This report provides insights for training programs and policymakers on the benefits and drawbacks of certified nursing assistant (CNA) training and ways to incorporate career pathway advancement opportunities. It draws from information in the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program, which provides healthcare education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. Ninety percent of HPOG grantees offered CNA training, and it was the most frequently taken training by HPOG participants. CNA is one of the fastest growing occupations that require some postsecondary education but no degree. At the same time, CNAs earn low wages, with annual mean earnings near the poverty level, suggesting the importance of advancement.
Insights for Training Programs and Policymakers from the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program