One of the best ways to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) is by undergoing the American Red Cross CNA Training programme. The Red Cross can provide you with an official CNA certification and the training is available across 36 cities. The classes follow a nationally-recognized Certified Nursing Assistant curriculum. The number of course hours will vary according to the state and as such clinical requirements may be longer or shorter in a particular state.
For the Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) course participant, successful course completion requires full participation in classroom and skill sessions, as well as successful performance in skill and knowledge evaluations. Due to the nature of the skills in this program, participants may be participating in strenuous activities. If you have a medical condition or disability that may prevent you from taking part in a skill session, or if you have any questions about your ability to participate fully in this course, discuss them with your health-care provider and the appropriate person at the Red Cross chapter before you start your course.
The examination consists of two parts, the Skills Test and the Written Test. The entire exam can be completed in one day and takes approximately 5 1/2 hours. The participant must successfully pass the Skills Test before taking the Written Test. The applicant is notified of the test results on the same day, and upon passing will receive the State Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification shortly thereafter.
The following are minimum requirements for all Red Cross C.N.A. participants:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Cannot have any felony convictions within the last 7 years
- Must be free of all communicable diseases
- Cannot be pregnant
*Only in the event that your TB screening and/or background check does not clear, you will be able to receive a refund of your payment less the $35 screening fee. Once you have registered, the $35 screening fee is non-refundable
While enrolled in the program, all participants must:
- Arrive on time.
- Attend all classes, only 6 missed hours permitted, all missed hours must be made up.
- Pass final test with score of 80% or higher.
- Please note that you will be responsible for transportation to both the classroom and clinical site.
- Wear comfortable clothing. (Some classes involve kneeling and lying on the floor.)
Returning C.N.A. testing only: Payment in full is due 1 week prior to the date of the state exam. We are sorry, but refunds are not available. Fee for testing only is $100.
The Red Cross CNA class is ideal because it helps encourage nursing assistants to become nurses and it helps provide more time for nurses to focus on their primary responsibilities.
Find out more about CNA Red Cross Classes by visiting the official American Red Cross website.