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.  (note: this does not cover all CNA skills that developed, but is a sample)