View Full Version : Any CNA's out there? - Schooling question

06-08-2011, 03:06 PM
Josiah wants to be a missionary to Africa. He has wanted this since he was 6 years old. He is hoping to become a CNA and a missionary pilot.

Our local school has a CNA program for high schoolers. What has me confused is that they say that after he gets his certification, he has to get a job in order to keep his license. Since he wants to be a missionary as soon as possible, we're now not sure if this is do-able.

Does anyone know what the requirements are to keep your CNA certification? Thanks so much!

06-08-2011, 04:38 PM
CNA = certified nursing assistant?

There are continuing education requirements for keeping your license, and the documentation for that is handled by the employer.

CNA training is usually focused on nursing home or home care situations. If he wants basic medical training to use in the mission field, maybe EMT would be a better choice?

Jo in PRC
06-08-2011, 06:33 PM
Our oldest got his CNA certificate two summers ago. This is his second year of working during the summer as a CNA at a nursing home. It hasn't been a problem for him to work only during the summers. The nursing home did offer him hours if he wanted to return to CO during Christmas or Spring Break too. It's a great introduction into the health field. Our son is in a nursing program at Bethel, so this has been great experience (and money) for him.

I just asked Sam and he said you do have to work a certain amount of time each year (maybe two months) to maintain your license. That should be doable even as your son prepares for the mission field.