List of CNA Skill Categories

Within CNA training programs and examinations, there is a basic set of common skill as aspiring candidates will learn about.  These skills set forth a foundation for a CNA to learn and develop in both a classroom and a clinical setting.



A sample of the common foundation skill areas are:

  • Patient communication
  • Client rights
  • Feeding the patient
  • Bathing and dressing the patient
  • Working with medical equipment
  • Changing bed lines
  • Cleaning bed pans
  • Ambulating the patient
  • Oral care
  • Vital signs
  • Nail care
  • Foot care

These skills are also tested in both the written part of the CNA examination, as well as the clinical skills test that is required of CNA candidates. Please note: this does not cover all CNA skills, it’s just a sample.