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American Red Cross CNA Training Classes

Training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) requires the completion of a CNA program and a state-level CNA certification. Students who complete the American Red Cross CNA program will be qualified to take the State Competency Test. These skills will prepare students for the duties and responsibilities of a CNA in various healthcare settings such as:

  • Skilled nursing facilities;
  • Hospice care;
  • Board, care, and retirement facilities;
  • Rehabilitation hospitals;
  • Psychiatric hospitals;
  • Daily care facilities for the elderly.

Benefits of the Red Cross CNA Training Program

Benefits of attending the Red Cross CNA training program may include:

  • Smaller class sizes that better cater to individual student needs;
  • Accessible locations across the US, with a focus on public transportation access;
  • Hands-on experience;
  • Licensed instructors with professional backgrounds and experience;
  • Course lengths that range from four to eight weeks.

Program Entry Requirements and Prerequisites

The Red Cross CNA program requirements include:

  • Attendance of an orientation and information session;
  • TABE assessment, Highschool Diploma, or GED;
  • Passing a Red Cross criminal background check and fingerprinting prior to registration;
  • Completion of a Red Cross physical within 6 months of your last clinical date;
  • TB Form documenting a negative TB test within 90 days of your last clinical date;
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age;
  • Applicants must provide a copy of a government-issued photo ID or passport.

Red Cross CNA Program Cost

Costs of CNA programs vary by institution, but the cost of the Red Cross CNA Program is a national standard. Payments must be made upon registration and include:

  • A non-refundable application fee: $250;
  • Tuition: $1000.

Additional costs may include:

  • Fees for a physical exam: $25 – $75;
  • TB test: $5 – $50;
  • Uniform: $20 – $30;
  • Approved white shoes: $20-30;
  • Fingerprinting: $9.10;
  • State Certification Exam: $213.

Students may pursue grants for CNA programs and training. If a grant or outside source is contributing to the cost of enrollment in the Red Cross CNA training program, a signed authorization from the agency/source must be provided at registration. If the agency/source is paying less than the full amount of the program, the student is responsible for the total remaining balance. Tuition and application fees may be paid by cashier check, money order, or credit card, and must be made payable to “American Red Cross”.

Red Cross CNA Program Components

Courses may be delivered in either a classroom format, or a blended format that includes online theory and course work, and in-person lab sessions and clinical experience. The coursework of the Red Cross CNA program is divided into a few different components:

  • Lecture: In-class or online lectures and discussion based on pre-reading of the Nurse Assistant Training textbook.
  • Activities: Experiential learning to support lectures and readings.
  • Videos and instructor demonstrations: Videos and instructor demonstrations ensure a standardized method and quality of delivery of real-life scenarios to students.
  • Lab sessions: Lab sessions prepare students with the ability to demonstrate competency in skills prior to clinical experience.
  • Clinical Experience: Clinical experience provides hands-on learning opportunities in healthcare facilities.

Red Cross CNA Program Description and Curriculum

The coursework for the CNA Red Cross Training program covers all of the basic nursing skills required for certification, including:

  • CPR;
  • First Aid;
  • First aid for choking;
  • AED usage;
  • Infection control;
  • Taking Vital signs;
  • Range of Motion Exercises;
  • Personal care skills such as bathing grooming, and assisting with feeding and toileting;
  • Positioning and transferring;
  • Legal and ethical aspects of health care;
  • Caring for people with dementia and other conditions;
  • Communication, teamwork, and diversity skills;
  • Instruction on transitioning from a student to a valuable and adaptable employee;
  • Specific coursework on the Art of Caregiving;
  • Specific coursework on Promoting Safety;
  • Specific coursework on Providing Care;
  • Specific coursework Special Care Instructions;
  • Other important knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful certified nurse assistant.

Additional benefits of the curriculum include a resume workshop as well as job fairs and job placement services.

Applying to the Red Cross CNA Program

Visit the Red Cross Training Services page for CNA Training. To find a local Red Cross Center, enter your city and state under the “Find a CNA Training Class” section. Contact the local Red Cross Chapter to receive further information and paperwork associated with the program.