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What kind of jobs can a Certified Nursing Assistant get?

If you become a Certified Nursing Assistant, you’ll find amazing job opportunities in nursing and residential care facilities, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals.

CNA jobs include nursing aides, nursing attendants, home health and personal aides. But, this is no fly-by-night (although you may work at night) career. Healthcare jobs are expected to grow faster than any other industry — roughly 22% (meaning 3.2 million new jobs) by 2018. Baby boomers are growing older; Generation X-ers are having kids, and together they are creating more demand for healthcare workers than ever.

As a CNA, you’ll be giving care in a secure, rewarding job with great pay: CNAs typically bring home more than $24,000 a year.  You’ll provide basic care for patients. Your day will be filled with fairly physical work. You’ll help move, reposition, or lift residents or patients.  You’ll be a critical part of your patient’s care team.

And getting the training you need is quick!  We offer a six-credit-hour CNA course each semester at the Roscommon central campus, the M-TEC in Gaylord, and — starting this summer — in Tawas.  Our CNA course includes clinicals at area nursing homes. You’ll complete your course in about 10 weeks and the hands-on classroom instruction and clinical training and you’ll be set to take the state CNA certification exam. You’ll be ready — and really employable!

More information about our CNA program is available at http://www.kirtland.edu/academic-programs/certified-nursing-assistant-course, by contacting anne.essmaker@kirtland.edu, or give us a call at 989-275-5000, ext. 416.

For national stats, check out what the Bureau of Labor Statistics has to say about this high-demand field at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm. Fast training today prepares you for great job opportunities tomorrow!