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Before we get into the basic technicalities of getting your CNA certification, let’s be clear about one really important thing: A CNA, or Certified Nursing Assistant, is a special individual with a big heart and a desire to help those in need of medical help and attention. They work under the supervision of a nurse, providing care to patients in nursing homes, hospitals and similar facilities.

If that doesn’t sound like you, please do find another job that interests you more. CNA roles can be quite well paid – but are very rarely easy and are always a poor match for people without dedication and a desire to make a difference.

Good, I’m glad to have got that off my chest!

Seriously, working as a CNA will leave you fulfilled and feeling privileged to have made such an impact on the lives of so many. Every single day you work directly with patients and can build lasting relationships. It’s a great feeling.

However, you’ll first need to earn CNA certification. Certification is available in all 50 states, with various locations providing the required training throughout many different cities.