Does Being a CNA Require a GED?

by Elena

There are a lot of people out there that are looking for a rewarding career in healthcare but, because of circumstances beyond their control, weren’t able to finish high school or get their GED.

The good news is that most CNA courses do not require you to have a GED in order to take the training and gain access to employment. Some states may require a GED or equivalent, and you will have to check to make sure your state doesn’t. You can do this by contacting the Nurse Aid Registry to see what your state’s requirements are.

If your state is not one of the states that requires a GED, then you can move on to finding a course that you can take to become CNA certified. You will notice that most courses will require you to have, at the least, a basic understanding of math and English along with the ability to read and write. You are also going to need to be at least 18 years or older in order to take any CNA courses that are offered. In addition, you’ll need to be physically capable of doing the jobs that a CNA has to do on a daily basis.

Having a GED will make things easier on you when it comes to your training. It will also make it easier for you to further your career into a nursing field such as an RN or LPN position. These nursing positions do require a GED or high school diploma, and you cannot take the training until you have taken care of that. If that is the route that you are hoping to take, then you should probably take care of the GED issue before you start taking your CNA classes.

If you are taking these classes through a college or technical school, you could end up being there for upwards of 2 years. If you find a facility that is willing to work with you, though, you can usually get the courses taken care of within 6 to 8 weeks. Also, with on the job training you are making money while you learn. You will have to check with any facilities in your area to see what their requirements are.

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