Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is a great way to start making more money, but if you’re already fully-employed or don’t have the time in your schedule for regular classes, it can be difficult to complete a training course. That’s why so many people are interested in taking online classes. Online learning allows for students to study at their own pace from a location of their choosing. There are many obvious advantages to completing your instruction on the Internet, but there are also some pitfalls for the unprepared student.
The people that benefit the most from online training classes are independent workers and self-starters. Studying on your own requires that you be able to answer your own questions and stick to your routines without wavering. Because there is no one to rely on for motivation, the only person who will help you pass the class is yourself. For some other types of people, studying alone is a recipe for frustration. Without guidance or support groups for clarification and review of practice materials, it is possible to get lost and waste your energy trying to get out of your rut. There are other options besides online training that will be more suited to people that need support through CNA certification.
Another pitfall to self-guided online learning is the number of faulty study programs and illegitimate competitor sites. As with many aspects of the Internet, it can be difficult to verify the quality of an online training course. Many programs are created to attract hopeful applicants, only hooking them long enough to get money and then falling through. For example, some programs have incomplete study guides or partial reviews because they are unofficial teachers and inexperienced with the field of nursing. Other programs will offer different certifications besides the CNA and claim that the degree is just as valuable as authentic certification. In many states, you can only qualify for your certification after you have completed a state-approved nurse aide training program. If the website you find does not provide state-approved accreditation, do not invest in their training program. It will be a waste of time to complete a training program that is not approved to give credit for challenging the state certification exam.
The most shocking downside to online training programs is the cost. Because they are so popular and highly-demanded, many programs will increase their tuition rate for Internet-based learning. The actual costs of operating a virtual classroom are minimal, so legitimate online programs should be less expensive than other options, but this is not the case. Because they are offering a unique service and bringing education to your doorstep, the cost of virtual classes are often more expensive than the classes available at community colleges, vocational nursing schools, and nursing homes.
Overall, there are much better options for CNA training classes than a program offered through the Internet. In terms of class schedules and tuition, there are many local programs across the country that can offer the same flexibility and affordability of online classes. Convenience is a great quality, but the shortest path to certification does not guarantee an easy time achieving your CNA title. Take the time to do research on classes in your area. Your state’s nurse aide registry will have a long list of educational institutions in your area, and many of them will be more effective than online learning.