Students can take free CNA training courses online or through training programs offered by employers in the health care industry. The American Red Cross also offers free CNA training in some local offices.
A CNA training program prepares a student for the CNA examination that tests competency in both knowledge and practical skills. CNAs are typically better paid than noncertified medical assistants because their certification is state-approved. Working as a CNA can provide opportunities to advance in the nursing field to become an LPN or RN. Typical duties of a CNA include administering medicine and treatments, cleaning patient rooms, documenting and reporting patient conditions and other duties assigned by a supervising nurse or doctor.