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Instructor qualifications for CNA course; important?

kim_ina kim_ina (New) New


I am looking at a CNA course in California at an adult school but there is little information on the course content and the instructor, besides their name. From what I can tell, this person is not an RN or medically experienced. Or, that person may just be the course organizer and there are others who actually run the course.

Should I be concerned about who teaches the course, or is it just a means to an end (CNA exam)?

I would ideally like to work as a PCT in a pediatric ward/hospital, but a medical assisting course is too long for my current timeline towards an accelerated MSN. Any extra advice on how I can build on the CNA certification and experience would be great to hear. I plan to learn as much as I can on the job (providing I get one!) and become a keen student and aide to the nurses I work with. As far as I can tell, as long as I have experience with EKGs, catheters, etc. on the job I can list that as skills towards a PCT position, correct?

Thank you all!

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

If it is a state approved CNA course, it will be taught by qualified instructors. From your post, I think you may not have a realistic picture of CNA curriculum. It is focused on LTC - providing daily care needs, it does NOT include EKG training. Interaction with catheters will be only maintenance of insertion site/cleaning & measurement of output.

The reason that MA training is longer is that it does include those 'extras' you were referring to.

Wishing you the best of luck on your education.

HouTx is right that as long as it is a state approved class it does not matter who is teaching the class. Though I understand and think you are wise to be a little cautious seeing that the instructor was not an RN because they usually are.

Some hospitals will take you as a CNA and train you themselves the extra skills you need to know to be a PCT. But I think that you have to know that PCT jobs are not always easy to get. MAny hospitals want you to have a year of experiance as a CNA to be a PCT and with the pediatric ward it will even be harder to get those jobs.