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Quick Facts: Nurse Assisting Industry

Median Pay:   $24,875 per year | $12 per hour
Entry-Level Education:   Postsecondary non-degree award

Nurse Assisting Occupations:

  • Nursing assistants$25,100
  • Orderlies$24,650

Online Nurse Assisting Degrees

To be eligible to work in many kinds of medical positions, such as that of registered nurse, surgeon or anesthesiologist, it can take many years of college education and formal training.

If you are eager to make the most of the growing healthcare industry, but you don't want to spend the next four or eight years studying before you can start earning a salary, then an entry-level career in nursing could be a great choice to consider.

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Quest College , San Antonio

Quest College is dedicated to providing career-focused, accessible education and helping individuals get the training, experience and support for the Allied Health and business industries.

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    Platt College , Online (campus option available)
    • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
    • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
    • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
    • 3 campuses in Southern California.
    • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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    Good for Working Adults
    • Accredited
    • Online Courses
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Accelerated Programs
    • Financial Aid
    • Transferable Credits
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    Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

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    * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information


    Good for Working Adults
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
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    Lincoln Tech , Mount Laurel
    • Encompasses the Lincoln Tech, Lincoln Culinary Institute, and Lincoln College of New England brands.
    • Lincoln schools made more than $15 million available nationally through scholarships to qualified students in 2015.
    • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media; offers exclusive scholarship for servicemen and women and their families.
    • First Lincoln Tech campus opened in 1946; now 30 campuses in 15 states across the United States.
    • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC)
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    Good for Working Adults
    • Flexible Scheduling
    • Financial Aid
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    CDI College , Scarborough
    • Has been one of the leading career training institutions in Canada for over 40 years.
    • Gives students the chance to complete a career-focused program in a matter of months.
    • Offers programs in healthcare, business, and technology.
    • Emphasizes hands-on training with practical projects.
    • Works with industry specialists to create relevant, up-to-date programs. 
    • Offers flexible schedule options— students can choose between day and evening classes.
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      • Providing ambitious students with the opportunity for an exciting new education and career since 1995.
      • Programs start every six months and range from 3-week programs to 14-month long associate degree programs.
      • Class sizes are usually no more than 25 students.
      • Has campuses located in Lansing, Jackson and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
      • Open late to accommodate the schedule of working adults, its career services provide access to computers, internet service, placement coordinators and job support.
      • Licensed as a private college by the State of Michigan and accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
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      Good for Working Adults
      • Flexible Scheduling
      • Financial Aid
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      • Training students for careers in the allied health field since 1994.
      • Recognized on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools List for accommodating military service members, veterans, and their spouses as students.
      • Has a MyUMA mobile app that provides classroom content, learning resources, grades, news, and more.
      • Offers no-charge SOAR Student Assistance for any problems concerning behavioral health, well-being, and/or academic performance.
      • Accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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        Why Brightwood?

        Real-World Training

        We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

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          • Has specialized in career training since 1982.
          • Offers beginning to advanced training in computer repair, medical assisting, cosmetology, nursing, and more.
          • Continually maintains programs according to industry needs by working closely with industry experts and employers.
          • Provides well-equipped training facilities to give students the advantage of hands-on training.
          • Its instructors attend seminars and workshops to keep current with new technology and topics.
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          • Accredited
          • Flexible Scheduling
          • Financial Aid
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          • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
          • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
          • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
          • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
          • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
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          An online program in nurse assisting can prepare you for a new career in as little as eight weeks, and you can complete the entire course from the comfort of home thanks to accredited online colleges.

          What is a CNA?

          A CNA is a certified nursing assistant, or someone who works under the supervision of a registered nurse or other nursing professional. Some of the responsibilities of a certified nursing assistant might be greeting patients, recording symptoms, updating patient records or taking the vital signs of office patients.

          Many CNAs work in assisted living facilities or nursing homes, which means that also work directly with older patients who need help getting dressed, eating, bathing or being transported to various locations like hospitals, dining areas or family homes.

          What Does a Nurse Assisting Course Entail?

          There is no exact curriculum or length of nurse assisting courses, but they typically last anywhere from eight weeks to six months. Nursing assistance courses are available through vocational training schools, community colleges, accredited online colleges and even some hospitals and medical facilities.

          Throughout the duration of the course, students are expected to learn more about subjects ranging from patient hygiene to electronic medical records to basic first aid and CPR. After the course is completed, most nurse assistants will take the extra step of taking the written competency examination offered in their state.

          After passing this exam, submitting to a background check and then passing a basic health screening examination, graduates of the program can officially call themselves certified nursing assistants.

          Why Study Nurse Assisting Online?

          Once you have decided to become a certified nursing assistant, you will be able to choose from a variety of different programs and courses that can help you prepare for the position. One of the best picks is often an online nurse assisting program.

          These certification courses can be completed on your own time, and they are ideal for busy students or those with irregular schedules. Just like any other course or degree program, you will watch class lectures, participate in group discussions with other students, take exams and even work through course materials.

          The difference is that almost everything in an online course can be completed from your laptop or home computer.

          If you want to become a CNA, an online program can be a fantastic way to prepare for your new career in nursing.