How difficult is CNA training

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    I'm going to be taking CNA training this summer from Monday-Friday 7:30AM-4. I also planning on taking RN pre-requisites in the evening. Is this do-able? Or does CNA training require a lot of studying outside of the classroom?
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    I would not say a LOT of studying, but there was some. we would take a chapter or two in our book, and have a test on the at least one a week, sometimes two. But they were not hard. The one chapter i spent the most time on was the systems of the body, and what can be problems for that particular system. For instance respiratory- COPD.
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    I just finished my CNA training program and was taking my last pre-req as well as working full time. The CNA course required zero studying outside of the classroom. It's mostly basic sense.
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    Two of my classmates in Organic Chem were also going through a CNA course and I would ask them questions about the course. They kept saying it's mostly common sense so very little studying --- body mechanics, vitals, proper hygiene, etc. I have no doubt they were learning new things, but those things made sense once explained.

    I enrolled in a weekend CNA course because I work full time. It starts in 5 weeks. When I enrolled and had an hour-long discussion with the CEO of the school, he showed me different aspects of the class and as he did so he kept saying "but you won't have any problem with this". He very quickly picked up on my A type personality.
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    I just received my certification last month. I was working part time and going to school full time during the week, and taking weekend CNA classes... I was able to manage. There is some outside studying but not a lot. You'll be fine
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    Quote from fbrlauren
    I'm going to be taking CNA training this summer from Monday-Friday 7:30AM-4. I also planning on taking RN pre-requisites in the evening. Is this do-able? Or does CNA training require a lot of studying outside of the classroom?
    I'm at the very end of my program, i wouldn't say it took a ton of studying but it did take some to be prepared..like reading ahead. We would hit the high points of a chapter in class then test. Anywhere from 5-7 chapter/tests a day. Over half my class failed the final exam and couldn't go to clinicals.
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    The only studying you may have to do is memorizing some steps for your practical skills tests at the end of the class, because they want things done an exact way in an exact order for the most part. Aside from that I dont remember studying at all, but everybodys different. Some people might have to study, or at least practice some skills like checking blood pressure, which is easy to learn but can take practice to master.

    CNA training is probably the easiest training in all of health care, but dont let that fool you about the job, very few people who have worked as a CNA will tell you its an easy job. Many will tell you its the hardest job theyve ever had, including me, and Ive done a lot of different things in life, including different jobs in health care since first becoming a CNA. CNA was still probably the hardest.
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    CNA training wasn't that hard for me, but I'm not sure if it's different depending on where you go to complete the course (I did training through the American Red Cross). I was also taking two pre-req classes in the afternoon, and I managed. There's not a lot you need to study for in the course, maybe the skills. But the chapters we read in class were mostly just common sense. I studied more for my pre-req classes.


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