- There are no formal college education prerequisites needed to become a CNA. While other positions in the health care field like doctor require advanced degrees, a CNA needs to fulfill a federally mandated 75 hours of approved training course work and to pass a competency exam. A physical exam can also be demanded of an individual to make sure she is in good enough shape to handle the job's duties.
- The 75 hours of training will touch on a variety of subjects, and the course work for the CNA certification will include classes and studies in nutrition, anatomy, physiology, body mechanics and client rights. In addition, active field work under the supervision of nurses will help a candidate to gain hands-on experience.
- There are physical requirements to being a CNA, which means part of the license training will most likely involve the trainee undergoing a physical and being screened for tuberculosis or other transferable or contagious conditions. He will be required to demonstarte an ability to handle basic heavy lifting.
- The duties that come with being a CNA are varied, and CNA license training should cover all of these duties in detail. These duties include providing basic care to adults and children, ensuring patient safety, taking vital signs, hygiene, communication skills and assisting in preventing and treating infections, among others.
- CNAs don't make as much as many people think; because they're serving essentially as nurse's aides, they are on the lower end of the pay scale. As of 2010, starting wages in cities averaged from $23,000 to $28,000. However pay goes up rapidly with even just a couple of years of experience.