The Red Cross is a logical place to get CNA training, because of its strong tradition of nursing. The organization has provided CNA training for more than two decades and has been involved in nursing for more than 100 years.
American Red Cross CNA training is available in 36 cities across USA. Red Cross CNA training provides all the information and skills needed to become a certified nursing assistant. The Red Cross CNA training course follows a nationally-recognized Certified Nursing Assistant curriculum. State requirements for CNA certification differ from state to state, and training is designed to meet the requirements of the state in which the Red Cross chapter is located. Course hours are defined according to the state requirements and as such clinical requirements may be longer or shorter in a particular US state.
Successful CNA training course completion requires full participation in classroom training and skill sessions, as well as successful performance in skill and knowledge CNA certification exam. Prospective Certified Nursing Assistants must be advised that due to the nature of the skills in this training program, participation in strenuous activities is required. If a prospective Certified Nursing Assistant have a medical condition or disability that may prevent him from taking part in a skill session, or if there are any questions about CNA’s ability to participate fully in this training course, prospective nursing assistant must discuss them with the personal health-care provider and the appropriate person at the Red Cross chapter before starting the Red Cross CNA Training course.
The CNA exam consists of two parts – Skills Test and Written Test. The entire CNA exam can be completed in one day and takes approximately 5 and a half hours. The prospective CNA must successfully pass the Skills Test before taking the Written Test. The applicant is notified of the test results on the same day. Upon successful passing of the CNA exam the applicant will receive the State Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification shortly thereafter.
Some of the minimum requirements for all Red Cross CNA training class participants are:
- Prospective CNA must be 18 years of age or older
- Prospective CNA cannot have any felony convictions within the last 7 years
- Prospective CNA must be communicable diseases free
- If woman, prospective CNA cannot be pregnant
- In the event that the prospective CNA TB screening and/or background check does not clear, payment refund will be issued, less the screening fee. Once the prospective Certified Nurse Assistant has registered for the CNA Training course, the screening fee is non-refundable
The Red Cross CNA training class is ideal for everyone interested in a career in health care. Many registered nurses entered the health care field as Certified Nurse Assistants.