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CNA Training in Georgia

CNA Classes in Georgia

CNA classes in Georgia are available to students of all backgrounds who wish to start training for an entry-level career in healthcare.

As the position’s title implies, the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) works as an assistant to Registered Nurses (RNs) and other medical professionals at facilities ranging from hospitals and clinics, to patient’s private residences. Training requirements for this position can usually be completed in a matter of months, and no college degree is required.

Learn more about this popular healthcare position in the following guide to becoming certified in Georgia.



Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant in Georgia

The process for becoming a CNA in Georgia consists of three main steps. These are listed below:

  1. Complete a nursing assistant training program accredited by the Georgia Medicaid Management Information System (GAMMIS)*
  2. Pass the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam for certification
  3. Get your name added to the Georgia Certified Nurse Aide Registry

*Programs accredited by GAMMIS require students to complete 85 hours in the classroom in addition to 24 hours of hands-on clinical training.

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Deciding on a CNA Program

In order to ensure that you choose the CNA program that best fits your personal needs, it is strongly recommended that you start your search process by putting together a list of things to look for. At the top of this list should be program accreditation.

The Georgia Medicaid Management Information System (GAMMIS), which is part of the Georgia Department of Community Health (GDCH), is responsible for accrediting CNA programs in the state. Graduates from accredited programs are immediately eligible to test for certification, so it is imperative that you only consider accredited programs to attend.

In addition to program accreditation, you should also find out about things like the cost of the program, how long it will take to finish your training, etc. Consider including the following questions on your list:

  • What is the size of each class? (i.e. How many students per instructor?)
  • How much does the entire program cost?
  • What was the pass rate for your recent graduates on the NNAAP?
  • How long does it take for the typical student to complete the program?

By keeping track of the answers to these questions, as well as those you may have personally, you can quickly narrow down your options to a small number of programs. This great increases your chances of choosing a program that will provide the results you’re looking for.

CNA Certification in Georgia

Upon completing an accredited training program, you’ll be ready for the most-important step in the certification process – taking the certification exam. The State of Georgia uses the nationally-recognized National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) as its official assessment for CNA certification.

The NNAAP is composed of a timed, multiple-choice written exam, as well as a skills demonstration section. The skills demonstration is performed in a clinical setting under the observation of an instructor. You must pass both parts of the exam in order to become certified.

The NNAAP is administered by PearsonVUE, a respected national test provider. You can contact PearsonVUE directly here to find out about coming test dates and locations, as well as to request study guides, etc. for the exam itself.

 

CNA Job Outlook for Georgia

The outlook for Certified Nursing Assistants in Georgia is extremely bright according to the latest data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Per the USDL’s May 2016 projections, there should be a 19% increase in new positions for CNAs in the state through 2024. This equates to an additional 1,530 jobs every year for new nursing assistants in Georgia.

CNA Salary and Wage Data

The table below provides current salary data for CNAs throughout the region. This information was taken from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

AreaType of Pay10%25%Median75%90%
United StatesHourly$8.80$10.07$11.74$14.16$16.99
Salary$18,300 $20,900 $24,400 $29,500 $35,300
GeorgiaHourly$7.91$8.73$10.15$11.66$14.21
Salary$16,500 $18,200 $21,100 $24,300 $29,600

Accredited CNA Classes in Georgia

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Albany Technical College1704 South Slappey BoulevardAlbany31701www.albanytech.edufacebook
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Athens Technical College800 U.S. Hwy 29 NorthAthens30601www.athenstech.edu/facebook
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Atlanta Technical College1560 Metropolitan Pky SWAtlanta30310-4446www.atlantatech.edu/facebook
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Augusta Technical College3200 Augusta Tech DriveAugusta30906www.augustatech.edufacebook
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Bainbridge State College2500 E Shotwell StBainbridge39819www.bainbridge.edufacebook
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Central Georgia Technical College80 Cohen Walker DriveWarner Robins31088www.centralgatech.edufacebook
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Columbus Technical College928 Manchester ExpyColumbus31904-6572www.columbustech.edu/facebook
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Everest Institute-Jonesboro6431 Tara BlvdJonesboro30236-1214jonesboro.everestinstitute.edufacebook
Fortis College-Smyrna2108 Cobb ParkwaySmyrna30080-7630fortis.edu/smyrnafacebook
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Georgia Northwestern Technical CollegeOne Maurice Culberson DriveRome30161www.gntc.edufacebook
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Georgia Piedmont Technical College495 N Indian Creek DrClarkston30021-2397www.gptc.edufacebook
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Gwinnett Technical College5150 Sugarloaf ParkwayLawrenceville30043-5702www.GwinnettTech.edufacebook
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Lanier Technical College2990 Landrum Education DrOakwood30566www.laniertech.edufacebook
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Moultrie Technical College800 Veterans Parkway NorthMoultrie31788www.moultrietech.edufacebook
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Oconee Fall Line Technical College1189 Deepstep RdSandersville31082www.oftc.edufacebook
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Ogeechee Technical College - StatesboroOne Joseph E. Kennedy BlvdStatesboro30458www.ogeecheetech.edufacebook
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Okefenokee Technical College - Waycross1701 Carswell AveWaycross31503www.okefenokeetech.edufacebook
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Savannah Technical College5717 White Bluff RdSavannah31405-5594www.savannahtech.edufacebook
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South Georgia Technical College900 South GA Tech ParkwayAmericus31709www.southgatech.edufacebook
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Southeastern Technical College3001 E First StVidalia30474www.southeasterntech.edufacebook
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Southern Crescent Technical College501 Varsity RdGriffin30223-2042www.sctech.edufacebook
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Southwest Georgia Technical College15689 US Hwy 19 NorthThomasville31792-9960www.southwestgatech.edu/facebook
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West Georgia Technical College176 Murphy Campus Blvd.Waco30182www.westgatech.edufacebook
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Wiregrass Georgia Technical College4089 Val Tech RdValdosta31602www.wiregrass.edufacebook
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Woodruff Medical Training and Testing2637 North Decatur RoadDecatur30033-6103woodruffmedicalcareers.comfacebook

Resources for CNAs in Georgia

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
American Nurses Association
Emergency Nurses Association
Atlanta GA
Augusta GA
Columbus GA
Decatur GA
Marietta GA
Albany GA
Macon GA

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