According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an 30% increase until 2016 in the number of jobs for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) in Louisiana. In fact, CNAs in Louisiana earn anywhere betwwn $18,000 to $25,000 per year. Experienced CNAs earn even more. That being said, there is no better time than now to kickstart your career as a CNA.
The responsibilities of a CNA basically involve providing support and other patient services in healthcare settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, mental heath facilities, long term care facilities, and public health clinics.
But in order to become a CNA, you must first complete a minimum of 80 hours of CNA training classes in Louisiana. This 80 hours of training is subdivided into 40 hours of classroom instruction and 40 hours of clinical training . To qualify for CNA training, you must be 18 years old. Aside from that, you must submit a health check up record as well as a criminal background report.
Louisiana regions that offer the best CNA training classes are Lafayette, Kenner, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Gretna, Bossier City, and Shreveport. In general, the larger the population in the area, the higher the percentage of CNA positions available and the higher the salary offered. So depending on where you plan to take CNA training classes in Louisiana, the cost will be around $500.
One of the schools to be considered when looking for CNA training classes in Louisiana is the Advance Healthcare Institute (AHCI), which has over 30 years of experience in CNA training. Unlike other CNA programs in Louisiana, AHCI does not require any previous medical experience, a high school diploma, a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or any college credit. Aside from that, training classes only last for 2 weeks.
Other schools to consider include the following:
- Our Lady of the Lake College
- L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College
- Elaine P. Nunez Community College
- Sowela Technical Community College
- Cameron College
- Louisiana Technical College
- Delgado Community College
- River Parishes Community College
After completing the CNA training classes in Louisiana, you must take the certification exam, which will cost around $100, at any one of the test locations, which have been approved by the Louisiana Board of Nursing . The certification exam is made up of multiple test questions plus a skills portion wherein you will be performing 5 random skills. Once passed, your name will be included in the Louisiana Nurse Aide Registry.
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