Ok, I had been desperate to get my foot in the door with a Nurse Aide course. I went to a couple of local community colleges. The first one had open registration beginning at 8:30AM. I called myself getting there pretty early only to find a line extending outside of the building. As it turned out, 350 showed up for 96 spots. I tried the other community college and they had spots available, however it would require class/clinicals from 7:30AM-4:00PM EVERY Saturday and Sunday for 2 months in addition to night classes two days a week from 6-10pm. This presents a problem because I have 2 small children and a husband that works most weekends, and also is in the Army reserve.
I was flipping through the classified ads of a newspaper when I saw a home health agency that offered a Personal Care training course ($349 for a month long class that meets 4x per week for 5 hours each evenings/2 week class/2 week clinical in a LTC facility). They stressed that this training meets the need for students to take the state exam to get a CNA. I was so excited. I ran over the next day and registered and paid a deposit. The agency was really a house but I observed a class in action (it was their last day and they were having a "graduation"). There were only 2 spots remaining and I grabbed on of them.
My question is this: Does it matter where the nurse aide training comes from? I know that requirements will vary by state, but I did check w/ my state (North Carolina) and one is eligible to be listed on the CNA registry if they either pass the competency exam or recieve training from an approved 75-hour course and also pass the exam. My hope is to get my CNA and then gain employment in an acute care setting since I'm going to nursing school
. Will training w/ an agency leave any training out that a technical school would cover? Or does it matter? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks guys!!!