Nursing Assistant

Birth Attendant, Certified Medication Aide (CMA), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)   More Names
Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Nursing Attendant, Certified Residential Medication Aide, Clinical Assistant, Competency Evaluated Nurse Aide (CENA), First Aid Attendant, First Aid Nurse, Geriatric Aide, Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA), Gericare Aide, Health Aide, Health Care Aide, Health Care Assistant, Health Service Worker, Hospice Aide, Hospital Aide, Hospital Attendant, Hospital Corpsman, Hospital Medical Assistant, Infirmary Attendant, Inpatient Nursing Aide, Institutional Aide, Licensed Nursing Assistant, Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), Medical Aide, Medical Attendant, Medication Aide, Nurse Aide, Nurse Assistant, Nurse Sitter, Nurse Technician, Nurse's Assistant, Nursery Technician, Nurses' Aide, Nursing Aide, Nursing Assistant, Nursing Assistants, Nursing Attendant, Nursing Care Attendant, Nursing Home Aide, Nursing Technician, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Patient Care Associate, Patient Care Technician (PCT), Patient Sitter, Practical Nurse, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA), Student Nurse, Surgical Aide, Unlicensed Assistive Personnel, Ward Aide, Ward Attendant, Ward Helper
Most Common Education Levels

*** This graph provides an estimate of a common, minimum level of education and training for persons who are currently working in this career. This estimate is based on various career information sources, but it does not use U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) formal statistical sampling procedures that provide a more detailed and representative picture of such different education and training levels. At present, no such more detailed and representative BLS data is available for this career. ***

Current Entry Requirements

Most nursing assistants working today have at least some level of postsecondary training or a two-year associate's degree. This training is available at many local public community colleges, technical or vocational centers, and on-site through some employers.

Nursing assistant training programs tend to include courses of study in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, disease and infection control, communication skills, and patients' rights. When a nursing assistant training program is state-approved for work in nursing care facilities, a candidate who completes the program is eligible to become state-licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provided that they meet any other prerequisite requirements. To earn the CNA credential, a nursing assistant trainee must complete a minimum of 75 hours of state-approved training and pass a state-approved competency exam.

The federal Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1987 includes other specified training and testing requirements for those nursing assistants who work in nursing homes.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

18% - Faster than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $22,470 - $31,370

Hourly: $11 - $15