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Of the major nursing roles in the U.S. healthcare system, certified nursing assistant (CNA) is the most junior role. Though extensive and specialized healthcare training is not required, good interpersonal communication skills are usually necessary, since CNAs are the frontline providers of patient care. They help patients perform a broad range of daily tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN).

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Aspiring CNAs must complete a training program which typically lasts eight to ten weeks. Students are then required to pass a state-administered examination. In Nevada, the Nevada State Board of Nursing is in charge of CNA licensure. Thanks to the short duration of study and flexible class schedule, studying to become a CNA is very attractive to those managing busy work schedules.

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Employment outlook for nursing assistants
Nationwide, CNAs earn an average of $24,400 per year. Nevada’s population of nearly 5,000 CNAs earns close to $31,000 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of CNAs will grow by 21 percent over the next decade, which is significantly faster than the overall rate of employment growth.

Nevada’s nursing assistants can join major local employers such as St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and Genesis HealthCare. To help the state’s aspiring CNAs launch their careers, we have listed below several of Nevada’s top nursing assistant programs.