FULL TIME student while taking CNA course!! Help!

  1. My school offered the CNA program last semester. I signed up but the teacher became ill and they cancelled the program. This spring I signed up for 17 hrs( the last of my nursing prerequisite classes) and the inform me that the CNA program is back on. I am so scared. It's a night class Mondays and Wednesdays (6-9 pm) and my prerequisite classes are spread out through the week so I am going for it! I want to be able to work part time during nursing school. I hope this was the right decision. Has anyone else taken the CNA program while taking a full load?
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   ph94
    I'm doing the same starts Tuesday.
  4. by   mschellerae
    I'm also in the same boat....I start Feb 5th
  5. by   Cham1028
    Quote from ph94
    I'm doing the same starts Tuesday.
    How is the class going so far?
  6. by   Cham1028
    Quote from mschellerae
    I'm also in the same boat....I start Feb 5th
    Good luck :-) I have gotten some feedback from a few people who have taken the course and they say its not too bad.
  7. by   Teeanne
    I'm doing the same, full time finishing prereqs while taking the CNA class so I can hopefully work part time during nursing school. Mine is also on M/W nights! I start this Wednesday.

    When do you start?
  8. by   JeffreyT89
    Sounds like we are all on the same path. I start my CNA course February 6th. I wish everyone the best of luck
  9. by   Cham1028
    Quote from Teeanne
    I'm doing the same, full time finishing prereqs while taking the CNA class so I can hopefully work part time during nursing school. Mine is also on M/W nights! I start this Wednesday.When do you start?
    I start school tomorrow and the CNA program Monday the 28th.
  10. by   stewartfamily2010
    It's good to know I'm not alone, and therefore CAN do it. I'm a mom of two toddlers, a wife to a husband (nuff said!), I work full time M-F, am taking my final pre-req Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and doing a weekend CNA program which I commute to, about an hour each way, on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-3:30. That'll be switching over to 7-2:30 once our clinicals start which means I'll be having to leave my house at about 5:30 to make it on time. I've been at it since Janurary 12th and it ends April 28th. I was exhausted and took a nap yeterday when I got home. I know it'll be worth it when I have to quit my full time job to do the nursing program and can only work part time as a CNA.
  11. by   Cham1028
    Quote from stewartfamily2010
    It's good to know I'm not alone, and therefore CAN do it. I'm a mom of two toddlers, a wife to a husband (nuff said!), I work full time M-F, am taking my final pre-req Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and doing a weekend CNA program which I commute to, about an hour each way, on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-3:30. That'll be switching over to 7-2:30 once our clinicals start which means I'll be having to leave my house at about 5:30 to make it on time. I've been at it since Janurary 12th and it ends April 28th. I was exhausted and took a nap yeterday when I got home. I know it'll be worth it when I have to quit my full time job to do the nursing program and can only work part time as a CNA.
    WOW!!! My hat is off to you. I can only imagine having kids ( toddlers at that) working and going to school. That is awesome! I worked as a toddler teacher at a learning center for 5 years. I resigned in November 2012 to pursue school full time. ( I still live at home lol so that was a great help) your post was really an inspiration. My program starts the 28th of this month and ends April 12th keep me posted with how class goes. :-)
  12. by   funtimes
    CNA school is relatively easy and doesnt require much studying from my experience. Clinicals can be kind of taxing, like CNA work in general, but even those dont require studying really.

    The only real studying I did was for the state practical exam, which did require memorizing a ridiculous number of steps and doing things exactly like they want. I mean there was like a dozen plus steps that had to be done in order just to put someone on a ******* bed pan, and pretty much all the skill stations were like that.
  13. by   stewartfamily2010
    Thanks I appreciate it!
  14. by   Stephalump
    While I wasn't in school during my CNA program, I very we'll could have been. I spent exactly zero time outside of school studying or preparing for class and exactly zero time prepping for the state exam.

    Of course class still takes up time and you need to make sure it isn't taking up necessary study hours for other classes. But in most cases I think you'd be ok.

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