Differences Between an Online CNA Training and Traditional In-Person Classes

This is an interesting question—what are the difference between an online CNA course and an in person CNA class? If you’re thinking of becoming a CNA, this might be a question that’s been on your mind for various reasons.

Before this is discussed in any further detail, it’s important to understand that not everyone is able to take online CNA training classes because of the fact that some states simply don’t allow it. States are free to make their own rules when it comes to training requirements (these are often set out by the Board of Nursing in each state) and some states feel it’s important for all skills related to medical training to be taught in person. With that said, there are other states that do allow online training and realize that when done properly, it can be quite beneficial to students and is a good means of conveying material and information. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to all situations as there are still some things that need to be learned in person and all CNAs are required (in all states) to take some in-person classes.

With that said, one of the primary differences between online CNA training courses and in-person training courses is that online courses generally cover topics that are more informational in nature and in-person classes covert topics that are more instructional, simply because as mentioned before, there are some things that can’t be taught via the internet. So online CNA programs may cover more theory related to medicine, where an in-person course may cover more specific skills such as how to move patients that are immobile, and other physical skills that CNAs may need to know.

Other differences may also be obvious like the fact that an online class typically doesn’t require seat time in a physical classroom or at least has a reduced amount of seat time, where in-person classes obviously require a person to be present. Also, another difference is that online classes typically allow for a person to have a flexible schedule in terms of when they study, where in-person classes typically have a fixed schedule that requires people to be in class during a certain time frame which is not usually able to be changed. With respect to other deadlines such as homework or submitting assignments, both types of courses generally have the same kind of deadlines that must be adhered to by students, although the specifics of things like this are up to schools and also instructors who teach the classes.