To start a career in Massachusetts as a certified nursing assistant, you will need to complete the certification process. This can be done by attending a nursing assistant training course and then passing the exam for certification. Training programs are offered at many long-term care facilities, colleges and even some branches of the Red Cross. The salary for nursing assistants can range up to about $29,000 each year. To qualify to sit for the certification exam, the course you attend will need to be approved by the state.
In order for a nursing assistant program to be approved in Massachusetts, it must cover at least 75 hours of instruction. Programs must have clinical instruction in addition to the classroom instruction. Training courses are usually on for 3-8 weeks. Of course some programs are more extensive or offered on a more part-time basis and therefore take longer. You can start a rewarding career by training to work as a certified nursing assistant. If you find that you enjoy working in the healthcare industry, you might someday decide to further your career to become a nurse or some other type of healthcare provider. When you are working as a nursing assistant, you will need to complete some continuing education credits each year and renew your certification ever two years.
Red Cross CNA Classes
One of the best places to get your CNA Certification is through the Red Cross. They have the best teachers and very well equipped classroom and hands on skills programs. Their courses are usually expensive but they have a very high passing rate and you have a better chance of getting a good job if the employer sees that you have studied at a Red Cross facility and successfully finished your course. Once you finish a course at Red Cross you are then eligible to take your competency exam and once done with that you can work in any long-term health care facilities.
The CNA course includes 2 more necessary and useful courses bundled into one which is HHA (home health aide) and CPR Training. Once you finish your course you receive a certificate for each of the 3 courses completed. The total course length is 126 hours.
There are a few requirements that you have to follow before you can join in a class:
The individuals must be a minimum of 16 years of age, can read and write and understand Basic English and have some basic knowledge in mathematics. You will have to bring in a TB test result and a valid ID Card. The candidate must be healthy enough to carry out all the duties required by him/ her. These are standard requirements that most colleges follow before admission.
The total cost of the Course is $1,250 which includes reading materials and tuition fees. For more details you can go to one of their offices or you can call 508-595-3700.
American Red Cross Nursing Assistant Training / Home Health Aide Training – Worcester
2000 Century Drive, Worcester, Massachusetts 01606
American Red Cross CNA Training Course – Leominster
29 Main Street, Leominster, Massachusetts 01453
American Red Cross CNA Certification Training – Springfield
506 Cottage Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01104
American Red Cross CNA Training / HHA – Northampton
125 State Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
American Red Cross Nurse Aide Program – Pittsfield
480 West Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
American Red Cross Nursing Assistant Training Centre – Westfield
48 Broad Street, Westfield, Massachusetts 01085
Community Action Inc. CNA Course – Haverhill
145 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA 01832
Health Care Training Services (HCTS) Nurse Aide Class – Fall River
657 Quarry Street, Fall River, Massachusetts 02723
Bunker Hill Community College CNA School – Boston
250 New Rutherford Ave, Boston, MA 02129
Cape Cod Community College CNA Certification Course – West Barnstable
2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, Massachusetts 02668
Springfield Technical Community College CNA Certification Centre
One Armory Square, Suite 1, Springfield, MA 01102
North-Shore Community College Nursing Assistant Course – Danvers
1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, Massachusetts 01923
Bristol Community College CNA Training Class – Fall River
777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA 02720
Bristol Community College CNA School – New Bedford
188 Union Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
Bristol Community College CNA Class – Attleboro
135 County Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
American Red Cross CNA Training Class – Cambridge Headquarters, Central
139 Main Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
American Red Cross CNA Certification Program – North, Peabody
85 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960
American Red Cross Certified Nursing Program – North, Melrose
786 Main Street, Melrose, Massachusetts 02176
American Red Cross CNA Training Cours – South, Quincy
1495 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169
American Red Cross CNA Centre – MetroWest, Waltham
863-867 Main Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
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