate depends on the area of the country you live in but usually you can expect pay of between $10 and $15 per hour and as you have more experience, you will receive higher pay and can advance to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse as both L.P.N.'s and R.N.'s receive C.N.A. training as part of their training. You may also work as a companion caregiver while obtaining your certification training and you may apply for a caregiving job in your area on Caregiverlist. You may also read our Insider's Guide to Becoming a Nursing Aide to find out what school admissions officers and directors say about the certification process.