Do you want to be in the medical profession? Do you have a caring heart when it comes to the elderly? You might be a perfect candidate to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Click here for a list of approved Tennessee programs and call the program nearest you for more information.

Training includes 40 hours of classroom learning and either 35 or 60 hours of supervised clinical instruction. If the program is offered through a nursing home, there is no charge for training, books or testing fees. In most cases, you will complete the program in four months.

Other important links

Stories from caregivers: Click here for videos of long-term care professionals sharing their stories of inspiration

Long-term care workforce resources from the American Health Care Association

CNA Essay Contest: Thirty-six people submitted entries to THCA’s second CNA Essay Contest. Participants answered the question “What would you tell a friend who was considering a job as a CNA in long-term care?”.  Here are the winners voted on by THCA’s Membership Services Committee.

Savannah Delffs, first place

Elizabeth Hurlbut, second place

Melissa Carpenter, third place