In a BSN program..

  1. Hi, I'm in a BSN program at The College of New Jersey about to enter my sophomore year. Next summer I'd like to work as a CNA. What steps do I have to take in order to become a CNA? Is it just a national exam or is it classes? I'll be in clinicals for the spring semester so I'll have some exposure. Thanks!
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  3. by   Esme12
    once you finish fundamentals many facilities will hire nursing students without the "certification" exam.
  4. by   MommaTy
    I know some hospitals will take you as a student nurse without a cna. But You might just have to call american red cross to find out. Good luck
  5. by   calivianya
    The hospitals around here require you to have CNA certification to work for them, but you can sit the exam after your first class with the skills lab where you do CNA work, so you don't have to take any additional classes beside what you're already taking in the nursing program.
  6. by   lilcampy310
    Many hospitals won't take you until you complete your first clinical (which I know at TCNJ isn't unil spring soph. year).
    Another option is to take an EMT course and gain experience that way- I know it's outside of the hospital, but it's still great experience and will make your resume that much better!

    PS I went to TCNJ too and loved it
    If you have any questions, feel free to message me! Good luck xo