Bo recommends the following next steps:
- Here are the steps you will need to take to obtain your license. Complete an Approved Training Program. Your first step will be to complete an approved CNA program. ... Submit Your Application. ... Submit Your Fingerprint. ... Pay Processing Fees. ... Pass the Certification Exam. ... Alternative CNA Licensing Paths.
- 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.
- Compared to other health care training, the cost of becoming a CNA is quite reasonable. The average cost of a CNA program is about $1,300. To be certified, you'll spend about $125 for the examination and $50 to register with your state and get proof of certification.
- According to the PayScale survey, CNAs earned hourly wages at hospitals that ranged from $9.89 to $12.84 in April 2011. The survey shows they earned wages that ranged from $9.54 to $12.14 per hour at nursing care facilities. The overall salary range for CNAs cited in the survey is $19,599 to $26,475.