What is a CNA?
A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients with activities of daily living and other healthcare needs under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). CNA’s are also commonly referred to as a Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), or a Nurse’s Aid.
Some individuals will use their knowledge as a CNA to bridge the gap to further their career and become an LPN or RN. Interestingly, a large number of CNAs are already in a nursing school program and use this career as a chance to learn more about the healthcare world and gain additional real-world application and knowledge. Others become a CNA in order to determine if they want to continue to the next step in their healthcare journey.
Meet Shontavia, a student who persevered against many odds. She is now working as a CNA, and pursuing her RN.
Become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
Imagine a job that rewards you for caring about others -- that is exciting and challenging -- a job where you make a difference. Whether you’re just starting your career or ready for a change, now is the time to consider becoming a Nurse Assistant. As a Nurse Assistant, you will be an important part of today’s world of health care, with knowledge and skills that are always in demand. And with our comprehensive program that was designed with input from educators, caregivers, and long-term care industry representatives, we can help you become a nurse assistant and begin your career in health care.
Requirements before registration:
✓ At least 16 years of age
✓ Valid Social Security Number
Requirements after registration:
✓ Physical, TB Test, Flu Shot (current season)
✓ Background Check
Our Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) or CNA Program
The LA Skills Academy NAT Program meets the California Department of Public Health’s requirements for Nurse Assistant Training in California, including 60 hours of classroom/online theory lecture and 100 hours of supervised hands-on clinical experience at a local Skilled Nursing Facility. All classes are taught by highly experienced and professional nurses with a small student to instructor ratio to provide quality training. The expectation of excellence is high within our fast-paced and focused program. We train our students to provide compassionate care for people within the health care system.
Through lecture, video, role-playing, hands-on skills demonstration, and clinical practice, our students learn procedural skills such as bathing, dressing, positioning, and vital signs. Students will also learn key communication techniques through life skills training including resume and interview preparation to prepare students for employment after graduation. After students graduate the NAT Program, they are eligible to test for the California Nurse Assistant State Exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).
Ready to start the CNA program?
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3. Pay for the class
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