CNA to RN: How Do I Do It?
Many CNAs don’t stay in the profession for long. In fact, a good number of CNAs go on to pursue higher positions in the health care field such as registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN). However, those looking to become registered nurses or licensed practical nurses will have to attend more schooling to earn the necessary certification. But if you’re a CNA right now, the good news is that you won’t have to quit your job as a CNA while you complete your education to become a RN, which can help a lot to pay for RN classes. So are you wondering what it takes to move from a CNA to RN? We’ll explain how to do it here!
CNA to RN: How Do I Do It?
CNA to RN Bridge Program Requirements
CNA to RN programs can be found at various institutions such as community colleges, vocational schools, trade schools, and universities. These institutions often have a ladder program where you can advance from a CNA to LPN, LPN to RN, or a CNA to RN. They work by allowing you to transfer credits you have previously earned towards your education to a higher position. RN programs will consist of three parts: classroom lecture, laboratory training, and clinical work. Costs can vary for these programs, and typical requirements can differ from state to state, but will usually include:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Completion of a state approved CNA class
- Formal work experience as a CNA
- High school diploma or equivalent (e.g. GED)
- Prerequisite courses completed
- Minimum SAT or ACT scores
- Overall GPA of at least 2.0 or higher
- CPR certification
What Will I Learn in RN Classes?
Knowledge / Theory
- Anatomy & composition
- Basic RN duties
- Family health & community care
- Types of disease & medical treatment
- Nursing practice & theory
- Safety & health procedures
Clinical / Laboratory Training
- Administration of IVs and medication
- Monitoring patient’s insulin and glucose levels
- Assisting patients
- How to draw blood
- Supervision training
- Communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Reporting skills
- Sterilization of health equipment
After successfully completing a CNA to RN program, you will be awarded a certificate in nursing at which point you are qualified to take the state certification and NCLEX-PN exam to become an official RN.
Ways to Pay for CNA to RN Training
- Online RN course – Costs for online classes are typically much lower than on campus classes. Be aware that you will have to attend on campus sites for clinical and laboratory training however.
- Ask your employer – If you are very passionate about nursing and demonstrate remarkable talent, your employer might help to cover some of the costs of RN training.
- Scholarships – You can search online for any possible scholarships for RN training.
- Financial aid – If you are financially bootstrapped you can also apply for financial aid to help cover the cost of training.
- Continue working as a CNA – You can also choose to take RN classes part time while you continue to work as a CNA.