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Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in Delaware
There has never been a better time to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in Delaware. Throughout the United States of America, there is a growing demand for qualified CNAs as the healthcare industry grows. Certified Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of nurses to provide basic care for patients in hospitals, assisted living facilities, clinics and other healthcare establishments. The job of the CNA is at the same time rewarding, demanding and fulfilling. It is a job suited to anyone who cares about the wellbeing of others. Tasks that a CNA commonly undertakes include bathing, feeding and dressing patients, whilst offering emotional support and providing general care for those who are unable to care for themselves.
To become a CNA, or nursing aide or orderly as they are sometimes known, one must first take part in a Certified Nursing Assistant class, of which there are many available in Delaware. These courses can be taken in community colleges, high schools, health facilities and other educational establishments, often in partnership with companies. It is not difficult to find an approved Certified Nursing Assistant program to enroll in, but it is important to choose the right one. Classes vary in a variety of factors. Some of the most in-depth programs can last up to 6 months, but there are quick-route courses available which last only 4 weeks. In Delaware, the minimum course duration in hours is 150. This is considerably higher than the federal minimum, which is 75 hours. What this means is that any student qualifying as a CNA in Delaware is likely to be better equipped in knowledge and skills than those graduating from many other states.
In most state-approved Certified Nursing Assistant classes in Delaware, students undergo roughly equal proportions of classroom learning and clinical training. The former typically involves 75 hours of knowledge gaining and learning, while the latter involves 75 hours of clinical instruction to ensure that students acquire proper hands-on experience and graduate with job readiness. After successful completion of a CNA training course, students are eligible to sit the state certificate exam. Passing this allows them to become a fully certified nurse aide.
In Delaware, there are also a number of advanced educational programs available for those who already have relevant nursing qualifications. The state aims to make it as easy as possible for anyone who wants to care, and who is skilled in care, to work in care, but it is fundamental that any Certified Nursing Assistant has proved their capabilities and suitability. There is a Senior Certified Nursing Assistant program, which requires students to have at least 3 previous years of working experience as a nursing assistant before enrollment. This course was created as an incentive for Certified Nursing Assistants to increase their knowledge and skills, so that they might remain in the healthcare field for a long time. The total duration of the Senior CNA course is around 54 hours.
To work as a CNA in Delaware, you need to renew your registration every 2 years. This simply requires that the CNA has worked as a nursing assistant for at least 64 hours in the past 2 years. So, if in a 2 year period you have worked less than this, you need to retake the competency evaluation to gain certification. The vast majority of CNAs work full time throughout the year, however, so renewal causes no issues. There is no fee for certification renewal, so once you qualify as a CNA your working costs are likely to be very little. If you’re a prospective student considering enrolling with a Certified Nursing Assistant class, the only fees you need to be concerned with are the tuition costs. These vary from $250 to $1000 depending on the intensity of the program and also on whether any additional certification is awarded. However, students who have paid for their own tuition are eligible for reimbursement if they become employed by a nursing home within a year of their successful exam completion.
Here is a list of some of the approved Certified Nursing Assistant classes on offer in Delaware:
• Dover CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT Programs, Delaware Technical Community College
• Georgetown CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT Programs, Delaware Technical Community College
• Newark CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT Programs, Delaware Technical Community College
• Wilmington CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT Programs, Delcastle Technical High School & Delaware Skills Center
• CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT Program, Sussex Technical High School