Why Accreditation Matters, When Selecting a CNA Training Program to Enroll On

Mickey | Training | Friday, December 10th, 2010

It is a commonly given piece of advice, to people looking for CNA training programs to enroll on, to ensure that they only get into accredited programs. We are setting out to find out why such accreditation matters, when selecting a CNA training program to enroll in.

Now CNA training (or, in full, Certified Nursing Assistant training) makes the people who go through it ready to work as Certified Nursing Assistants. Strictly speaking, these are the people who actually ‘nurse’ the patients back to health – as the doctors and professional nurses are concerned with administration of medications and other tasks of a highly technical nature. Therefore, it can be submitted that the doctors and professional nurses (those being RNs and LPNs) are concerned with treatment work, whilst CNAs are left to do what would traditionally qualify to be termed as nursing work.

In a nutshell, accreditation matters when selecting a CNA training program to enroll on because, if you enroll for a CNA training program that doesn’t enjoy accreditation (by the state nursing board), you won’t qualify for a license. It is worth keeping in mind that to work in any capacity in the nursing field, you not only need to be qualified/certified, but also licensed. And it turns out that one of the conditions, for you to be licensed by the state nursing board, is that you need to have gone through a properly accredited nursing training program (in this case, a properly accredited CNA training program).

Ideally then, you shouldn’t go to the state nursing board when you have completed your CNA training and in search of a license to start practicing. Rather, you should make a point of visiting the state nursing board even before enrolling for the CNA training program, to ensure that it is well accredited, before proceeding.

Another supplementary benefit that you get, out of your decision to undergo accredited CNA training is that you would qualify for things like school grants and scholarships, which remain out of reach for people who undergo CNA training programs that are not properly accredited.

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