What is involved in the Red Cross CNA program?


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The American Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program requires a high school diploma, GED or TABE, completion of an orientation program, criminal background check, physical form, TB test, completion of the Red Cross training and a state competency test. Individual states may also have additional requirements, in addition to the general requirements from the American Red Cross.

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The American Red Cross Nursing Assistant Training program offers day courses that teach hands-on experience to students interested in employment in the nursing field as a CNA. Courses are typically offered during the day at locations accessible to public transportation. Class sizes are small and classes are taught by licensed nursing instructors. The program lasts between 4 to 8 weeks. Students can enroll in the program at their nearest American Red Cross chapter.

There are two parts of the American Red Cross program: theory, which is taught in the classroom, and clinical, which takes place in a health care facility. Coursework includes The Art of Caregiving, Providing Care, Promoting Safety and Special Care Instructions. Students will learn about infection control, range of motion exercises and how to take a patient's vital signs. Students also have the opportunity to become certified in CPR, Automated External Defibrillator, or AED and first aid. Red Cross provides all necessary textbooks, study guides, handbooks and skill supplies for the program.

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