How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor

Experience with geriatric patients is required in most states for a CNA instructor license.
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A career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) instructor gives your career versatility and flexibility. It combines your natural love of helping geriatric adults with your passion to help others become the best CNAs. To become a CNA instructor, you will need to complete several steps. These steps include completing your Registered Nurse (RN) license, gaining the requisite experience, passing an instruction course and obtaining your CNA instructor license. At the end of that road lies a long and rewarding career.

Step 1

Obtain your license as an RN; you'll need to sit for and successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination. The exam costs $200. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing offers preparation materials on its website for the NCLEX-RN, including a framework for how the test will look. Study this thoroughly before you take your exam, as it will help you to avoid costly repeat examinations.

Step 2

Apply to jobs offering relevant experience. Many states require at least two years of experience working with geriatric adults after you have received your RN license. Long-term care facilities are a good place to get the needed experience, or other jobs where you offer long-term assistance to geriatric adults.

Step 3

Pass the CNA Instructor training course. This course is required to become a CNA instructor. These courses are often offered through local community colleges and sometimes through nursing facilities. The courses are between fifteen and twenty hours, and usually completed within a week. The costs may vary depending on your location, but many of the training courses cost approximately $500.

Step 4

Apply for your CNA license. You will need to submit your application and fee to the nursing board of your state. While costs may vary, the application fee in many states, including Nevada, is $100. Keep in mind that you typically must have no complaints or disciplinary or administrative actions pending against your RN license at the time of application. Your state may also require you submit to a background check. Submit all of your materials at the same time, as this can speed up your licensing by making things easier on the licensing office.

Step 5

Search for CNA Instructor jobs. If you wish to work locally, consult your local long-term care and other assisted living facilities. Network with other CNAs to discover job opportunities, and contact your current and former employers to see if they know of openings in the area you desire to work. You may also search specific websites, such as Health Career Web, to search for positions and apply for them online.

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