CNA Classes And Effective Strategies to Pass The CNA Certification Exam


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CNA classes will provide you will the tools that you need to pass the cna certification exam. Also discover effective techniques to pass the exam.

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CNA Classes And Effective Strategies to Pass The CNA Certification Exam

  1. 1. CNA Classes And Effective Strategies to Pass The CNA Certification Exam By Jamie Madsen
  2. 2. Introduction If you are looking to make a change in your life, how about choosing to help others by becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) by signing up for CNA classes offered at a variety of institutions such as community colleges, vocational training centers, etc. Based on your location, you may also be able to sign up for a Red Cross CNA class offered at various Red Cross chapters in many states. Taking CNA classes will give you the tools to pass the CNA certification exam.
  3. 3. CNA Classes CNA classes comprise textbook work, practice sessions using mannequins or each other as well as the clinical portion which allows students to practice in a real setting such as a hospital or nursing home the various skills learned during the CNA training classes on real patients. The training received from the CNA classes will enable you to practice as a certified nursing assistant at various hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, residential homes, doctor's offices, etc, on various patients or residents. CNAs usually report to a licensed nurse usually a Registered Nurse or to a doctor and receive instructions from these individuals on their daily duties.
  4. 4. CNA Exam After completing the CNA classes, the student will usually need to take and pass the certification exam in order to become a certified nursing assistant and be included on the state registry of nursing assistants also known as nurses assistant or nursing or nurses aide. The certification exam varies from state to state which is something that you need to consider when deciding which state to become certified in. While the certification exam may vary across states, the fundamentals tested remain the same.
  5. 5. CNA Exam Components From the CNA classes, you will discover that the certification exam comprises of the written exam and the clinical skills test which a lot of students dread because they will have to perform a set of skills for a state evaluator. Both sections of the exam must be passed in order to become a certified nursing assistant. Though the minimum passing score may vary from state to state, you can expect to be required to earn at least 70% on the written portion as well as 70% on the clinical portion. Do remember that for the clinical portion, each critical step must be 100% accurate.
  6. 6. Tips For Exam - Written a. Having an early night the night before the exam and try not to do any work the night before b. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake before the exam. You want to have a clear head. c. You need energy before the exam so make sure that you eat a healthy but light breakfast. You do not want anything heavy. d. While considering the allotted time for the exam, be sure that you take enough time with each question. Decide how much time based on the total time you should allot to each question and work proficiently toward the goal.
  7. 7. Tips For Exam – Written cont. e. Pay attention to each question and read each question thoroughly and ask yourself what is required of the question and then pick the best answer. f. Do not panic if you encounter a question that you have no clue how to respond to. In such cases, simply make your best guess and do not leave the answer blank. When in doubt, remember that patient or your safety is paramount so use this knowledge to make an educated guess in the few instances that you are at a loss. g. Last but not least, be confident in yourself and your abilities since confidence goes a long way to ensure that you accomplish your goals which in this case is to pass the written exam.
  8. 8. Tips For Exam - Clinical For the critical skills test portion, which can be quite nerve wracking, the following tips will be helpful to pass this portion; a. Practice and then practice again and again the skills that you learned during the CNA classes. Remember and practice what you learned during the practice sessions and clinicals from the CNA classes that you took. b. Practice the procedure or skill that you learned in the CNA classes EXACTLY as you learned.
  9. 9. Tips For Exam – Clinical cont. c. Safety for both the patient as well as the CNA is very important as you will learn during the CNA classes, so ensure that all safety standards are followed during this test portion. d. Be confident in your demonstrations which you will only get if you follow point a. above. e. Be aware of the time constraints so that you are timely in your demonstrations.
  10. 10. Conclusion CNA classes are essential to help you develop the skills and become confident to take and pass the certification exam. For more information on CNAs, CNA classes and the skills needed, visit .