Anyone reading this article and still twiddling their thumbs wondering which path to take that would lead to success, the three letters are: CNA – certified nursing assistant. Look folks, becoming a certified nursing assistant as your first step up the medical ladder is just common sense. And yes, it may be a start, but from that CNA experience the door is wide open to take that next step and earn your licensed practical nursing license – LPN! The medical field for CNA, LPN and RN nurses has one of the highest growth industries there is. It’s also pretty much unemployment proof in terms of job availability.
How Does A CNA Become An LPN?
CNA nursing programs are like ants at a lakeside picnic and located nationwide but can vary from state to state; each having their own board of nursing, clinical and educational requirements. Most programs will require, at the very minimum, high school graduates; but NO previous knowledge of nursing is required. CNA programs usually last as long as 12 weeks for part-time programs.
What Are The Education Requirement Of A CNA Program?
It will involve classroom learning and clinical experiences and upon completion, the student will take and pass their state certification test that will include a written portion plus a hands-on skills test in order to prove that you did learn something in school. Note: CNA classes are available online or at the chosen school campus. If you opt to take classes on line, it will allow you to enjoy a bit more flexibility especially if you and kids.
Your Next Move!
In the nursing field if you wish to further your education and accept the next challenge, become an licensed practical nurse – LPN. Technically, since being a CNA you’re status will be like someone with no nursing experience. But that CNA tag you have earned does provide very valuable experience that can easily apply to what LPN and RN nurses will expect. When making that leap from CNA to LPN there will be a lot to learn in your new position of responsibility.