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Should I take CNA classes online?

December 1, 2021

If you took the quiz, you’re off to a good start deciding which type of CNA training is the best fit for you. Below, you’ll find even more info to help you decide if traditional, online or blended learning is your best option! 

Traditional brick-and-mortar CNA programs 

Traditional, fully in-person programs require students to attend all classes at set times in person. This could be a good option for you if you don’t have other life obligations like a job or kids. Traditional programs are often on the pricier end of the spectrum as well, so make sure you have some savings to devote to your training if you choose this option.

CNA training online only

If in-person training seems like too big of a time and financial burden, you might be tempted to jump straight to the idea of 100% online learning. Some fields lend themselves to fully remote learning, but caregiving is a different story. Because CNAs have to have the skills to physically assist people, it’s essential for training to include hands-on practice. That’s why state-certified programs have in-person learning components.

Blended CNA programs: online and in-person

If you don’t have a ton of time and money to work with, but you want to get that all-important real-world practice, then a blended-learning CNA training program is probably right for you. This type of program allows you to do the majority of learning online at your convenience, so it can work with your existing schedule. Then, once you’ve learned the basic skills, you have the opportunity to get hands-on practice. 

One other factor to consider when choosing a program is how you’ll find a job after graduation. NextStep makes that bit easy by providing a guaranteed job offer after you complete our program. Read more about how our job placement process works here.

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