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Minimum Age for Patient Care Tech?

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by PoweRNursing PoweRNursing (New Member) New Member

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Hello Guys! Michael Here! I am starting nursing school in Fall of 2020 (If I get in!) and am wanting to get a hospital job before starting in August of 2020. I am a dual-enrolling pre-nurisng major and will have all of my high school graduation and pre-reqs for nurisng school done by December of 2019, and plan on graduating early if I can. I will only be 17 then, but I would like to work at a hospital as a tech before leaving for nursing school. Will hospitals hire techs that are 17 as long as they have a high school diploma, or do they have to be 18? I hope this question doesn't seem stupid, but I am just curious. Thanks!

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You should probably reach out to your local hospitals and ask what their policy is.  Tech jobs are not easy to get without some sort of experience. 

In CA, the minimum age to get certified as a nursing assistant is 16.  I recommend you look into a Certified Nursing Assistant course.

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Okay! Thank you for your response! I live in Georgia, so my requirements are probably different than CA's. However, from what I have seen CA seems to be more strict on RN's. I have to ask, what kind of opportunities are there in CA for RN's? I have thought about working their, but I know that getting a job can be tough sometime. I know this is off topic, but I am curious about that too.

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There is every opportunity in CA, but cost of living is very expensive.  I suggest you start with looking into a CNA certification, and getting your feet wet in nursing.  You never know what area of nursing you'll end up loving.

My CNA job that I had in college was my favorite job I ever had.  Here is a link to GA's nurse assistant programs.  Maybe nurses from GA can chime in.

https://www.mmis.georgia.gov/portal/PubAccess.Nurse Aide/tabId/77/Default.aspx

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thanks again for the info! when I posted my question i doubted anyone would respons, but that doesn't seem to be the case, so thanks for your time!

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