8 Great Reasons to Get Your CNA Degree

If you are sick and tired of working at your current job – or you’re just in the mood to try something new – why not consider getting a CNA degree? Short for “Certified Nursing Assistant,” CNAs handle all kinds of important duties – from taking care of patients in nursing homes to assisting with medical procedures in hospitals.

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There are eight great reasons to dive in and get your CNA degree:

1. It is a great way to get into the medical fieldcna degree

Don’t have the money, the time or the inclination to go to medical school for years on end? That’s OK! You can dive right into your medical career by getting a CNA degree.

In fact, when you compare CNA training to the training that doctors and nurses have to go through, getting your degree is the easiest, fastest, and the most affordable way to get into the healthcare industry!

Sure, you may not be writing prescriptions or making complex diagnoses, but you will get to play a big role in helping people feel better. And as an added benefit, being a certified nursing assistant or aide gives you more personal time with patients – unlike a doctor who is busy running around all over the place!


2. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg

Because so many schools offer CNA degrees, you can use all of that competition to your advantage! You can look for a quality program (either online or in person) that fits into your budget. Unlike many other degrees, graduating from a CNA training course won’t put you in debt for the rest of your life!

3. You can get a better job

Since you can take up a job a few months before you officially pass your exam, you can actually get hired prior to technically having a CNA degree. However, it is far better to wait until you are fully degreed before you head out into the job market.

Why?

If you have not passed the CNA exam yet, you are a riskier hire than someone who has already passed the test with flying colors. That alone can make you much more appealing to employers!

By having a degree from a quality program, potential employers know that you will be able to come in and get to work right away – without taking time out to study for or pass a test.

4. You can make more money

If you are more appealing to employers, they have reason to pay you a better salary than the applicant who doesn’t have his CNA degree yet. You may not be making the “big bucks” right away, but having a degree under your belt before you go job-hunting can give you a slightly higher paycheck in the very beginning – when you need it most!

5. You will have a steady income

As more and more industries fall victim to economic cutbacks, medicine offers a stable work environment. After all, people are always going to get sick and injured – no matter what the economy is doing! As a result, by obtaining your CNA degree (as opposed to getting certified in something else), you won’t have to be nearly as worried about getting laid off.

Not only will you have a steady income, but you will also have a salary you can be proud of. In fact, further on with some experience under your belt, you might be amazed at the money you can make with a CNA degree. Some certified nursing assistants report making over $40,000 a year.

6. It is a great stepping stone to becoming a Registered Nurse

Since CNAs work hand-in-hand with registered nurses, you will get to see if becoming an RN is a good career path for you – before you spend the time and money in a formal nursing program.

As an added benefit, getting your CNA degree before you go to nursing school can give you a slew of references and contacts that you can use to your advantage in the future. But even if you don’t use it for networking purposes, just being able to list a degree on your resume can make it easier to get into the nursing program of your choice.
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7. It’s a great way to start down a specialized career path

Whether or not you have the desire to become a registered nurse (RN), obtaining your CNA degree can help you create a specialized medical career for yourself. For example, once you have graduated, you can see what areas of medicine appeal to you – like working in a hospital instead of a nursing home or assisting a physical therapist instead of a general doctor. When you look at it that way, the sky is the limit!

8. You can make a difference

Imagine the satisfaction you would get from helping an elderly patient get out of bed in the morning, or from supporting someone to make major strides in their physical therapy. You won’t be able to make that kind of difference in just any ol’ job – but if you want to do it, obtaining a CNA degree is a must!


Resources:

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANNCC) – http://nursecredentialing.org/Certification.aspx

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) – http://www.cicic.ca/

British Nursing Association – http://www.bna.co.uk/

The British Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – http://www.nmc-uk.org/

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12 Responses to “8 Great Reasons to Get Your CNA Degree”

  1. Janice says:

    Getting a CNA degree should be more like a CAN degree because it opens so many doors for you and is a great step in your career. Along with a feeling of accomplishment.

    • Dayton says:

      Hi Janice,

      you’re right. I guess, quite a few people don’t realize that this entry-level position in nursing can actually be the starting point for an excellent career in this field. Once they are certified, there will be great opportunities to get further training which can lead to becoming a RN or LPN or even more.

  2. Randi says:

    I am excited as I am starting my CNA training soon because this is going to open so many doors of opportunities to me.

    • Dayton says:

      Yes Randi, this entry-level position in healthcare will absolutely help you to establish a promising career in this industry; and good luck with your CNA training.

  3. Norman says:

    making a difference is important to me. Quick question – the answer might help people reading – if you already have a degree, will any credits from that transfer to your CNA?

    • Dayton says:

      Well Norman, in general yes. However, it depends in what field you’ve achieved your degree.

  4. Erin says:

    This is a great way for people to learn if they healthcare industry is right for them without having to spend loads of time and money on RN certification. Not to mention people get so much more experience that can help them if the choose to pursue RN certification.

  5. Jodie says:

    I’ve been working at a psychiatric hospital and my degree in mental health is fantastic, but adding a CNA degree to my experience, will increase my pay and allow me to do more around the hospital. I think it’s a great career or a step along the path to something more. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Adrianne says:

    I love taking care of people and I am looking for a flexible job that doesn’t require a ton of education. I think this might be the perfect thing for me so that I can take care of my kids and bring home some bacon.

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