What is a CNA?

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) fill a critical gap between patients and nurses – providing quality-of-life care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care and hospice facilities, and in residential settings. They also gather vital information about patients' conditions, which they relay to their supervisors, so their patients can get the care they need, when they need it.

What a CNA Does

CNAs are critical members of the medical profession. And as a certified nursing assistant, you'll not only help put your patients at ease, but you'll check and record their vital signs, ask them about their conditions, and create and maintain records. In addition, you may be asked to provide patients with first aid care, administer CPR or use an AED.

Why Train with the Red Cross

At the American Red Cross we've trained individuals for work in nursing for more than 100 years. And our CNA training program is one of the best in the country*. By seamlessly combining in-class learning with hands-on experience, our knowledgeable instructors can help you achieve your goal of becoming a certified nursing assistant in just four to eight weeks.

Featuring small classes located near public transportation, as well as licensed instructors with professional experience, and the latest information, our CNA program gives you access to everything you need to take your career to the next level.

For details on how our certified nursing assistant curriculum is developed, read The Science Behind Our Programs.

*Based on % of our students passing State exam.

Enroll Today

CNA class enrollment requirements vary by state. In order to ensure that you meet the necessary requirements and have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered, please fill out this form, and a Red Cross representative will contact you. You may also wish to attend an information session to learn more about the program prior to enrollment.