The 5 W’s of CNA Classes

We all know what the 5 W’s are when it comes to a news story: Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Of course, some people often add How to that list; even if it’s not a W, it still contains important information for the reader. Those questions should be asked by anyone looking into CNA classes, as well.

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Who should take CNA classes? The truth is, they’re not for everybody.

For one thing, not everybody can handle taking classes or entering a training program. If your life is up in the air right now and you can’t be sure you’ll make it to all the classes in your program, then it might be a good idea to wait until things settle down before you commit to a series of can classes.

Another important consideration is whether working as a CNA is right for you. Ask yourself

  • Do you care about people, even when they are at their worst?

  • Can you take directions from people above you in your health care system?

  • Do you pay attention to what’s going on around you?

  • Are you willing to perform some unpleasant tasks, knowing that it will make someone’s life better?

If so, you may be an excellent candidate for classes.


CNA classes are challenging, because there is a lot you need to know in order to be the best help possible to your patients and your medical staff.

You will learn anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, infection control, taking vital signs, recording and communicating medical information, and specific knowledge that will help you in certain areas of health care, such as working with the elderly, children, or the mentally ill.

You will also train in very practical ways, under the supervision of your instructors, so that when it’s time for you to go on the floor, you’ll already be experienced in patient care techniques. And don’t forget, you have to pass a state test in order to receive your license to do all these things.


Classes are held at different times of the day, at different points throughout the year. In some areas, you can take the academic parts of your training online, but the practical areas still require you to find the time to meet with your class and instructors.

Many classes are offered at night for those who must maintain other jobs during the day. It may depend on the facility that’s offering the training, but in most cases it’s not too difficult to find a class schedule that matches yours.


There are several different institutions and facilities that offer can classes. Some of these include:

  • Community colleges. These schools are focused on giving people job skills to help them improve their lives and the lives of the community.

  • Hospitals. Large hospitals have many different educational programs in place, including CNA classes.

  • The Red Cross. The American Red Cross is one of the most reputable CNA training programs in the country. It also has the advantage of being widespread throughout the US, so most people have access to one of these excellent programs.


Why do people take classes? Why should you? There are a couple of good reasons.

  • You care about people and want to help them.

  • You are interested in the medical field.

  • You are looking for a field with upward mobility—CNAs are just the first level of a medical system that goes up to med tech, LPN, RN, MD, and even administrator.

  • The health care field will always have job security.


If these 5 W’s apply to you, you are a good candidate for classes. The next step is to call your local community college, hospital, or Red Cross and find out more about their CNA classes. Any of these places will be more than happy to send you the information you need for free.