American red cross CNA training?

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    hey everyone !

    I was wondering if any of you did the red cross cna training and if so did you like it!? Im currently taking all my pre reqs for the nursing program at quincy college.i was thinking of doing the red cross training in the summer so i can quit my two part time jobs at restaurants (=/ not a fan of restaurants) and start a healthcare career ! if anyone did it in the massachusetts area id especially like to hear about it!

    thanks =]
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    I've heard wonderful things about American Red Cross courses!
    Where I'm at, the American Red Cross training is highly regarded and it looks good on your resume but it's also through-the-roof expensive (like $1000). If money is any kind of problem for you, I'd check around first before I took it there (I took my training at a technical school for about $450). Otherwise, ARC is your best bet.
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    Well - I'm out here on the Left Coast, and had a rather different experience, to say the least.

    Just completed ARC & have to say - think twice before committing. This program was really quite a disappointment. Took it through the Inland Empire chapter & it tends to make me think that their program needs some outside evaluation - here's a short sampler.

    First - the instructors were (IMO) unnecessarily hard-nosed with the students; the experience was closer to "boot camp for CNA's" than an educational experience. I was thoroughly sick of being treated like a three year old by the time we went to our clinical site.

    Second - there were continual changes of direction, both in the class and at the clinical site; we'd get instructions to meet in a given location at a given time, and literally with 15 minutes to go before the meeting (if the instructor bothered to disseminate it at all) we'd get contradictory instructions - end result was we had students coming in from all directions, and of course it was the student's fault for not listening. Assume that you're getting instructions from an early-stage dementia patient, and that was what it was like.

    Third - class size was too large. The lab was set up for 15 students, tops. We had 30 students, and it was expected that we'd just sort out among ourselves who used the lab & who would use the classroom. End result was the less assertive students never got the opportunity to practice skills & the more assertive ones didn't necessarily ace the class, either.

    Fourth - HUGE emphasis on homework. The skills we weren't able to practice in the lab? Yep - we were supposed to use relatives & items at home to practice on. So, you're now in the position of using relatives as lab dummies to practice bed baths, peri care, etc. To some extent I can see doing this - taking blood pressure readings really takes a fair amount of practice, and I could understand that. But bed baths? C'mon - I had to drive 2 hours to get people to practice vitals on - asking them to allow me to practice making an occupied bed using their linens/beds/bodies/etc.? Or peri care? And, don't get me started on dentures - at least that I could do outside of the lab (when I could get the materials to practice with). Nonono - I paid $1900 for this class; you need to provide me with the proper materials to practice with.

    So - do I necessarily disparage ARC training altogether? Nope - but, try and get some feedback from former students before signing on the dotted line. If you can't get that, consider looking at other area programs - for instance, my niece took CNA training through a local ROP & had a very good experience.

    The ARC programs aren't all the same - caveat emptor.

    ----- Dave


    p.s. Before dismissing this out of hand, consider these points: (a) I hold a B.S. in Computer Science from a state university; (b) I have 23 years of workforce experience as an IT professional, and (c) I passed state certification through the above-mentioned program; this isn't "hating" or anything of the sort - it's a genuine problem. And, it's been duly reported back to ARC in Los Angeles.
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    Quote from IEDave
    .....
    First - the instructors were (IMO) unnecessarily hard-nosed with the students...
    Second - there were continual changes of direction, both in the class and at the clinical site;....
    Third - class size was too large.
    Fourth - HUGE emphasis on homework.
    So - do I necessarily disparage ARC training altogether? Nope ....
    The ARC programs aren't all the same - caveat emptor.
    ......
    (a) I hold a B.S. in Computer Science...(b) I have 23 years of workforce experience ...(c) I passed state certification through....ARC in Los Angeles.
    Thanks for the info.
    I checked and SoCal is $1900, NorCal (just north of SF, only 2 loc's) is $1395 and available ARC Scholarship (worth $500--I should qualify--bringing it down to $895+90exam = $985).
    I'm looking at ARC b/c of its length: 4wks vs. CC (a semester) and Adult School (9wks), both around $600 including exam fee.
    More importantly, ARC starts in April 3rd whereas CC (August) and Adult School (September). So time-wise, it's well worth that extra $300-$400 (also rent-wise).

    (It'd be so nice if I finish the CNA program and get selected to CCSF Nursing program--lottery result comes out around April 20)

    ***I just recently found out at most any mid to large cities have Adult Schools that offer tuition-free courses (very limited) but look into them***

    **Note: I'm only attempting the cthe above-mentioned program; ondensed 4wks course b/c I already have an A.S. and a B.A. and all Nursing pre-reqs done.
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    Back in the early 90s, I got my CNA from the ARC in Florida. It was a 6 week program and I had wonderful instructors. I think the quality all depends on the chapter of the ARC your are going through to get the certification. Unfortunately, this means some programs are better than others across the country.

    The ARC program is usually less expensive than the community college course.
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    "The ARC program is usually less expensive than the community college course."

    This statement needs to be qualified w/ a location.

    Here in CA, local CCs' tuition is at $36/credit hr.; NA program is 6 sh x $36 = $216 + $180 book & exam + $ fees/supplies.
    The cheapest ARC program in CA is $1395.

    My class starts 3/28 down in E. LA area.


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