Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Education Required

Specific requirements for nursing assistants vary by state. Nursing assistants often need a state-issued license or certification. After completing an approved education program, nursing assistants often must pass a competency exam, which allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary by state. Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. They must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Career Setting

What is this job like?

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a healthcare professional who provides direct patient care under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs). CNAs work in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and home care. Click to explore more occupational details:

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)