So my overall goal is to become a neonatal nurse. I talked to a friend's mom who is a CNA and advised me to take CNA courses to 'get my feet wet' and I know there's a test afterward of course. She told me to do this before actually going to school. Then I want to go to a state Uni to become a neonatal nurse. What I want to know is how long do I wait after I [hopefully] pass the test and become certified to go to school? Do I have to work as a CNA for a year before I can go to school?