While the training course required to become a Certified Nursing Assistant instructor varies by state, CNA instructor courses all teach basic medical and personal care instruction, the principles of adult learning, teaching methodologies and the particulars of teaching special needs students. CNA instructor courses also cover patients’ rights and patient communication skills. Also known as train-the-trainer courses, CNA instructor courses must also meet all federal requirements and may range from 15 to 25 hours in length.
A prerequisite for taking any CNA instructor course is to become a registered nurse, which requires two to four years of study and training in a state-approved nursing program. Students may complete an Associate degree program in nursing at a two-year community college or a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university. Registered nurse training covers classroom experiences, lectures on theoretical instruction, science courses, clinical rotations in various departments and nursing ethics.
In order to become a CNA instructor, most programs require practical, hands-on experience as an RN. Typically, an RN must work for at least two years before beginning a CNA instructor training course. Certified CNA instructors find jobs at community colleges, nursing care facilities, municipal health departments, vocational-technical centers and high schools.