How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Are you interested in becoming a healthcare professional? Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, can kickstart a lifelong career.  

Certified Nursing Assistants, working under the supervision of an LPN or an RN, are caregivers who provide crucial daily support to patients.The U.S. Department of Labor expects nursing assistant jobs to grow four percent between now and 20321.

What Does a Certified Nursing Assistant Do?

Certified Nursing Assistants provide vital support by helping patients with daily activities including:

  • Monitoring and charting patient vital signs
  • Answering patient calls and bed alarms
  • Listening to and reporting patient health concerns
  • Assisting in cleaning, bathing, and dressing patients
  • Turning, repositioning, and transferring patients
  • Helping patients eat

What is the Difference Between Certified Nursing Assistant 1 and Certified Nursing Assistant 2?

In Oregon, there are two levels of CNA certification — 1 and 2. A CNA2 performs the same duties as a CNA1 but also receives specialized training to assist with more complex care.    

Becoming a CNA1 requires completing a state-approved training program, passing a background check, and passing a certification exam. Becoming a CNA2 requires completing a state-approved CNA2 training program.    

Where can you work as a Certified Nursing Assistant?

Certified Nursing Assistants can work in various environments such as:

  •  Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Adult Day Care Centers

How Long Is a Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program?

CNA1 Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN)-approved training programs are comprised of at least 105 hours of instruction, with a minimum of 37 hours of classroom instruction and 28 hours of lab instruction.

CNA2 programs are made up of 88 hours of instruction, with a minimum of 60 hours in the classroom and 28 hours of supervised instruction in a clinical setting.

Are You Ready to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant? Enroll at Caregiver Training Institute Today!

The first step to starting a career as a CNA is to complete a state-approved training program. After completing the program, students are eligible to take the state test to become certified as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Caregiver Training Institute, a Division of Bryan University, offers CNA1 and CNA2 training programs that are OSBN-approved.

CTI offers portions of the faculty-led programs virtually and on accelerated day, evening, and weekend schedules year-round to fit any schedule.

After completing the CNA1 program, students are issued a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to test for certification as a CNA in Oregon. CTI is a Board of Nursing testing site. 

After the CNA2 program, students are issued a Certificate of Completion and will be listed as a CNA2 by the OSBN.Are you ready to start your career in healthcare as a CNA? Call us at 503-257-0117 or complete a free online information session.

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