When you decide to become a nurse aide you should check if you have the minimum qualification to become one, as most of the schools and colleges where this course is offered require that the candidates should have at least a high school diploma or an equivalent GED. Also check up with various job sites to know what the employers demand or expect from the candidates they would hire. There are so many top nursing schools in 2012 that offer this course that you might get confused which one you should select.
Your selection can be based on various criterion like the quality of education offered at the school. This is a very important thing that you should consider before investing your precious time. Check with your friends what the market value of that course is. Some hospitals prefer students from a particular school. I had an American Red Cross near my home that offered this kind course. I had no friends working as nurse aides. So I went to a reputed hospital to know that if I completed my course from here, what would be my chances of getting hired. I got a very positive feedback and also had peace of mind that I would get good education. So the market value of a school or college is very important.
An important criterion selecting CNA classes can be the price of the course. Some schools quote only their tuition fees but do not include prices of other things like study materials and supplies like shoes, uniform, scrubs, watch, stethoscope. They also do not include the fees for fingerprint cards, health checkup, exam fees in their fees. Some schools have an all-inclusive package that includes all this. So when you compare the prices, make sure that you add up the cost of all this.
The various nursing assistant courses that are offered free by various long term facilities and nursing homes. These patient care facilities will hire you are nurse aides trainees and cover up the entire cost of the program. They might ask you to sign an agreement to work for for them for a minimum period of time. An advantage getting trained form such a place is that after you get your license, you will get a job immediately and not have to hunt for one.