CNA course w/no Instructor???

  1. I live in the state of GA, (west of Atlanta), finding it almost impossible to find a place that offers an evening CNA class.
    I work full time and attend school part time, taking pre-reqs for LPN. the tech colleges in my area are not offering the CNA course.
    Finally found a small facility that offers it. For evenings class there is no instructor basically a recorded lecture. (how odd is that??) was told clinicals are done on site at the hospital, or LTC fac. its 5pm-10pm Mon thru Friday for 15days at the cost of $750.00 (evening differential,) to take the state exam its extra $100.00. I have called every medical training facility in my area, from the phone book, this was the only place that had the evening class.
    What other questions should I ask them?
    Would like to hear anyones thoughts on this...should I go for it??
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   pagandeva2000
    Never heard of this. I would at least find out how the actual clinical will be. Sometimes, clinicals are not what is expected; some instructors will not go out of their way to give you experience, and then, there are always the nurses or aides that may not do so, either. If this is your only option, ask them if you can see the program or see the place where they are doing their on site instruction. That is very important, because you will have to know those skills to do the skills portion of the exam, and they can pick any 5 out of MANY.
  4. by   TiggerBelly
    If I am paying $750 for a class I want a human being teaching me how to care for patients and be able to ask them questions and get feedback. Never heard of a recorded lecture on something like this. Are there nursing homes in your area that you could get on the job training from just to get the experience? Some places you can get your Certificate that way.
  5. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from TiggerBelly
    If I am paying $750 for a class I want a human being teaching me how to care for patients and be able to ask them questions and get feedback. Never heard of a recorded lecture on something like this. Are there nursing homes in your area that you could get on the job training from just to get the experience? Some places you can get your Certificate that way.

    I agree! This is entry level nursing, where it is most important to practice body mechanics, interact with patients and do basic care. Too many accidents happen even under the best of circumstances and to send people out to a site blindly is placing the student as well as the residents in jeopardy. If you are injured during your clinical there, how would you be able to complete the LPN program? Is this a requirement for your LPN program to complete a CNA course? In your case, if it is not, maybe forfeit it and get the training at school. If it is, then, you just may have to bite the bullet and see what you can sacrifice. Maybe a change in your hours at work for the bigger goal... I know it is a hard decision, but in the end, you will be a nurse and your body and conscience will be intact.
  6. by   avery157
    Make sure they are certified by the state. If they are not you will not be able to take
    the state test and get licensed!! Call 678-527-3010 this is the Georgia Health Partnership. They will also have a list of classes in your area. I think the problem
    is not working on the skills you need to know to pass your state test.
    I think the main thing is being sure this class is approved by the state so you
    can take the state test when you are done otherwise you have wasted
    your money and that is a lot of money!! Good Luck!!
    Last edit by jb2u on Dec 3, '07 : Reason: TOS Violation

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