If you’re just beginning to consider a health care career, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the maze of roles, education options and certification requirements. How long is this going to take me? How much will it cost? Will there be opportunities for career advancement?
Caregiving is a great solution because it is in its own right a rewarding, high-demand career. And, it opens doors to future career growth in the health care industry.
Typical salary: $12 to $14 per hour
Required education: High school diploma or GED (typically)
PCAs help their clients with everyday tasks such as household cleaning, running errands and personal hygiene. Just as important, they provide companionship. PCAs might work in someone’s home, a residential community or a senior center. They may report directly to a client’s family, or they may work for a facility or agency.
NextStep’s National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certification gives you the tools you need to protect yourself and the people you care for from COVID-19. The course is delivered through a series of short videos featuring expert instructors like Dr. Vin Gupta, a pulmonary and intensive care physician and medical contributor to NBC News.
Typical salary with NextStep employer partner: $15 to $18 per hour
Required education: Nursing Assistant training and certification
Training: NextStep Nursing Assistant training-to-placement program (currently available in Colorado and Washington)
Certified Nursing Assistants provide care for individuals who need help with daily tasks. CNAs may care for elderly people or someone who has had an acute healthcare event or injury. They may work in an individual’s home, at a nursing home, or in a long-term-care or assisted-living facility assisting clients with basic needs such as personal care, wellness monitoring and household tasks. They’re also a source of emotional support during what may be the most vulnerable time in their clients’ lives.
NextStep’s blended-learning Nursing Assistant program is flexible, easy and fast — you can finish in as little as six weeks. And, there’s a guaranteed job waiting after you're certified! You’ll learn CNA skills on your mobile or web device then get hands-on experience (when COVID-19 allows) in practice labs and clinicals.
Typical salary: $25 to $28 per hour
Required education: One year certification program
Training: NextStep training coming soon!
Licensed practical nurses provide a broad range of care for individuals ranging from administering medication to maintaining medical documentation and consulting with a registered nurse on care plans. LPNs have broad flexibility of work environment. They may provide care in an individual’s home, at a physician’s office, or in a long-term-care facility or they can take a more adventurous route and become a travel nurse or work in the military.
Typical salary: $35 to $50 per hour
Required education: Bachelor of science or associate’s degree
Registered nurses provide a wide range of services to the individuals in their care, from administering medication to consulting with the rest of the health care team on treatment and care plans. RNs can work in a broad range of care environments, including hospitals. Working as a CNA is a great way to support yourself and gain valuable on-the-job skills as you study to become an RN.