If you’re part of the so called “millennial” generation, you’re probably pretty familiar with the idea of taking classes online, also known as “distance learning.” You might or might not be familiar with the fact that some states may allow people to take some of their CNA classes online. Not all states allow this, and it depends upon a number of factors, including the state that you live in, as well as the school that you’re attending.
Before we get deeper into the discussion, let’s bust some myths about online CNA classes. First of all, there’s no school or program anywhere that will allow you to take all of your classes over the internet. You might, at most, be able to take some of them (usually the lecture portion) online, but you won’t be able to take them all via distance learning no matter what anyone tells you, and the reason for this is simple—there are some things that cannot be learned over the internet, especially when it comes to the health care industry. Being a CNA is a very hands-on job, and you won’t be able to learn what you need to know without actually physically doing it in person. Imagine trying to take someone’s pulse without ever having tried it before…there’s no way you’d be able to figure it out. The bottom line here is that the internet is great, but you’ll still face to put in some face to face time if you want to be a Certified Nursing Assistant.
With that said, CNA classes don’t last all that long, so you’ll be able to get through your training pretty quickly, even if you have a busy life that includes work, children and tons of other stuff. I mention that specifically here because many people think that taking their CNA classes on the internet is a great way to free up extra time, and it’s important to know that even if you can’t take your classes online, as long as you can make it through a couple of months, you’ll be done and won’t have to worry about any more time tied up with training.
So, there you have it—depending upon where you live, you might be able to take some of your certified nursing assistant courses online, but you can’t take all of your classes online as some would still need to be done in person (if your state allows CNAs to take some training or classes online). I hope this clears some things up for people who have been wondering this. And one last thing—make sure that you don’t buy into any hype of anyone telling you anything different because it’s simply not true! In order to become a CNA, you’ll need to complete some measure of in person class time, and that’s the bottom line!