CNA Preparation

When you learn how to become a CNA, you'll discover first-hand what it takes to provide quality care for residents in long-term care facilities, hospitals, home health care and hospice settings. And although you'll spend months learning in the classroom and honing your skills during your clinical rotations, you cannot be hired as a certified nursing assistant until you've passed your written licensing exam and successfully completed your skills tests.

What to Expect

With your CNA preparation courses and clinicals complete, you'll have the knowledge you need to pass your licensing exams and skills tests – all that's left is to actually take them. As your testing date approaches, you may be wondering what to expect. In order to help you achieve the best possible outcome, we've created a list of test-day information designed ensure that have everything have everything you need for your exam.

  • All required documentation. This may vary by location, but will likely include a state application, state approval letter, a valid photo ID, and social security card or printout.
  • Arrive at the testing site at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Be sure to set aside the entire day for your tests, as it may not be possible for the facility to accommodate special schedules (like needing to leave early).
  • Wear scrubs or a uniform, as well as supportive, non-skid shoes, and a watch with a second hand.
  • Bring snacks, pencils, pens (blue or black ink), a lunch and water, as well as any prescribed daily medications that you might need during the day.
Test Results
In many cases you may receive your test results on the day of your exams. However, this varies based on the testing facility, so check with your facility prior to your examination day. This way, you won't be surprised if your results aren't available that day.

Additional Training Opportunities

At the end of your CNA preparation courses you'll have the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on a career in healthcare. However, as an individual you may want additional training that can help you provide care outside of your job duties. To help you accomplish your goals, we offer a wide range of courses, such as swimming and water safety, lifeguarding, and child care, which can help you grow and learn, even after you've become a CNA.