CNA Prep Course
- ONLINE CNA TRAINING PREP COURSE — For those Study at Home Students. (Some Limitations Apply.)
- Day & Evening Time Classes
- Unlimited Free Review and Practice for State Board Exam Upon Course Completion
- Multi-lingual Lecturers
- 1–3 Weeks
What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?
A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, helps patients with activities of daily living and other healthcare needs under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). CNAs are also commonly referred to as a Nursing Assistant or a Nurse’s Aid.
Some individuals will use their knowledge as a CNA to bridge the gap to further their career and become an LPN or RN. Interestingly, a large number of CNAs are already in a nursing school program and use this career as a chance to learn more about the healthcare world and gain additional real world application and knowledge. Others become CNAs in order to determine if they want to continue to the next step in their healthcare journey.
What Does a CNA do?
CNAs can help a unit run smoothly, especially for those nurses who have multiple medically complex patients. Responsibilities of a CNA include but are not limited to:
- Turning or repositioning patients
- Gathering supplies for the RN or MD
- Obtaining vital signs per protocol
- Answering patient calls/bells
- Bathing patients
- Documentation of information obtained
- Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake
- Combing hair, shaving, caring for nails, and brushing teeth
- Cleaning rooms and bed linens
- Stock supplies
- Prepare rooms for admissions
- Helping with medical procedures
- Dressing wounds
- Assisting patients with elimination
Direct responsibilities will vary based on the location of employment and ultimately the nurses level of need. CNA duties are determined by individual states, and it is up to the individual to ensure they are following state guidelines and not performing duties outside the scope of practice.
CNAs can work in an inpatient hospital setting but are more commonly found in long-term residential facilities, rehabilitation centers, and adult day care centers. They are rarely employed in outpatient office/clinic settings. These facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a liaison between the nurse and the patient.
Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, there were approximately 1.4 million employed as certified nursing assistants. Nursing care facilities employed the greatest number of nursing assistants (37%), while only 4% currently work in home health care.
What Qualities Should a CNA Possess?
CNAs first and foremost must enjoy interacting with people on a daily basis in order to find enjoyment and fulfillment in this career. Other attributes should include:
- Advanced communication skills
- Time management
- Physical Strength
What is the Salary Range for CNAs?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median average annual salary for certified nursing assistants in 2016 was $26,590. It is important to note that this does vary depending on the setting. CNAs working in a government setting such as a VA hospital earned the highest median pay at $37,450, while home health care services have the lowest median pay at $25,590.
Nursing assistants can work on a variety of schedules that vary greatly based on the needs of the employer. Some work a variety of shifts throughout the course of the week while others have a set schedule and earn an annual salary. Those paid on an hourly scale are able to earn overtime pay whereas salary employees would need to discuss that with the hiring committee. An individual’s earning potential is determined by the needs of the hospital and the offer contract.
Through lecture, discussion, testing, online aids, hands-on practice, the prepping process, and clinical lab experience, the nursing assistant review program provides students with both the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills (hands-on) training and experience needed to take the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.
We have an Excellent State Board Exam Pass Rate.
Class Schedule & Length
- Monday–Thursday (9am–3pm), 4 weeks (95 hours)
- Monday–Thursday (6pm–10pm), 5.5 weeks (95 hours)
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Patient Care Technician (PCT) / Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
As a Patient Care Technician (PCT), you will have daily hands-on experiences with patients by helping them with procedures such as taking vital signs, performing electrocardiography (ECG), blood draws, hemodialysis, and other needs.
You’ll work in settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, dialysis facilities, and home health care agencies.
Because PCTs work with patients on a daily basis, they need to have solid communication skills and be empathetic and attentive to patient needs.
While in school, the PCT training program will teach you the job duties and responsibilities of:
- Drawing blood
- Performing catheterizations
- Removing sutures and staples
- Managing wound care
- Administering ECGs
- Operating dialysis equipment and performing treatment procedures
- Performing emergency room skills (splints, immobilizations, nasogastric tube removal)
- Inserting intravenous saline locks
Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
Phlebotomists are clinical technicians who specialize in drawing blood from patients and blood donors. Educational requirements for phlebotomists vary by state, but a training program and certification are preferred.
Phlebotomy technicians draw blood for testing in hospital and laboratory settings. In addition to the drawing blood, phlebotomists perform related tasks such as talking to patients, sterilizing instruments, and filing reports.
The main role of a phlebotomist is to draw blood for the purpose of testing or transfusion. The blood is taken by inserting a tube or needle into a vein (a process called venipuncture) and collected into special tubes or bags. Pricking a finger can be used when only a small amount of blood is needed. Babies can have blood drawn from the heel.
Handling Specimens and Equipment
Phlebotomists are in charge of the equipment they use, and they must prepare supplies of gauze, alcohol, and tourniquets. They also make sure that blood collection tubes and needles are sterile prior to use. Phlebotomists learn to use aseptic technique to prevent cross contamination while taking blood samples, which protects both the patient and the validity of the sample. The phlebotomist must use gloves and other precautions, such as safe biohazard disposal boxes for needles, to avoid being exposed to infected blood.
After collection, phlebotomists must label and store the blood specimens. Some draws may need to be done remotely, so the phlebotomist will transport the specimens back to the hospital or lab.
Strong communication skills are vital to the role of a phlebotomist. Patients can often be apprehensive about having blood drawn, and some may have a fear of blood or needles. A phlebotomist needs to be able to keep a patient calm and explain the drawing procedure in clear terms. In addition, phlebotomists are in constant communication with doctors, nurses, and other lab technicians. They keep written records of procedures and talk to doctors about appointments and test results.
Phlebotomy technician programs are typically offered at the certificate level and take one semester to complete. Applicants may need to have a high school background in math and science subjects. In phlebotomy programs, students often take classroom-based courses as well as complete clinical training in a medical setting. Topics of study can include anatomy and physiology, CPR, first aid, safety procedures, venipuncture, centrifuging, and dermal techniques.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that there would be a 27% increase in employment of phlebotomists between 2012 and 2022. As of 2014, the 10th-90th percentile of phlebotomists made between $22,150 and $43,800, and the median annual wage for phlebotomists was $30,670, also listed by the BLS.
EKG Technician (CET)
EKG Technicians administer a variety of cardiovascular tests, including the electrocardiogram (EKG), which measures the electrical activity of your heart through small electrodes. The EKG records your heart’s activity as a graph of lines, with spikes and dips known as waves. It provides doctors with important information about the health of your heart.
EKGs can reveal evidence of a heart attack or heart disease. They can also give clues about heart birth defects, problems with your heart valves, muscles and pericardial sacs, irregular heartbeats, artery blockages, and heart failure. One of the jobs of an EKG technician is to administer this vital test. EKG techs may also instruct patients on use of the Holter monitor, which is a portable version of the EKG. And EKG technicians with advanced training may administer “stress tests,” which involve testing patients while they use a treadmill.
Once the tests are administered, EKG technicians edit the data and highlight anomalies and areas of concern. They present it all to the presiding physicians so the doctors can interpret the information. Techs may also need to transcribe the doctor’s notes so that the healthcare team can do all that is necessary to provide excellent patient care and treatment.
EKG techs have a lot of direct patient interaction. They make appointments and explain procedures. They also prepare patients for their tests and keep them as calm as possible during the procedures so the results are as accurate as they can be.
The career of an EKG technician is only one of thousands in the trillion-dollar healthcare industry, if you’d like to find rewarding work helping others.