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Career Overview

Entry Level Education

Postsecondary nondegree award

Patient Interaction

Very High

Body Fluid Interaction

Very High



Job Growth


Job Description:

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

What Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Do:

A certified nursing assistantÂ’s (CNA) main role is to provide basic care to patients, as well as assist them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own, such as bathing. In nursing or long-term care facilities, a CNA is often a patientÂ’s main caregiver.

How to Become One:

Earn a high school diploma or GED, plus nursing assistant training. You can find these programs at community colleges, trade schools and medical facilities. Candidates must pass the examination within two years of the time that they completed their CNA training programs. West Virginia allows a maximum of three examination attempts. A candidate who is still unsuccessful will need to retrain.


Arbors at Fairmont

Barbour County Technical Education Center (adult)

Bridgevalley Community & Technical College

Carver Career and Technical Education Center

Eastern WV Community & Technical College

Fred W. Eberle Technical Center

Garnet Career Center

James Rumsey Technical Institute

John D. Rockefeller – IV Career Center School of Practical Nursing

Randolph Technical Center

United Technical Center

Wyoming County Career-Tech Center