You can find CNAs in nearly every type of healthcare setting, from hospitals to patients’ homes to clinics to nursing homes. This variety is matched by the variety of potential patients. Infants, young children, combat veterans, cancer patients, the developmentally disabled and the elderly all receive care from certified nursing assistants.
The particular requirements of their place of work will demand specific responsibilities of each CNA. Nursing assistants working with the elderly may be tasked with testing their patients’ memory and reporting their findings to specialists. A CNA in a rehabilitation clinic may help patients in their recovery by assisting in bathing, grooming and nutrition.
In short, nursing assistants work just about anywhere that healthcare is administered.
Work as a CNA generally does not require a degree in nursing, making it an attractive option for those looking to get their feet wet in a medical profession. CNA programs generally require a high school diploma or GED for entrance.
Nursing assistant work generally requires passing a state-approved education program, as well as the CNA certification exam administered by the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP). This exam can be taken in a written or oral format.
CNAs also generally receive on-the-job training to prepare them for work in a particular facility with the kinds of patients that facility cares for.
Median annual salary: According to May 2021 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the annual range for CNA salaries is between $23,880 and $44,240. Pay is generally higher in government and hospital positions. A CNA salary is generally lower in retirement communities and home healthcare services.
Job outlook: According to BLS, employment of nursing is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.
BLS links this projected job growth with the needs of an aging population, as well as an increased demand for home care for patients.
Salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of University of Phoenix. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location and other factors specific to the individual. University of Phoenix does not guarantee employment, salary level or career advancement. BLS data is geographically based. Information for a specific state/city can be researched on the BLS website.