I was just wondering if there was any difference in what you learn if you take a 6 week CNA course vs. longer at a tech school. Here's my situation - currently I'm enrolled in pre-req's for the LPN program at my local technical college. The next admittance for the program is March '08 and they don't send letters out until the end of February. If I make an A in the two classes I'm taking right now, I'm pretty sure I'll get in for the spring program although there's no guarantee as it's a competitive program.
Since I don't have anymore pre-reqs to take after this quarter, I'll have nothing to do for the winter quarter which starts in Jan. The tech school said I could take the CNA course over the winter quarter, which would be about 11 weeks long and of course they make you take some filler courses that have nothing do with CNA but I could take all three classes for the CNA certificate in one quarter.
Or my other option is going to an agency in the area that offers a 6 week CNA course that includes the exam fee in their cost and it will also start in January.
Our finances are suffering with my not working and I'd like to work part-time as a CNA while going through LPN school. And if I don't get into the spring program, at least I'll have the CNA to keep me going until the fall LPN program starts. The LPN program, once it starts, is 12 months long and it would be nice to have some extra knowledge since right now I have no healthcare experience at all. I'm hoping I can work weekend night shifts as a CNA so that I can have the weekdays for LPN classes (if I'm lucky enough to get into the program in March. If not, then I can work full-time as a CNA until the next classes start).
The six week course is accredited by my state but I don't know if employers would rather hire someone who did the course in 6 weeks vs. going to the tech school where it might look like you received more training.
What do ya'll suggest? Enrollment for the 6 week course is sometime in Nov. and I need to make a decision soon. I'm definitely going to take the CNA course, just don't know which route would be most beneficial.