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How long did it take to get your CNA?

How long did it take? Is it worth it? Would you do it for the rest of your life?

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Generally, most certified nursing assistant programs take between four and 12 weeks. This is broken into contact hours and clinic practice. State-approved programs offer a minimum of 75 hours of classroom instruction and clinical training. 

As an example of tuition and fees, American Career College’s medical assistant program runs about $17,000 for a nine-month program. An accelerated program totals about $13,000.

If you’re interested in earning a two-year associate’s degree, tuition can double compared to a diploma program, but you’ll be also be eligible to work as an RN, which offers better opportunities for higher compensation and greater responsibility.

Job satisfaction among nursing assistants as well as nurses is generally high because these career paths offer you a chance to help people every day, while also earning a living in a stable field.