How Much Homework in CNA School?

  1. I've heard the training isn't too intense, but I was wondering how much homework is typically involved? I'll be taking the classes over an 8-week period in the evenings. I don't work, but I am taking a full course load of nursing school pre-requisites during the day becuase my ultimate goal is to go into a BSN program in a year. I just want to figure out if this is something that is doable for me, or if I should skip the CNA training all together and just focus on getting in to nursing school. Thanks in advance for any advice you may have!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   yousoldtheworld
    Every course will be different, of course, but in mine, there was no homework.

    The only thing I did outside of class was practice taking blood pressures.
  4. by   Penny82
    My class was 7 weeks and I had homework/reading every pretty much every night. I had a very strict teacher though. I also took a full course load of nursing pre-reqs and didn't have any trouble. I don't know where you live, but here the BSN programs are hard to get in to. Having experience as a CNA will only help you so I wouldn't skip it.
  5. by   BabyGirlx3
    Yeah every course is different. Mine was a 2wk course, and we had homework every night. A couple chapters to do, plus she would make us write out our skills on index cards. It actually came in handy
  6. by   AzDeb
    My CNA class was 5 1/2 weeks and I had homework every night. We had to read a couple chapters and do all the review questions as homework. Along with that, we had to practice taking blood pressure and TPR's. And memorize our abbreviations. I know not all classes have homework, but I know I had a lot of homework and studying to do. I hope it all works out for you! Best Wishes.
  7. by   KimberlyRN89
    My class was 4 weeks, and we had to read every night. We had a test every couple of days. But honestly its not stuff that is too hard, so I think you will be just fine.
  8. by   CoffeemateCNA
    Our "homework" consisted of reading the notes for the next class period (which were in bullet-point format) and doing a wordsearch or fill-in-the-blank from the textbook. Nothing that couldn't really be done during commercial breaks while watching TV ()
  9. by   Kyla.ann
    Mine was a 6 week course and we never had homework. We didn't even have a textbook. My instructor printed out TONS of handouts for us and usually gave us two or three an evening that we went over in class. I honestly found the CNA class to be pretty simple.
  10. by   yousoldtheworld
    Quote from Kyla.ann
    Mine was a 6 week course and we never had homework. We didn't even have a textbook. My instructor printed out TONS of handouts for us and usually gave us two or three an evening that we went over in class. I honestly found the CNA class to be pretty simple.
    My class was all handouts, too, except mine was only about 2 weeks (plus clinicals). I honestly don't think these long classes are necessary - you do all your learning on the floor. With the exception of taking vitals, it's not stuff that you need to learn in the classroom, in my opinion.

    So yeah, even if you have homework, it should be pretty quick and easy .
  11. by   yousoldtheworld
    The trickiest part, really, is just memorizing the steps they want you to do for the test. It's common sense stuff, it's just nerve wracking to do them in a testing setting. Especially for someone like me - I HATE being watched doing anything.
  12. by   gymnut
    If I get into the night class I will only be going Tuesdays, Thursdays and have clinicals on Saturdays so I wonder what kind of homework we will have as well?

    I have a feeling we will have a good amount since our classes are so spaced out. This way it keeps our brains active in the downtime. I mean what the class will go over on Thursday will probably be half forgotten by the time Tuesday rolls around.
  13. by   KB24
    We didn't have any homework, but the teacher gave us homework packets for extra credit and to study for the tests.
  14. by   2ndshot
    I didn't have much homework. It was mainly optional. Our class had packets to do for extra credit, too. Which really helped on test day. Also, I believe I studied my abbreviations often, but no more than 30-40 minutes.

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