CNA Classes & Programs in Tennessee
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), also commonly referred to as nurse aides, are healthcare providers who help registered/practical nurses with patient care duties including measuring and recording patient vital signs, assisting patients with daily activities, patient hygiene, and more. The CNA role is a great entry-level role and only requires a short training program and a certification exam. In Tennessee, CNAs earn an average annual salary of $25,090, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
To become a CNA in Tennessee, prospective students must enroll in an approved training program. Upon completion, they will have to pass the state's certification exam to be added to the nurse aide registry and begin working. For more on admissions requirements for CNA training programs in Tennessee, please visit our CNA Training Programs Admissions page.
- Program Length: CNA training program length can vary, but most are usually completed in a few weeks. In Tennessee, training programs are offered in many community colleges and even some medical facilities. Training programs in Tennessee consist of at least 75 hours of training, including at least 16 hours of hands-on clinical training.
- Program Cost: The cost of a CNA training program can fluctuate based on many factors. When looking into training programs, be sure to determine the cost of additional fees, textbooks, uniform/supplies, exams, etc. in addition to tuition. Some schools may offer financial aid or other flexible payment plans to help students cover costs.
- Board Approved Programs: Each state will have its own requirements for CNA certification. This is why it's imperative to choose a program that is state-approved. In Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Health manages CNA training and certification. They offer a listing of state-approved training programs for students to choose from. To learn more, check out CNA certification requirements for Tennessee.
- Online/In-Person Options: Some schools will offer the classroom portion of the CNA program in an online format. This is a great scenario for students worried about fitting their studies in to their already busy lives, as online courses can be taken anytime, anywhere. Labs and clinical experiences will still need to be taken in-person, however. Traditional campus-based CNA programs are still the norm for those who want the classroom experience.
To get a feel for the CNA curriculum in Tennessee, see our list of classes and courses available in the state:
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