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Is it Possible to Take Your CNA Training Online?

The utilization of online learning is growing rapidly in the United States. For people thinking about starting a CNA program, the idea of taking their training online may sound too good to be true. It’s tough to know whether or not this is actually possibly, and all of the ads that you see online and on TV make it seem like it’s super easy to do—but is that really the truth? Well, it is true, but only to a certain extent. Let’s take some time to look at the reason behind what’s true and what isn’t.

To start with, you can actually take your CNA courses online, this is 100% true. But what many ads don’t tell you is that you can’t take ALL of it online. That’s the kicker, and it’s what some people have a hard time understanding. The reason you can take all of your training online is because the internet isn’t a good medium for conveying all of the knowledge. For example, you can’t learn how to manipulate someone’s arm properly in order to take blood pressure, or how to move a patient without hurting them. You just can’t figure these things out online no matter how many videos you watch—these are things that need to be done in person, and there’s no way around that. In fact, some states don’t even allow you to take any of your training online.

For example, in Kansas, you can take the lecture portion of your classes online, but you need to do the labs and clinical in person. The lecture portion is basically the “book learning” portion of the class, and that’s where you gather knowledge from the textbook, take quizzes, and things like that. It’s ok to do these things online because you aren’t learning any physical skills. However, even in Kansas, you’ll still need to report to a classroom to learn and practice the rest of the skills. You’ll also have to report to a testing facility in person when you take your state CNA test. As mentioned earlier, it’s very important to keep in mind that not all states allow you to take online CNA training, and you need to check with the department of health and human services in your state to see what the rules are where you live. If you’re interested in taking your class online, and you’re lucky, you might be able to go ahead and sign up for an online/in person combination class where you can do the lecture course work at your convenience and then attend class for the physical skills. Again, you have to check this out with your state in order to get the correct information. So take the time to find out, and you may be fortunate enough to live in a state where this is an option for you!

Does Nursing Pay Well Compared to Other Careers?

One of the most common questions that anyone has when starting a new career is: how much money will I make? This is a fair question, and something that’s important to consider. It’s definitely not a wise idea to get into a career without knowing first how much money you’ll make. If you were to do that, you could end up wasting time and money on school, only to find out that you aren’t going to be able to earn enough money. So, how do you avoid that? It’s simple actually…you just do a little research beforehand to find out exactly what people in your chosen profession (nursing and certified nursing assistants in this case) actually make. It’s also a good idea to look at an average number, because some people will make more, and some people will make less. This especially depends on where you live (in a rural area vs the city) and some other factors like previous work experience.

Generally speaking, RNs make much more than CNAs, but part of the reason for that is because their jobs entail more responsibilities, and they have to be in school much longer. On average, CNAs can expect to make around $10-$14 per hours, where RNs can expect to make nearly double that amount. Again, this pay rate is related to the amount of time that they spend in school, as well as the job duties. Nurses generally have more difficult and complex job duties compared to CNAs, and so it makes sense that they should be paid more.

This doesn’t mean that CNAs make low pay, in fact, nothing could be more untrue. Actually, for the short amount of time that they are in school, certified nursing assistants are actually paid very well. The rates can vary though depending upon what type of facility you’re working in. For example, if you’re working in a group home or state-sponsored nursing home, you might be making less per hour than if you’re working for a private company that has more funds at their disposal. The same holds true for an RN who is working in a county hospital vs a private practice setting. Obviously in that example the nurse working in private practice would be earning much more because the doctors are billing the patients for more expensive services.

Whether you choose to be a CNA or an RN, you can expect to make a good, competitive wage and earn more than if you were working in a job that didn’t require education. In fact, most people in the medical industry consider their jobs to be very well paying, and the salaries in general for nursing and the medical industry overall tend to be on the higher end in terms of overall careers.