South-West Medical Academy

Certified Nursing Assistance

A Certified Nursing Assistant helps patients with direct health care needs, often under the supervision of a nurse. Certified nursing assistants may also be called nursing assistants, nurse’s aid, or patient care assistants.

Role of a CNA

A CNA or Certified Nursing Assistant is an important position in any hospital setting. CNAs have many responsibilities that make them an integral part of the patient process in healthcare. While being a CNA is often considered an entry-level position, it is a great stepping stone to other healthcare professions. Being a CNA can help prepare you for nursing or healthcare management work in many ways, and is a fantastic place to start your career. 

Field of Responsibility

CNAs work directly with patients and nurses, helping with the many physical and complex tasks for patient care. Some of their responsibilities include:

  • Turning or moving patients
  • Gathering medical supplies
  • Bathing patients
  • Grooming patients by brushing their hair, teeth, shaving them, etc.
  • Feeding patients and documenting their food and liquid intake
  • Checking vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate
  • Answering patient calls
  • Documenting information
  • Cleaning rooms and bed linens
  • Stocking supplies
  • Assisting with some medical procedures
  • Safety procedures
  • Transporting patients
  • Taking care of wounds

Work Environment

CNAs can be found in all kinds of healthcare settings including:
• Hospitals
• Long-term residential facilities
• Nursing homes
• Rehabilitation centers
• Adult daycare centers

Career Opportunities

While becoming a CNA is a great job opportunity in and of itself, for many, a CNA role is a stepping stone toward a career in nursing or other healthcare areas. Those interested in a healthcare career may start out as a CNA to make sure they enjoy patient care, and to start learning how to interact with patients. 

For those who start out as a CNA and really enjoy working with patients, their work as a CNA will help them gain practical skills and experience, preparing them to become a nurse. Work as a CNA will help professionals gain experience working with patients and performing some medical procedures. 

On average CNAs earn an hourly salary of around $16.04. This translates to an average annual salary of around $33,371 per year. This is an entry-level position and is often ideal for those just starting out working or those considering a future in nursing. The location where you work will play a large role in how much money you will make as well. 

Why SW Medical Academy?

Our program focuses solely on the skills needed as a Certified Nursing assistant, making it one of the most affordable programs in the area, and is designed to be valuable, accessible, and flexible for all students. With online learning mixed with in-person simulation coursework and rotations, this type of learning environment allows for a better fit with your schedule and aspirations.

Tuition Fee: $580

Certified Nursing Assistant Programs at SW Medical Academy

Certified Nursing Assistant Program (In-Person)

Duration: 6-Weeks Program Only (2 days a week)
Registration Fee: $200
Time: All clinical times will be 8:30am-4:30pm
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