Most people think that in order to start a career in healthcare, in Nebraska or anywhere else, you need to spend years at college. That’s not true, and while it may not be one of the highest paying medical careers out there, becoming a certified nurses aide can get you started in the healthcare industry in a matter of months, and with very little investment.
Let’s take a closer look at what Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training and certification in Nebraska entails.
How Do You Qualify to Train as a CNA in Nebraska?
If you want to train as a CNA in Nebraska, there are a few prerequisites that you need to have in place before you apply. Firstly, you need to be 16 years or older. Secondly, you need to be able to speak, read, and write English. If you qualify on those grounds, then the next step is to find an approved CNA training program in the state.
State Approved CNA Training In Nebraska
In Nebraska, schools and facilities offering CNA training have to be approved by the Nebraska Department of Health. The good news is that there is state approved training available from community colleges, non profit organizations, third party training facilities, nursing homes and hospitals throughout the state, so finding an approved course near you shouldn’t be too hard.
What to Expect From Nebraska CNA Training
There are a few different CNA training options in Nebraska, unlike other states.
If you want to work in facilities that cater only to mentally handicapped patients, then there is a special 21 hour CNA training course that you can take. If you opt for this course, however, you will limit your employment opportunities to those facilities only.
All other state approved CNA training courses must be a minimum of 75 hours long. It covers basic nursing, patient care, infection control, reporting, and other aspects of the job. There’s also a mandatory additional 1 hour training module related to reporting abuse and neglect that all Nebraska trained CNA’s have to take.
How to Get Certified As a Nurses Aide In Nebraska
Once you have completed a state approved CNA training course in Nebraska, the next step is to get registered and certified. That requires you to take and pass the competency exam administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. When you have passed that exam (which is offered in various locations throughout the state, several times a month), you can apply to be registered on the Nebraska Nurses Aide Registry, which allows you to seek employment as a CNA anywhere in the state.
Earnings and Outlook for a CNA in Nebraska
There is expected to be a 23% growth in the demand for Certified Nurse Assistants in Nebraska between now and 2016, which makes this a career choice with good prospects. You can also expect to earn an average salary of $22,900 in the state, and you should also note that for many other nursing and medical careers in the state, a CNA certification is an entrance requirement.
So if you’re looking to get involved in the healthcare business in Nebraska, training and qualifying as a CNA is a very good first step.
Nebraska Nurse Aide Registry
NE Department of Health & Human Services
Regulation and Licensure Credentialing Division
301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
Phone: (402) 471-0537
License Verification: (402) 471-0537
Nebraska State Board of Nursing
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3121
Accredited CNA Training Classes & Programs in Nebraska
Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences Nursing Assistant Program – Lincoln
5035 Everett Street, Lincoln, NE 68506
Clarkson College – Omaha
101 South 42nd Street, Omaha, NE 68131
Metropolitan Community College CNA Class – Omaha
Fort Omaha Campus, Omaha, NE 68103
Mid-Plains Community College CNA Training Course – McCook
1205 East 3rd Street, McCook, Nebraska 69001
Nebraska Methodist College Nurse Aide Program – Omaha
720 North 87th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114
Northeast Community College – Norfolk
801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702
Northeast Community College CNA Training Program – S. Sioux City
3309 Daniels Lane, South Sioux City, NE 68776
Northeast Community College Nurse Aide Training – West Point
202 Anna Stalp, West Point, Nebraska 68788
Northeast Community College Nursing Assistant Course – O’Neill
409 East Adams Street, O’Neill, Nebraska 68763
Southeast Community College – Hebron
Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home, 220 Park Ave., Hebron, Nebraska 68370
Southeast Community College – Wahoo, South Haven
1400 Mark Dr., Wahoo, NE 68066
Southeast Community College – Nebraska City
1800 14th Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410
Southeast Community College Continuing Education Center – Lincoln
301 South 68th Street Place, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
Southeast Community College Nurse Aide Training Course – Tecumseh
1133 North 3rd Street, Tecumseh, Nebraska 68450
Southeast Community College Nurse Aide Training Program – Beatrice
4771 West Scott Rd., Jackson Hall Room 215, Beatrice, NE 68310