CNA class dropped me - Sad :(

  1. I was enrolled in a community college for this fall to take pre nursing courses full time. The CNA class that I also enrolled in was at the same comm college and they just notified me that I can not do both. I called and asked why and the CNA director said that my work load for the semester is too much to do with the CNA class and that I should just choose one. She told me that if I am going for my nursing degree, to focus on that because that is more important for now and that I could just take a CNA class over the summer break.


    I was a bit surprised that they could just drop me like that...
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  3. by   misscriss90
    How was your schedule looking like (how many credit hours)? I'm sure they could have asked if you could take one/two of your courses in the Spring term. Getting your CNA certification is important as well. It would give you experience once you found a job in the field plus an income while going to NS. Sorry to hear that they dropped you. I would contact them and ask about re-enrolling if you decide to drop one or two courses that you could do in the Spring.
  4. by   Pattycakes85
    I'll be taking 18 credits in the fall semester. If I had to make ONE choice, it'd be for the degree. So I don't want to postpone these classes I'm just bummed that I can't do both at the same time...
  5. by   rivershark2005
    Quote from Pattycakes85
    I'll be taking 18 credits in the fall semester.
    18 hours PLUS the CNA class? Yeah, I see why they dropped you. Around here, you really have to know someone to schedule 18 hours for yourself. You have to have the Chancellor's permission to take 21, and they don't usually let anyone. Seriously, 18 hours, plus the time you'll need to study, plus work (if you are working) and your time is running out quickly. When I took 21 hours a couple of years ago (different degree) and worked full time, I was sleeping 5 hours a night. Believe me, it adds up quick. So if you're unwilling to drop a class or two, they really have done you a favor by dropping you from the CNA class.
  6. by   alovelymother
    Anything more than 15 credits requires special permission at my school.
  7. by   Pattycakes85
    Thank you everyone.

    I guess I didn't grasp how much work load I was taking on. I feel better now!
  8. by   RunnerRN2015
    While I agree that 18 credits is A LOT, if you still want to take the CNA course (which requires no time outside of class), why not take the CNA course somewhere else?
  9. by   Pattycakes85
    I have thought about taking the course at another CC but they only offer clinicals on weekends and I have to work every Saturdays. I just quit my full time job and picked up another retail job once/twice a week. Yikes. Now maybe I should really wait now that Im working on weekends?
  10. by   Pattycakes85
    If I drop a class, it will be 15 credits. Do you guys think that will be okay with a CNA class? While working Saturday and Sundays?

    Thanks everyone!
  11. by   socialworknurse
    I took my CNA class on Saturdays while taking prenursing classes at community college. I wasn't working at the time though, and I had to time the week of clinicals and state exam with my other classes. It was a little overwhelming during finals week but it's doable. I took my CNA class at a private agency though, not the community college.
  12. by   rubato
    I took my 5 credit hour CNA class along with 15 credit hours of other classes, but without working. It was a super tough semester. Of course, the CNA class was only 5 weeks, but it was 8 hours a day/3 days a week. For that 5 weeks, I thought I was going to lose it. I scheduled it at the beginning of the semester, when my other classes would be a little easier. It can be done, I just wouldn't really recommend it if you're also working.
  13. by   Pattycakes85
    Thank you everyone for your input! It was very helpful. I ended up dropping a class and signing up for a CNA program elsewhere. Now Im happy! Everything ended up working out
  14. by   NightNerd
    Check out your state's board of nursing and see if there are any other approved CNA courses near you - maybe at a stand-alone nursing assistant school. I found one that is only a month long, which I am taking during my summer break before regular classes start, and it is a lot cheaper than the one at my CC. Just a thought.

    Also, if it's not absolutely dire that you take the class right now, assuming you'll be in your nursing program in a year or two, you can get your CNA license and work as a nursing student after you take that first med-surg class anyway. You've got options