I have a question for the people who took their CNA/STNA classes in two weeks (including clinicals): Do you feel that there was too much information crammed into a short period of time? Were you able to absorb enough and practice your skills enough to feel comfortable taking your certification exam? Would you recommend to somebody to take the classes in two weeks?
I'm asking because I'm enrolled to start STNA classes Sept. 10th. The classes are only 2 weeks long, and after reading a lot on this forum, it seems like there is SO MUCH to learn and I don't know how it get crammed into 2 weeks. I haven't really been able to find anything out about my school's reputation.
On that note, is anybody familiar with Miami Valley Medical College in Dayton, Ohio? Does anybody know anything about their reputation?
I appreciate anybody's help. I'm already "freaking out" and I haven't even started!
Aug 30, '07
Including the clinicals, our class was only 15 days long (M-Th). I didn't think it was too much to take in, in what little time we had. Then again, I already had a fairly extensive knowledge of medicine. I also heard that it really can depend on the teacher you get and how skilled they are at drilling this stuff into your head, and how organized they are to get it all in in that short of time. The CNA that I was paired with during clinicals said that her class didn't even go over Alzheimer's Disease or anything related, b/c they ran out of time. HELLO!?! LOL Most of our class did really well and ended up getting high 90's on the final test.
Sep 4, '07
Thanks for your reassurance.
Alzheimer's?!?! Gee, is that important to know about working in a nursing home? LOL I would think that would be one of the first things they would teach about!
I have some knowledge about medicine, but not a lot. Everything I know I have picked up from being a hospital pharmacy tech. I was able to glean a lot of information from my fellow techs, pharmacists, and the nurses that I worked with. Hopefully that can help carry me, and be able to know what kind of questions I will need to ask if I don't feel everything is being covered.
Sep 4, '07
I took a 1 week (M-F) challenger CNA class in July. They taught only what you needed to know for the state exam. The class was actually M-TH. Friday was an optional review day. I don't know about other states but here in Florida you do not need to have any schooling to take the state exam. You can "challenge" the exam if you like.
Most of the day was spent learning clinicals. Occasionally we would have sit-down breaks where the instructor would do some lecturing.
I made a couple of new friends in the class. After class ended on Friday we vowed to keep in touch and study before the exam. We didn't study together but we did keep in touch. Luckily we all got the same exam date. We met the morning of in the parking lot for a quick review before going in. Myself and another girl forgot our watches and a couple of others forgot pencils. Luckily a couple of people had extra watches and I had stopped to buy pencils. Nerves got the best of us when it came to being prepared, but we managed. I think of the best things you can do is make friends in your class. I don't know what I would have done without those girls that day.
Sep 6, '07
I took a 2 week class and I didn't feel crammed. Personally, everything clicked when it was explained. There is alot of info to remember but it's not complicated. Also, I worked as a student on the floor so I got extra practice in.
Sep 6, '07
I am new to this site, and was wondering,
if anyone know of any two-week CNA Program in Chicago?????????
Mar 24, '08
Wow I wish I could have challenged the exam. I was a CNA for 5 years back 1995-2000 then got out and went another direction. let my cert lexpire thinking I was never going to need it. Now I am in a CNA program as it is a requirement for the Nursing School I am applying too and its 120 hours. So that is every Saturday for 16 weeks. 8 Saturdays of clinicals.
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