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Becoming a CNA in Delaware
Delaware might not be a large state, but that does not mean that you are not going to find some big opportunities awaiting you in the healthcare field there. Those who have a high school diploma or a GED and who are looking for a great opportunity to start working in a great career should consider becoming a certified nursing assistant. It is a promising field that has plenty of opportunities and room for growth in the coming years. The average salary for someone working in this field in Connecticut is $27k per year. Best of all, getting the schooling you need for this career is fast and easy, and you could be working as a CNA in no time!
What are the Requirements?
You have to complete a program that has the approval of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. This means that you have to make sure that the classes you are considering have approval before you start. All of the legitimate and high quality programs in the state do. You should be able to find CNA classes in Wilmington, DE and other locations in the state. The training is going to encompass 150 hours, with 75 hours in classroom training and 75 hours in supervised clinical study.
Because you will have practical study, it is important to buy scrubs, or the uniform required by the program, when you begin. You will also likely need scrubs when you enter the workforce, so it's a good idea to buy them now. They are easily affordable and available in many stores as well as online.
One of the things that help to set Delaware apart from other states is that the CNA, even after passing, still needs to have 80 orientation hours after employment. This means that the CNA is going to have all of the skills he or she needs to do well in the field!
Licensing and Registration
Of course, you are also going to have to take the national CNA exam, which costs $136. In Delaware, D&S Diversified Technologies, LLP provides the exam. Your test is going to be similar to the training in that it is going to consist of multiple-choice questions for the written, sit down part of the exam, and it includes a practical hands-on portion. You need to be able to pass both. You are going to need to renew this test every two years. Renewal is free, but you need to have at least 64 hours of employment in the field during those previous two years.
After graduation and receiving your license and certification, one can find employment throughout many of the beautiful locations in the state including Dover, Milford, New Castle, and Wilmington.
Why Choose to Be a CNA?
You have plenty of opportunities when you follow this career path. You can work in a host of different places, including hospitals and long-term care facilities. The pay is good, with many who are starting in the field making more than 20k at an entry-level position. In addition, you will feel good that you are in a field where you really help people.
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/
Delaware State Board of Nursing: http://www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing/index.shtml
Students must have 150 hours of training to get CNA Certification.
You need 75 hours clinical experience.
75 hours of classroom training.