Topics Covered In CNA Training Programs

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In traditional CNA Training programs, you will be given classroom instruction that involves grasping theory and laboratory understanding that closely ties in with clinical work that gives you the hands on experience used on the job.  Programs can vary slightly from how much emphasis is placed on a particular topic, but they will cover all of the same topics.  Below is a list that defines some of the topics your CNA course will cover:

  • Proper hygiene and infection control methods
  • Various patient safety techniques
  • Prevent and controlling infection for yourself and patients
  • Proper body mechanics to prevent injury, known as ergonomics
  • Proper and effective communication among patients and coworkers
  • Techniques for feeding patients of various illness and conditions
  • Common ailments among adults in long-term care facilities
  • Techniques for basic life support including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • Properly taking and recording patients’ vital signs
  • Office management including proper documentation and patient confidentiality
  • Correct technique for ambulating and moving patients
  • Techniques for handling children and special needs patients

Keep in mind that from state to state, there can be a variation on the duties a certified nursing assistant can perform.  With this in mind, depending on the state that you plan to become licensed, your program might include or omit various course topics.

Some federal laws do apply to CNA Training courses in regards to course length.  Every  program needs to have a minimum of 75 clinical and instruction hours.  Depending on the course and state, you may be required to complete more.  Most training programs do exceed the minimum because they are commonly deemed insufficient to meet proper safety levels of experience.   As a side note, Maine and California have the highest amount of required hours of instruction and clinical training with 180 for Maine, and 160 for California.

Most CNA Training programs will give you enough training by the end of the course that you will be successful in your new role.  You should not worry that your training is lacking because with the rigorous course work and clinical practice required for completion, you will be adept at handling patients and situations of any caliber.

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