Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program
Diploma in Nursing Assistant
Become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Five Weeks
The Nursing Assistant program at Cambridge provides students with the education and practical training to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Led by highly qualified staff and instructors, students can complete the program in less than two months and be ready to flourish in a nursing assistant career.
What Is a Certified Nursing Assistant?
A CNA works directly with patients and doctors, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Nursing assistants perform many duties, including:
- Administering medications
- Checking vital signs
- Communicating with doctors and nurses
- Helping patients bathe, eat or get dressed
- Documenting information
- Transporting patients
- Caring for wounds
Why Choose Cambridge
As a student at Cambridge, you’ll receive a wide range of benefits by participating in our programs.
- Career coaching and job placement: Our Career Services department is made up of experienced human resources and healthcare professionals who know what industry employers seek. Through our vast partner network, you’ll have access to career mentoring and job placement assistance.
- Hands-on instruction: Our qualified instructors give you practical experience throughout the program with dynamic, interactive instruction.
- Externship placements: During the program, you’ll have the opportunity to put your skills in action with externships in long-term care facilities and receive on-the-job training.
- Lab experience: Our industry current lab allows you to work with current industry technology and medical equipment.
Nursing Assistant Curriculum
Cambridge’s Nursing Assistant program provides you with the fundamental training you need to work in the healthcare field. You’ll learn how to care for patients of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings.
Certified Nursing Assistant Courses
- Basics of healthcare
- Recording and capturing vital signs
- General patient care
- Medication administration
- Medical record use training
- Nursing assistant externship
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Nursing Assistant Work Environments
The majority of nursing assistants work in hospitals and long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living centers. Students must be certified in order to work as a CNA. Additional places you can also work in:
- Rehabilitation centers
- Adult daycare centers
- Clinical facilities
- Correctional institutions
What Is the Job Outlook for Nursing Assistants?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 8% between 2020 and 2030. Many job openings over the decade are expected to come from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or retire.
The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area in Florida is one of the top ten US metropolitan areas for the highest level of employment of nursing assistants.
Nursing Assistant Salary
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the average annual salary for a nursing assistant in the US is $30,290. Depending on your local job market and employer, this number could be higher or lower.
Upon graduation and successful completion of this program, you will earn your diploma/certificate. You will also be prepared to take and pass the Florida Nursing Assistant certification examination. Once passed, you’ll become licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant and will be ready to begin working in a variety of healthcare facilities and private medical practices.
- Diploma/certificate program
- 5 weeks
- 120 clock hours
- Thorough preparation for Florida’s nursing assistant certification exam
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Nursing Assistant?
Nursing assistants help patients of all ages with basic daily tasks, from administering medications to dressing them. They keep nurses and doctors up to speed on critical patient information and work wherever long-term care is needed.
How Do I Become a Nursing Assistant?
To become a CNA, you’ll first need to complete an accredited CNA program to receive your certification. Through Cambridge, our CNA program takes five weeks to complete, or 120 clock hours.
After you achieve your certification, you’ll be prepared to take and pass the Florida Nursing Assistant Certification examination. If you pass, you’ll become a licensed CNA, ready to work in a variety of facilities.
What Certifications Will I Need?
Certified Nursing Assistants must complete a state-approved certificate program before entering the workforce, such as the NA program at Cambridge. The requirements for these programs vary from state to state, but most involve classroom learning, hands-on training and on-the-job training.
Candidates must also take and pass a state exam. Once a candidate has passed the exam they are certified nursing assistants, and placed on a state registry of CNAs and can begin seeking employment.
Certain states maintain additional requirements, including a background check, continuing education credits and ongoing training throughout a CNA’s career.
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