Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certification
Regulations on nursing assistant certification vary from state-to-state. However, most CNA programs offer a certification exam. The National Association for Home Care offers national certification for home health aides.
Nursing Assistant (CNA) Salaries
Entry-level nursing assistants earn between $19,925 and $29,764.* The top paid CNAs in the field earn an average of $35,377. The key factors affecting CNA salaries are years of experience and place of employment.
CNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities, assisted living facilities and private homes. Job prospects for CNAs are expected to be excellent due to the increasing long-term care needs of an aging population.
Nursing Assistant (CNA) Career Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing assistant jobs (including home health aides and psychiatric aides) will experience about 28 percent growth by 2016. Home health aides are expected to have the fastest job growth, as many people prefer in-home treatment as a comfortable and cost-saving alternative to hospital or nursing home care. However, nursing assistant jobs in hospitals and nursi