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How to become a Nursing Assistant

Unlike other professionals in the field of nursing, you are not required to have a degree to become a nursing assistant. However, you do still need formal training, which you could receive at a community college, vocational college or technical school. You could also train at certain nursing homes and hospitals. The following are steps you can take to become a nursing assistant:

  1. Earn a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Enroll in a state-approved training program.
  3. Pass the certification exam.
  4. Enroll in and pass the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination.
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Typical qualifications for a Nursing Assistant

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Nursing Assistant jobs in United States

Certified Nursing Assistant - CNA - Restorative
Aegis Therapies3.1
Winter Garden, FL
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1 day ago
Certified Nursing Assistant
National HealthCare Corporation3.5
Gallatin, TN
2 hours ago
Certified Nurse Assistant - CNA
Professional Case Management3.3
Richland, WA
$19.00 - $21.50 an hour
1 day ago
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA )
Heritage Oaks N&R
Lubbock, TX
2 hours ago
The Pines at Placerville3
Placerville, CA
$21 an hour
1 hour ago
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Career progression for Nursing Assistant

Education levels for Nursing Assistants

Based on the requirements of Nursing Assistant job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED79.2%
Associate's degree12.6%
Bachelor's degree7.1%
Master's degree0.8%
Middle school education0.3%
Doctoral degree0.1%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Nursing Assistant in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$23,200
4 - 8$24,500
8 - 12$25,400
12 - 16$25,500
16 - 20$25,800
20 - 24$25,800
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How long does it take to get a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification online?

Obtaining a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification through online classes will generally take up to 12 weeks. While theory classes are taught online, you will still be required to gain training in a hands-on clinical setting to help develop practical skills.

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What is the job outlook for certified nursing assistant (CNA)?

The demand for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) is expected to grow in part because of the continued rise of jobs in the medical field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for nursing assistants is expected to increase by 9% between 2018 and 2028.

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What kinds of skills should certified nursing assistant (CNA) have?

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) should be skilled in technical aspects of the job like patient care and medical techniques such as taking vital signs and reporting healthcare progress. CNAs should also possess excellent interpersonal skills such as communication, empathy and compassion when caring for patients.

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