Can someone under 18 become a CNA?

  1. Hello,
    I am a junior in highschool and am planning to go to college to obtain an RN after graduation. I am interested in taking classes and getting a part time job as a CNA. I think this would be a wonderful opportunity where I'd get to learn alot about the body and nursing, gain experience and confidence, and be able to help people. I am not sure, however what the training entails and if hopitals and nursing homes would hire someone under 18, who has not yet received a highschool diploma. How extensive is the training program for CNA, and is it a possible part time job for someone in highschool? Also, where can I find a class, and what is the certification test like? I am homeschooled, so my hours are a bit more flexable than those of other highschoolers. I still, however can't be in a program or job that is full time or during the day. Thank you so much for your help!
    ~Liz
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   mydee
    Yes,
    You can be a CNA you must be at lest 16 years of age in my state not sure about other states
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    I worked with a CNA Sunday night that was 17 and still in high school...She was one of the best I have ever worked with....
  5. by   pinkdaisy
    Thank you both so much! I really want to do this, but I'm not exactly sure where to start. I have done online searches for CNA or nursing aide assistant programs in northern New Jersey, but I haven't found much, except for one program at the local community college that meets every day in the morning and is $900! Do you have any idea as to how I would find a CNA training program? Thanks again!
  6. by   ConfusedStudent3
    umm...yes you can be a cna if your under 18, i'm going to be one when im 17 through my high school program...i found out that your homeschooled...so that answeres my question about if your high school has a program...umm...i also see ads in the newspaper advertising cna courses you can take to recieve the liscense after taking the test. (i live in fl, but i'm sure you can still find something in the newspaper in nj) its best if you get in some type of program that does clinical work so you can have hands on expierence when you do get a job, rather than just studying the book. thats pretty much all i know...i cant wait till patient care tech next year to get my cna. good luck!
    brittany
  7. by   ConfusedStudent3
    here is a website that i found that my help you...click on the first one offered for university of phoenix, cna

    train for tomorrow - get a medical assistant or health management degree
  8. by   L&D_2b
    Quote from pinkdaisy
    Hello,
    I am a junior in highschool and am planning to go to college to obtain an RN after graduation. I am interested in taking classes and getting a part time job as a CNA. I think this would be a wonderful opportunity where I'd get to learn alot about the body and nursing, gain experience and confidence, and be able to help people. I am not sure, however what the training entails and if hopitals and nursing homes would hire someone under 18, who has not yet received a highschool diploma. How extensive is the training program for CNA, and is it a possible part time job for someone in highschool? Also, where can I find a class, and what is the certification test like? I am homeschooled, so my hours are a bit more flexable than those of other highschoolers. I still, however can't be in a program or job that is full time or during the day. Thank you so much for your help!
    ~Liz
    I became a CNA my senior year of highschool! I had work release from school, so I only went half days. I then worked 40 hours a week at a nursing home as a CNA. I paid my way through college that way.
    Try calling local nursing homes. They will give you the education for free if you work for them. Also, try hospitals. I later received on the job training at a hospital to become a phlebotomist.
    Good luck!
  9. by   pinkdaisy
    Quote from L&D_2b
    I became a CNA my senior year of highschool! I had work release from school, so I only went half days. I then worked 40 hours a week at a nursing home as a CNA. I paid my way through college that way.
    Try calling local nursing homes. They will give you the education for free if you work for them. Also, try hospitals. I later received on the job training at a hospital to become a phlebotomist.
    Good luck!
    Thank you so much! I will definately call local nursing homes and hospitals and see if they need people and also if they will train people for free.
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    When i went to CNA school in 1992 they paid me min wage while I was in class. Im not sure if you can find that kind of deal now.
  11. by   NurseGirl08
    Yes you can be under 18 and be a CNA. I got certified when I was 14 and still am certified and not 18 yet.
  12. by   pinkdaisy
    Nursegirl- I'm just curious... how did you become a CNA at age 14? Where did you study? Did you find a job quickly, or were people hesitant to hire you because of your age?
  13. by   NurseGirl08
    Quote from pinkdaisy
    Nursegirl- I'm just curious... how did you become a CNA at age 14? Where did you study? Did you find a job quickly, or were people hesitant to hire you because of your age?
    I got hired at the nursing home I did my training at. It was about a four week course. Two weeks in a class room and two weeks working on the floor. I had talked to the DON and my mom worked there also. She actually told me about the job. I'm still working at the same facility that trained me.
  14. by   SaraO'Hara
    It depends on the practise laws in your state.

    I'm in California, and the minimum age is sixteen; I started training 3 months before my 18th birthday and was certified a week before.

    Nursegirl - Nifty biscuits to you

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