Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are responsible for the caring of patients, they work in correspondence with a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). CNAs work in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, retirement facilities, etc.
In order to become a CNA, you must first attend a certified CNA training class, take the CNA certification exam, and then get listed in the Nurse Aide Registry.
Accredited CNA training classes in Oklahoma are available in vocational schools, community colleges, and other institutions all over the state. Classes may take up to 72 hours, 16 hours of which must be allocated to supervised clinical training. Topics covered during training include anatomy, physiology, basic nursing theories and practice, nutrition, patient rights, and infection control. CNA training classes in Oklahoma can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000. Requirements for attending include a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), a background check, and a health screening. You must also be, at least, 18 years old in order to qualify for CNA training classes in Oklahoma.
Some of the accredited local programs which have been approved by the Oklahoma State Department of health, are the following:
- Autry Technology
- Baptist Village of Hugo
- Blue Cliff College
- Brown Mackie College
- Caddo Kiowa Technology
- National American University
- Platt College Oklahoma
- Vatterott College
- Virginia College
- Wichita Technical institute
The Oklahoma government is not oblivious to the fact that CNA training classes in Oklahoma can be quite expensive. It is for this reason that the state of Oklahoma offers free CNA programs for interested individuals. Free CNA training classes are also offered by some hospitals and nursing homes in Oklahoma.
The CNA certification exam can be taken in 3 hours. In order to pass the CNA certification exam, you must obtain a score of at least 70% for the written part and at least 80% for the skills part.
The annual salary of CNAs in Oklahoma ranges from $19,000 to $35,000, depending on the location and, of course, the experience. Aside from that, CNAs can avail of several benefits, such as paid vacation time, health insurance coverage, and retirement assistance. And similar to other U.S. states, the demand for CNAs is expected to increase at 17% per year, until 2016.