Is The Idea of Taking CNA Training Online a Fallacy?

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!

What to Expect from Your CNA Classes

Starting school can be tough, especially college, and that in and of itself can make you nervous. The good news is that you don’t have to be! If you decide to take CNA classes, you’ll have to work hard just like you would in any other type of course. If you work hard, pay attention, and do your homework, the chances of you getting good grades will be as high as they can be.

Once you get registered for your classes, you can expect the first day to be somewhat of an orientation. You’ll get to know your instructor, and maybe learn some of the names of your classmates. The instructor will lay out a plan for how the rest of the class will go, and he or she will also let you know what is expected of you for the semester in terms of work, conduct, and any other protocols that you need to be aware of. With that said, you’ll probably also take a peek in some of your textbooks and lay out the plan for how those will be used during the classes as well.

In the following weeks, you’ll proceed to focus on the lecture portion of the class. This is the base knowledge that you need to work as a CNA. This includes everything from medical terminology to measurements, to other general and specific medical knowledge. You’ll probably have some quizzes and tests during this portion, as well as homework that needs to be completed. Once you’re done with the lecture portion, you will likely move onto the skills portion of the class. This is the part where you’ll learn all of your hands-on skills like how to move or transport patients, how to take medical measurements, and anything else that involves a physical skills.

When you are done with those parts of the class, you’ll move onto the practice tests, and after that you’ll graduate from the class. Because it’s a short class, you won’t have a large formal graduation, but your instructor may have something planned. At this point, you’ll be spending a lot of your time studying for the state CNA exam (which hopefully your classes prepared you for). One final important thing to remember is that if you have any questions of things that you don’t understand while you are going through your class, it’s important to ask them because you need to make sure that you are totally prepared for the state test and have all of the correct information. One last thing to keep in mind is that everything you read here is for informational purposes only, and isn’t to be taken as advice. What you experience at a school may be different than what’s mentioned here due to a variety of factors.

How Much Money Does a CNA Typically Make?

A lot of people who are thinking about going to school to become a CNA are wondering how much money a CNA can make, and they are also probably wondering how this compares to an RN salary. Well, the honest truth is that CNAs make substantially less money than RNs, but they are also in school for a much shorter amount of time, and on top of that, their tuition costs substantially less. So, which one is right for you? Well, that is a personal decision, but most people find that becoming a CNA first is a great way to try the nursing profession out and see if they like if before committing to actually spending all the time and money required to become a registered nurse.

When working full time, RNs typically make almost $70K per year according the BLS, and some might even more than that if they work in surgery or in another specialty. With that said, CNAs typically earn around $14 per hour, but again, this can vary depending upon the part of the country that you live in because people who live in rural areas generally tend to make less money than people who live in more populated areas. This is primarily because the cost of living is higher in more populated areas when compared to rural areas.

CNAs do make less money than RNs, and quite a bit less, but they also spend a lot less money on their tuition, and a lot less time in school. So, when you’re trying to decide on which career choice is right for you, it’s best if you can weigh the long term options, and then try to make a good choice that feels like a good decision to you. Keep in mind that no matter what you do, if you are truly unhappy you can always change careers too.

Becoming a CNA First: A Quick and Easy Way to Find Out if You Like Nursing

There are a lot of people considering a career in nursing that really aren’t sure if it’s something that they are going to like, yet they are spending tons of time and money in order to go to school—all for something that they could very well end up hating, and looking back they might have a ton of regrets. So, how can this be avoided? Well, one way to avoid that happening is to become a CNA first, before you spend all the time and money to become an RN.

If you don’t quite understand what I mean here, that’s OK because I am about to explain. Nursing school (the kind that you need to go to in order to be an RN) takes a long time, and it’s also very expensive. You’ll have to be in school for at least 2 years, and 4 if you want a bachelor’s degree, and even more if you want a master’s degree. In contrast, becoming a CNA only takes a couple of months. In addition to taking less time, it only takes about $500 on average to complete your CNA certification courses. In contrast, if takes thousands and thousands of dollars to earn an RN degree. So, when you think about that, it’s obvious why it is a good choice to become a CNA first and see if you like it.

So, that’s the bottom line of that problem—it’s much easier, and cheaper to become a CNA first if you aren’t sure if it’s something you want to do. If you are sure, then by all means, go ahead and jump into being an RN, but for most people who are on the fence, this is a much better idea.

Is a Medical Career Is a Good Choice?

Like many people, you’ve probably considered a medical career (nursing, phlebotomy, CNA, etc) at one point or another. If fact, you’re probably reading this post on by blog because you are thinking about pursuing education for one of these things. The truth is that they are all very good career choices, but you have to make sure that they are the right choice for you specifically. So, how do you do this? Well, it’s easier than you think, but it does require a little effort on your part.

First of all, you have to take some time to reflect on your own thoughts and feelings. Generally speaking, people who are the most successful in medical careers aren’t people go get into them because they like science, or because they like the money—they are people who get into them because they truly care about others, and they enjoy helping people. If you aren’t someone that fits this description, then one of these careers might not be the best choice for you.

In addition to that, you also need to be someone who is flexible, and handles stress well. If you don’t handle stress well, and are an inflexible person, then you might not do very well in one of these careers, and if that’s the case, then that’s OK, and nothing to be ashamed of. It’s far better to admit that you’re someone who isn’t able to handle the stress as well as another, or doesn’t prefer to work with patients than to go ahead and work in a career that you don’t like and end up miserable and making your patients miserable as well. So, the bottom line is—take some time, think about what kind of person you are, and your strengths and weaknesses, and then decide if a medical career is a good plan to follow.