As the population of the United States ages, the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts job growth for nursing aides and healthcare assistants to grow 20% between 2010 and 2020, well above the national job growth rate of 14%. In Nebraska, Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) job growth is projected to top 23% through 2016, with a median salary of approximately $23,000.
To get started in a CNA career, you must be at least 16 years old and have good skills in reading, speaking and writing English. Next, completion of a 75 hour Nebraska approved CNA course is required to pursue jobs in all facility types. At least 25% of those training hours are spent in a clinical setting. There are several schools and facilities that offer CNA training in Omaha.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services administers an evaluation exam to graduates of the CNA training curriculum. This competency evaluation is held monthly in multiple locations across the state. A passing exam score leads to a listing in the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry and CNA certification. To remain active on the Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry, you must provide current proof of employment in a facility every 24 months.
The CNA position can be a satisfying career or a first step towards additional training to become a LPN or RN. If you are looking for a fast growing career in Omaha, you may want to consider the CNA career path.
Here is a list of some of the schools/classes available in Omaha that you can enroll and get your CNA training. Please contact the schools directly for any specific questions.
Quality CNA/CMA Classes, LLC
5437 North 103rd Street Omaha, NE 68134
Phone: (402) 609-9583
National Workforce Training Institute
Omaha Public Schools Career Center
3230 Burt Street, Omaha, NE 68131
Metropolitan Community College
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave # A, Omaha, Nebraska
Nebraska Methodist College
720 87th St, Omaha, Nebraska
Phone: (402) 354-7100
101 S 42nd St, Omaha, Nebraska
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