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Is It Possible to Take CNA Training Online?

The answer to this question is: it depends. First of all, it depends upon where you live and what the rules are in your state regarding online CNA training and online training for other fields too. Some states may allow a person to take some of their classes online, while other states may not allow students to take ANY of their classes online. No matter what you read anywhere, there is no state that allows a person to take 100% of their CNA training online.

This is really important to understand, because there may be some websites or advertisements that provide misleading information, making a person think they can simply go through all of their schooling to become a CNA online, and this simply isn't true. There are physical skills that a person needs to learn in order to work with patients and this type of thing needs to be taught in person. Think about this-would you want a person attending to your health care needs who had never actually practiced helping a person before in real life? Of course not! The internet is an amazing tool, but there are still some things that need to be done in person.

With that said, some schools may offer CNA classes online but will typically also require students to appear in person to take some of their classes and to learn the physical skills. Again, this makes sense because there isn't another way to learn some of the necessary hands-on skills that a CNA needs to know.


The Pros and Cons of Online CNA Courses

If you happen to live in a state that allows you to take CNA classes online, then you have a choice to make in terms of whether to take some of your training online or whether to take all of your training in-person. This is a highly individual choice, and it's not something that anyone else can answer for you, no matter what. You need to decide what's best for you, what fits your schedule, and how you learn best.

Some people may find that taking online CNA training may actually be more difficult that taking in-person courses. This may be because some people just learn better when they can immediately ask questions of an instructor and when they are in a classroom environment. Not everyone is good at independent learning, and that's a big part of online learning. Online classes tend to be best for people who learn well independently, are good at pacing themselves, and can stay on track without much supervision. Again, this is a highly personal decision and one that you need to make for yourself. The main thing to understand here is that online courses, while they work for some people, are not a good fit for everyone due to the various learning styles among individuals. However, for someone who likes to learn on their own and is good with meeting deadlines independently, online classes may be a good fit.

One of the things that people tend to enjoy about online classes is that they may work better for people with non-traditional schedules. For example, if a person works a full-time job or even part time, online courses may allow them the flexibility to attend class after work and when it's convenient. This is something that people who work and are also trying to go to school may want to consider. Again, it's important to remember that not all states may allow students to take CNA classes online, but if they do, that might be an option for a person who works and has less flexibility in their schedule. Also, it's again important to remember that as mentioned earlier, no state allows a person to take all of their training online.

The difficulty of online classes may vary from school-to-school too, so just because you might be able to take some of your CNA classes over the internet, doesn't mean that they will be easy. There is somewhat of a common misconception that taking online courses means that they will be easier, but that's by no means a rule. As mentioned earlier, some people really don't learn well independently, and those people may find online classes to actually be harder than in-person courses. Other people may find them to be the same level of difficulty; again, this depends on the person, the school, and their individual learning preferences.


General Information About CNA Training - Things That a Person May Learn

Whether it's an online or in-person course, a person studying to become a CNA typically studies a variety of medical topics and also learns a number of practical skills. The main goal of a CNA training program is typically to help students accumulate the skills and knowledge they need to have so that they can properly care for patients. Depending upon where a person takes their classes, this may be accomplished in a variety of different ways.

If a person lives in a state where online CNA classes are allowed, they may take some of the theory classes online, then do some of the lab and other instructional classes in person, and then they may also do clinicals, if they happen to be offered through that particular school (some schools may make this part of the curriculum, where other schools may not and a person may need to set up their own clinicals). If a person does participate in clinicals, this means that they would have the opportunity to go out and train under the supervision of other CNAs and instructors in the field in order to gain real-world experience.

Topics that might be covered in a CNA training program could include things like general anatomy and physiology, medical units and measurements, basic first aid, and other various medical topics. A person training to become a CNA may also learn a variety of skills like how to safely transport a patient from one place to another, how to take general medical measurements (such as body temperature or blood pressure), how to bath patients and assist them with their hygiene, and other various skills like how to prepare meals for patients, and even possibly how to support patients who are having mental health issues or are having a difficult time dealing with their illness.

Finding CNA Classes
(Both Online and Traditional Classes)

If you're trying to find CNA classes online, there are a number of ways that you could do that. This site offers the ability to search for a variety of schools by using a sponsored search widget. This sponsored search widget may or may not include all of the possible options available to you (both online and in-person), so it's important to understand that.

Other options include searching for a list of community colleges near you that may not be available through the sponsored search, and then visiting their websites in order to learn more. Wherever you look for schools, it's important that you aren't pressured to enroll anywhere, and that you first ensure that a school meets the necessary criteria for CNA training in your state as all schools may not. In order to check, you may want to talk to the Board of Nursing in your state, or Department of Health in your state at some point before enrolling to ensure that the school that you're interested in meets all of the necessary criteria set for by your state for CNA training. And again, there are some states that may not allow person to take any of their training online, so it's important to look into the rules where you live before you enroll at a school.


Further Learning & Reading

If you're interested in learning more about the world of Certified Nursing Assistants, including more details about the field and other related information, check out some of our blog posts below. And again, if you have any specific questions about training, certification, or other potential training requirements, those should be directed to the local agencies in your state such as your local Board of Nursing, etc. or whatever agency governs CNA training where you live. That's the best way to get the most up-to-date, accurate, and current information about CNA training requirements and other various information that you may need to know.